After Apple launched its first iPad, the South Korean company began printing tablets and trying to make the most of the market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has S-Pen support, used in Galaxy Note and Note II.
Note 8.0 and Note II also have the same chipset and processor frequency.
We list the main disadvantages that appear in tablets in our opinion:
- speakers below and not front on both sides, as in the big Galaxy Note 10.1;
- there is no feeling of premium device, such as iPad Mini;
- there is no FM radio and NFC support;
- questionable quality photos and videos.
But in principle, Samsung has created a good device that can compete with the iPad Mini in all directions. There is higher screen resolution, a reliable chipset and an S-Pen. The South Korean manufacturer has also managed to ensure that with an 8-inch screen, the thickness of the gadget is only 8 mm.
Now let's take a closer look at the new product.
- 1 Appearance and management
- 2 Performance and software
- 3 display
- 4 camera
Appearance and management
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (N5110) measures 210.8×135.9×8 mm, which is slightly thicker than the iPad Mini, but almost the same in width and height.
The tablet weighs about 338 grams, which is 25 grams heavier than the iPad Mini.
The design borrowed the main features from the Galaxy S III smartphone.
We have to say that the hyperglaze finish looks a little better than on a smartphone.
Above the display is a 1.3 megapixel camera and several other items.
Speaking of light sensor, we should mention that the tablet received an RGB sensor, as in note II. It is capable of responding to the entire spectrum of ambient light, and not just to the green channel. This results in improved performance in some types of artificial lighting.
As with other devices, the tablet has the ability to control the brightness of the screen without turning off the automatic mode. Determine the compensation so that the Galaxy Note 8.0 screen is always a little brighter or dimmer than at the automatically selected level.
At the bottom of the screen are the physical hardware button "Home" and the touch buttons "Menu" and "Back".
On the left side of Note 8.0 there is a microSD card slot and a rocker for adjusting the sound volume, an IR port window and a power on / off button. Since there is 3G / LTE version in N5100 version, there is also a SIM card slot on the left.
At the top is a 3.5 mm audio jack.
At the bottom is a pair of speakers, on both sides of the microUSB port, which is used to upload and transfer data between the tablet and the computer. It has MHL support, so you can output HD video through an HDMI adapter or enable the USB host via another adapter.
In our opinion, the stereo speakers at the bottom are not the best solution. So, in Galaxy Note 10.1, the front speaker layout is better suited for gaming and multimedia use.
The stylus jacket is also located at the bottom. The style itself is not perfectly round, like the original version, so it does not rotate in the socket and it is easier to replace it.
On the back cover you can see the lens of a 5 megapixel camera conveniently located at the top of the gadget. If you place the tablet with your back on a surface, the eye of the camera will come in contact with it, although the tempered glass is not easy to scratch, but you have to be careful.
From a management point of view, the gadget is very convenient to hold in one hand, although I did not notice a big difference in this regard with the iPad Mini.
Performance and software
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 uses the Exynos 4412 Cortex-A9 4-core processor with a clock frequency of 1.6 GHz, a Mali-400 GPU and 2 GB RAM. Operating System – Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Internal memory of 16 or 32 GB, depending on the version, there is a slot for microSD memory cards.
The tablet also has the same hardware as the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
In the Benchmark Pi, the novelty scored about the same as the Galaxy Note 2.
AnTuTu and Quadrant have presented similar results, which can be compared more or less with the newest generation of flagship devices, but of course they cannot compete with this year's top models.
In the GLBenchmark 2.5 test, which is GPU tested, the device appeared at the bottom of the table when tested in 1080p screen mode.
Epic Citadel, on the other hand, measured performance at its original screen resolution. Here, the gadget also bypassed the latest Galaxy S III last year, but it lags behind the top modern models.
Overall, the device showed regular performance during testing.
The tablet supports 3G / LTE (optional), Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, dual band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has a standard LCD screen. The South Korean company refused to use AMOLED displays, which were only installed on Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Here the screen has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, ie a density of 189 ppi and an aspect ratio of 16:10.
The gadget shows very clear images. The contrast is good, the colors are realistic. However, it should be noted that the readability in the sun is poor and viewing angles are also not the best.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 uses a 5 megapixel main camera, which is capable of capturing photos with a maximum resolution of 2592×1944 pixels and video of 1280×720 pixels. The 1.3 megapixel front camera is located on the front panel.
The camera application offers a wide range of functions: geotagging, tactile focus, panorama, smile detection, low light mode, various effects and more.
The actual image quality is good enough for a 5 megapixel camera. In the photo you can distinguish many small details, and the noise is quite low. The colors aren't bad, but they go for "cool" tones. But, as mentioned, Note 8.0 is not the most convenient device that can be used for many active footage.
Now let's move on to the video features. Touch recording is available during recording, after which you can revert to continuous autofocus.
The video with HD resolution is recorded in MP4 format with a bitrate of 12 Mbps, a frame rate of 30 per second, audio is captured with a bitrate of 128 Mbps and a sampling frequency of 48 kHz.
The quality of the video was not impressive. It is quite medium: there is not enough detail, the colors do not always look natural even in well-lit rooms.
The tablet uses a non-detachable lithium-ion battery, with a capacity of 4600 mAh, which, according to the manufacturer, should be sufficient for 120 hours of music listening and 8 hours of multimedia content.
In our opinion, the battery is the weakness of this gadget.
The cost of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 on the Russian market is 17,990 rubles for the Wi-Fi version only and 21,990 rubles for the Wi-Fi + 3G / LTE version.
You can also see the ipad review.
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