Unveiled less than two months ago, the S Pen-toting Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is already available in the US of A via a number of online retailers. That’s the good news, seeing as Sammy has kept its promise from a few days ago, but we also have some bad news for you.
The 8-incher is up for grabs for a pricey $399.99, as expected. And that’s with just 16 GB of on-board storage and no cellular connectivity, mind you. How steep is that price? Pretty steep, but then again the GNote 8.0 doesn’t exactly play in the same league as Google’s Nexus 7 or Apple’s iPad Mini.
Instead, this snazzy-looking slab of silicon ups the ante considerably in the hardware department, with a zippy quad-core 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 CPU and 2 GB of RAM. The 4,600 mAh battery is pretty comfortable, while the 1,280 x 800 pix res panel is nothing to sneeze at. Oh, and did I mention the S Pen support?
Anyway, you probably know already if the Note 8.0 suits your needs and, if it does, you’re only a couple of clicks away from purchasing it. Some of the bigger online retailers that have it in stock are Amazon, Best Buy, Staples and Newegg, all of which offer the white Wi-Fi only version for the same $399.99 with free shipping.
A “charcoal black” model is to possibly come your way in the future too, but before that we should probably see the 3G-enabled and 32 GB variants up for sale. As for the 16 GB white model, none of the retailers currently selling it mention anything about the preloaded $200 worth extras Samsung promised.
Hopefully, you will still get all those advertised freebies, including the 50 GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years and the $25 Google Play credit.
If you’re still not sold on the idea of coughing up 400 bucks for an 8-inch tablet, maybe our first look video from MWC (embedded above) will help seal the deal. So how about it, guys, too expensive or too darn nice to look away?
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$400 is too much. Samsung are getting too big for their boots with this one.
haha 400? better buy something WAY MORE BETTER
Good luck with that. You won’t FIND anything else with the same features.
CPU, RAM and stylus are the only characteristics of the Note 8 that are above the crowd. All others are either matched or surpassed by the two other “good” 7-8″ tablets, be it the screen (Nexus 7) or the GPU, materials, weight, screen estate, app ecosystem, available accessories, OS updates, battery life, camera, connectivity and capacity (iPad Mini). And they both cost…less.
This is truly a product for blindfolded fanboys, not for any reasonable objective consumer.
I keep having to spell this out and I don’t know why.
CPU and RAM updates … Uh, yeah. New stuff costs more. The devices you mention cost less because they are OLDER and they don’t have unique, custom Wacom tech in them. The HTC Flyer was $1000 when it came out a few years ago!! To see this low of a price point for this kind of tech is unheard of.
If you don’t want Samsung’s enhancements or a stylus, go get an iPad or an N7, but for those who like the added features and enhancements, this is an incredible deal. You yourself don’t make up the entire market.
I love the N7 but it’s too plain for me. Awesome for people who want pure android and an excellent price point but not for people who want a stylus and expandable memory, etc.
Not for 400 bucks. Maybe in a few months Sammie will come out with a budget 8″ without the S pen….
It’s called the Galaxy Tab and it’s been out for quite some time now.
no 32gb epic fail
16 gig micro SD card will take care of that.
I want the version with phone capability — will be great to use with Bluetooth. What is the hope of that version coming to the US and when?
I bought it and love it. It works brilliantly, it truly makes you think differently on what a tablet should do.
My wife bought it for me as a gift. I love it. It works brilliantly, it makes you think differently on what to expect from a tablet.