If you’ve been looking forward to buying the latest addition to Samsung’s growing range of tablets, the Galaxy Note 8.0, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is you haven’t got much longer to wait until it goes on sale, as Carphone Warehouse has it listed for April, but the bad news is it’s likely to cost at least £350.
Announced just before Mobile World Congress, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is an 8-inch tablet with a very similar specification list to the larger Galaxy Note 10.1. It’s powered by a 1.6GHz, quad-core processor, has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution screen, a 5 megapixel camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its operating system. It also comes with the S Pen stylus, and plenty of specially designed apps with which to use it.
So how much are you going to have to pay for the Note 8.0? Online retailer Handtec has the device up for pre-order at £370, while CNET reports Expansys will be selling it for £350. With the Galaxy Note 10.1 coming in at £400, this isn’t much of a difference for a considerably smaller screen, however it’s worse when you look at the Note 8.0′s competition.
Provided you don’t care about the S Pen stylus, a £170 Nexus 7 has almost identical hardware, while arch rival Apple charges £260 for its basic iPad Mini tablet. A device most people thought was too expensive when it was announced.
Will the surprisingly high pre-order price turn out to be correct, or will it drop below £300 when it’s available to buy. We’d say it has to if Samsung wants to sell more than a handful.