Samsung has created an entire line of Android phones and tablets that use the "S Pen" to allow manual input on the screen. The most recent tablet offered was the Galaxy Note 10.1. The company has announced that the anticipated smaller slate, the Note 8.0, will sell beginning April 11 at major retailers. The price will be $399, making it competitive with the iPad mini it is obviously taking on directly.
The Note 8.0 has impressive hardware, including the 8-inch touch display running at a resolution of 1280x800. The S Pen is fully supported with a collection of apps from Samsung designed to take advantage of drawing and handwriting on the screen.
Samsung has placed a quad-core processor (1.6GHz) in the Note 8.0, and a 4,600mAH battery to keep things running for "up to 9 days". We'll have to see that in practice to believe it.
Samung has stated that the Note 8.0 is preloaded with "content and services valued at over $200, including 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years, 1 month free of unlimited music streaming in Samsung's Music Hub". There's also microSD slot to store all that content, something the iPad mini lacks.
The tablet is not showing up on Amazon yet, so anxious buyers may have to wait until the 11th, as stated. Until then, the official Note 8.0 website has all the information you need. The Note 8.0 is only available in white, and has a MSRP of $399. It will be available at Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, hh gregg, Newegg, PC Richard & Son, Staples, and TigerDirect.com.
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