Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 landing down under in April

The Wi-Fi only Galaxy Note 8.0 will sell for $459 outright and be available in "early April".

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung has today announced availability and pricing details for its upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 Android tablet.

Read our preview of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 is available for pre-order from today at Samsung's Experience stores in Sydney and Melbourne. It will sell for $459 outright and be available in "early April".

The 3G version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 is expected to be launched at a later date, but Samsung hasn't revealed pricing or a specific availability time frame for that model.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 was officially announced last month at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain. It has an 8in screen, includes a Wacom-powered stylus called the 'S Pen' and can make regular voice calls just like a smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, as it appears on the company's website.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, as it appears on the company's website.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 allows users to use the S Pen on the capacitive "hardware" buttons for back and menu, comes preloaded with the Awesome Note app and includes an infrared port that allows it to act as a universal remote control for devices around the home.

The tablet is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4 processor, has 2GB of RAM and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. There's also a microSD card for extra memory expansion, along with a 4600mAh, non-removable battery.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will initially ship with the 4.1.2 'Jelly Bean' version of Google's Android platform and comes skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface.

Consumers can pre-order the Galaxy Note 8.0 at the new Melbourne Samsung Experience Store, Shop 2351 at Highpoint Shopping Centre, Melbourne, and the Sydney Samsung Experience Store at Sydney Central Plaza, 450 George Street, Sydney.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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7 Comments

Vinnie Vegas

1

I was hoping for a price point around $249-$299. I'd get it without hesitation at that price.

Now, the iPad Mini 2 is looking better and better.

Bummed.

Robert Hawkins

2

$459 is definitely a turn off.

JO JO Dancer

3

you cheap bastard! you can't even compare a ipad mini to this amazing device. why don;t you just get a amazon tablet or better yet a kindle that is more your speed and budget.

Bill Mitchell

4

Well $459 includes the Australian GST (their version of the VAT tax), but the Australian Dollar is actually worth a bit more than the US Dollar. Also things are usually a bit more pricey in Australia in general than USA.

My guess is it releases in USA for $399. The Note 10.1 is selling for $449 right now. Pretty much all of the software the Note 8.0 has will find it's way to the Note 10.1 so the ONLY advantages the Note 8.0 will have over the Note 10.1 is higher PPI (only 40 points) and a smaller form factor - but smaller form factor also means less real estate.

So it looks like Samsung isn't even trying to compete against the other small form true HD tablets out there - they are simply marketing a smaller Note 10.1. For $399 that isn't a bad deal. We'll see. I think $349 would be better.

Bill Mitchell

5

I don't see why anyone ever compares the iPad Mini with the Note Series anyway. The iPad is a toy and the Note is a tool. The iPad is a sportscar, the Note is a minivan (albeit a very nice one with leather seats and video players or the kids). Sportscars are nice but you don't take the kids to soccer practice in one.

Keith

6

If it sell 459 dollars in U.S. , I will not buy it. Maybe note 8.0 is a really a tool for us and ipad is not. However. I am interesting in Samsung products because its price and micro sdcard input no anything else.
If its price is close to Ipad 4, I would not interesting anymore.

Addy

7

Question is can any ipad do what the note does? No. Lets not use abusive speech. Lets share. The Note is probably 5 times higher in functionality than any ipad, worse still the mini which has the older chip. Lets appreciate good effort to encourage more innovation. Lets not be made into religious believers of products but objective consumers. The price of the note is not bad compared to what it offers.

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