Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Asus FonePad were announced at this year’s MWC last month. While the Galaxy Note 8.0 is expected to directly compete against the iPad Mini, the Asus FonePad is supposed to be another budget-friendly offering to compete with the Nexus 7, even though that is another tablet manufactured by Asus, with the differentiating factor being the 1.2 Ghz Intel Atom processor that powers the Asus FonePad, along with its voice-calling capabilities. The good news, if you’re in the UK, is that both tablets are expected to be available in April.
There is no pricing information available just yet, but the Carphone Warehouse in the UK lists both devices as releasing next month. This is expected as far as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is concerned, but is surprising with regards to the Asus FonePad considering the late Q2 2013 arrival that we first heard about. A price listing by another retailer in the UK, Handtec, suggests a possible £371.99 (~$564) price tag for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
As a reminder, the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 include an 8-inch TFT display with 1280×800 resolution, 1.6 Ghz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera, 4,600 mAh battery, S-Pen support, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board (upgradable to Android 5.0). While there are reports that suggest the availability of an LTE version in Europe, the Carephone Warehouse listing does not mention this feature.
The Asus Fonepad boasts a 7-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution, a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB RAM, 8/16GB internal storage expandable via microSD, 3MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera (the rear camera is not available in some European releases), 4,270 mAh battery, HSPA+ and 3G support for voice calls, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board.
An exact launch date is not available as well, but if you’re interested in either of the tablets, you can sign up to receive more information about the release here (Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0) and here (Asus FonePad).
What are your thoughts? Would you consider buying either the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 or the Asus FonePad when it is released? Let us know in the comments section below.