Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

Samsung has certainly been busy flooding the market with Android tablets, including this Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which has been around for more than a year now and unfortunately, the ravages of time are starting to show.

On the Samsung performance ladder, the Note 8.0 is a step up from the Galaxy Tabs, thanks largely to its Exynos 4412 quad-core CPU (if you need help, that’s the chip inside the Aussie version of the Galaxy S3 phone).

But the screen is fairly ho-hum, a straight 1280×800-pixel TFT offering. It’s surprisingly light at 340grams, just nine grams heavy than the iPad mini with Retina display.

A vintage product, starting to show its cracks


That light weight is helped by a relatively low-capacity battery at 4600mAh (the iPad mini’s is 6400mAh), which contributed to a battery life on our testing of only 6hrs35mins. Last year, that would’ve been passable; this year, no – when even Windows x86 tablets can make eight hours, anything under is very ‘2013’.

Samsung differentiates the Note range with a supplied stylus and its own custom TouchWiz front-end. Like most recent Samsung devices, it features the 11-pin MHL/USB port to also give you HDMI video output.

The Exynos 4412 CPU runs four basic ARM Mali 400 GPUs – they’re adequate for gaming, but not really for the $374 asking price.

And that’s the problem – given what $350-$400 buys you elsewhere, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 doesn’t deliver enough in the key performance areas. It needs a sub-$300 price tag to be worth a serious look.

Verdict: Weak battery life, par-level performance and high price hurt this one.

Price: $374
Web: Samsung

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

  • On the other hand . . .

    The biggest problems with Samsung products is the lack of updates. No doubt that contributes to this product showing its age. Kit Kat has been available for 9 months or more and my Samsung tablet still has not been updated. Simply unacceptable!

  • DM

    The Note 8.0 has KitKat 4.4.2 as of 3 months ago….and it’s STILL a great device.