Samsung plans $150 7-inch tablet, Galaxy Note 8 to cost $250-$300

January 23, 2013
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    We already have a good picture of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 tablet, and today we have some news on the price tag of the device.

    The new member of the Note family will be revealed at MWC (we know that officially, thanks to JK Shin himself) with a probable launch date sometimes in March 2013. According to a Digitimes report coming from the usual “industry sources”, the stylus-equipped tablet will sell for a reasonable $250 to $300.

    For comparison, the iPad mini, the rival to beat for the Note 8, costs $329 in the cheapest version, with better equipped models reaching a blistering $659. It’s obvious that Samsung is trying to undercut the iPad mini with the 8-inch model, but also to capitalize on the growing popularity of the Note line of devices, which currently includes the Galaxy Note 2 smartphone and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

    According to the alleged Samsung H1 2013 roadmap that leaked yesterday, the Note 8 will be equipped with a 1280 x 800 LCD display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, a 4600mAh battery and 3G cellular connectivity. Between the specs, the S Pen, and Samsung’s Premium Suite apps, the Note 8 shapes out to be quite a compelling offering. Let’s hope the design is more inspired than what we’ve seen in this supposedly leaked image.

    Galaxy Note 8.0

    A Nexus 7 competitor in the making

    Back in December, we’ve told you about the wave of cheap tablets that Android manufacturers are preparing for the first half of 2013. Acer and Asus, two of the manufacturers mentioned in that report, have already introduced their offerings, the Iconia B1 and the MeMO Pad ME172V respectively.

    Samsung isn’t far behind though, reportedly prepping a 7-inch tablet that will cost between $149 and $199, depending on the memory configuration. Details are scarce for now, but we can assume that the tablet (Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 perhaps) will offer specifications that are similar to the Nexus 7.

    MWC seems a likely venue for the launch of this cheap Samsung tablet, and we’ll be there to bring you all the details.

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    Comments

    • nananonina

      Where is the slot for the S-Pen? Are they going to just let people buy it with the pen and hope to carry it around with them everywhere so they can save up on design costs?

      It’s amazing how much they are keeping the price competitive while retaining many features that one would consider premium product. I am thinking they will take punch since they think increasing their popularity is more important than actual number of sales.

      I would definitely spend another $250 after selling my Nexus 7 in order to use Galaxy note 8.0.

      One thing I would have liked is if they have reduced the size a bit more, maybe to 7.0 so that it could fit inside a pocket and also be light enough to be held with one hand without too much problem.

      • Drew

        “Where is the slot for the S-Pen?”

        If you’re going off the pic, look closely at the bottom left, it’s there. All the way on the side.

        • nananonina

          Extremely feint… I see though.

    • HARLEM HEFNER

      I wish Samsung made a new note 10.1 wit a better screen resolution if Samsung comes out with a 32gb tab I’m so buying it

      • Bone

        Everything in due time. The Note 10.1 is not over it’s cycle, so the follow-up should come no earlier than May.

    • Leo Kanellopoulos

      +1 although wacom digitizer is currently available only for 1280×800 to my understanding and thats the reason we get a shitty screen on such a great tablet

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002255294681 Jimmy Le

      Samsung shouldn’t have to compete with apple. While Samsung makes variations of smart phones and tablet, apple just makes one iphone, one ipad, just one model for anything. They are too cheap and stingy to make variations of anything.

      • amit andriod

        yes you are partially right, apple actually makes only one device others are variation
        ipad is a big iphone without phone
        ipod is small ipad without phone

    • http://twitter.com/MrMattGaulden Matt Gaulden

      Does anyone know if it will have front facing speakers?

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