Difference between Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Key difference: The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 aims at filling the gap between the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Galaxy Note 8 features an 8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. The device is powered by a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 and 2 GB of RAM. The device runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a 10.1-inch tablet that was launched in May 2012. The tablets sports a Plane Line Switching (PLS) TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 149 ppi density, making the resolution on the screen not that great. The Wi-Fi model is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile model is powered by 1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait Qualcomm processor.

Samsung is a major player on the world smartphone platform. It is the second most popular smartphone retailer in the world by number of units sold, after Apple. It is in fact the first most popular Android smartphone retailer in the world by number of units sold. The company’s Samsung Galaxy S3 was the first phone that gave the iPhone a real competition. Hence, effectively making the Galaxy brand, a brand to be reckoned with.

Another line of products that Samsung has made popular is the ‘phablet’ by introducing the Samsung Galaxy Note. A phablet is a cross between a phone and a tablet; it sized as a table but with all the properties of a phone. Samsung’s latest product in this category is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. While, officially the Note 8 is considered a tablet, it does come with the optional SIM slot, thus allowing it calling and 3G capabilities.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 aims at filling the gap between the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Galaxy Note II featured a 5.55 inch screen, while the Galaxy Note 10.1, as the name suggests a 10.1 inch screen. There just wasn’t an option in between unless one considered the Galaxy Tab series, which of course did not come with the S-pen stylus.

The Galaxy Note 8 features an 8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. The device is powered by a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 and 2 GB of RAM. The device runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). It is available with or without the support for a SIM and in 16 GB or 32 GB variants. In addition of the 16GB or 32 GB internal storage, the device hosts an external storage capacity of up to 64 GB. The device features a 5 MP primary camera with a 1.3 MP secondary primary camera.

In addition to the above mentioned features, the phone also boasts several features that are available on the Samsung Galaxy S4. This includes ‘Samsung WatchON’ that transforms the phone into an IR remote controller to connect to the home entertainment system; as well as ChatON, which allows the user to share the phone’s screen with other users. In addition the device also has a split screen capability that allows two or more applications to share the screen. These applications include email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, and more. The phone also has the popular ‘Air View’ feature, which allows users to preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts, before opening them.

Following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Samsung also needed a tablet for competing in the 10-inch tablet market. Lo and behold it launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which shares many similarities to its little brother. Similar to the Tab 2 7.0, the company launched two models of the Tab 2 10.1: Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Mobile. The Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Mobile are quite identical in looks and also have similar hardware under the hood. The only differences between the two are the processor speed, OS and the camera features. The two different models allow the consumer to have the choice of either having only Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Mobile capabilities and pay accordingly.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a 10.1-inch tablet that was launched in May 2012. According to many review websites, the tablet has been a bit of a letdown compared to the original Tab 10.1. The company has completely shifted the focus of the tab and has even downgraded some of the features. To some it is worth the price, while the others are willing to shell out a little extra if the features are up to mark. The company has managed to keep the slim and sleek design of the device, which is one of the many good features of the Tab. The chassis is plastic and is available in brushed Titanium Grey, giving it a metal look. The speakers have been moved to the front of the screen and placed between the bezel and the chassis, making it seem like the tablet has ‘ears’. This also takes away from the fluidity of the bezel of the screen.

The tablets sports a Plane Line Switching (PLS) TFT capacitive touchscreen with approximately 149 ppi density, making the resolution on the screen not that great. The company has managed to put excellent viewing angles on the device but it still has a lot of reflective ability, making it harder to work under direct sunlight. The Wi-Fi model is powered by 1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile model is powered by 1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait Qualcomm processor. Both the models offer 1 GB RAM. The device is a bit jerky in responding and is a little slow when switching between home screens. The Wi-Fi model comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the Wi-Fi + Mobile comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but fear not the Wi-Fi model is upgradable to v4.1. Samsung has also added a screenshot button to the soft buttons at the bottom of the screen.

When in landscape mode, the device houses five features on the top of the device: a volume rocker, microSD slot, power/sleep button, an IR blaster, and a headphone jack. The camera sans flash resides on the back, while a dock connector and microphone pinhole are at the bottom of the device. The device offers a 3MP rear camera and a VGA camera for video calling. The rear camera offers decent images, though they images may be grainy when not taken in adequate lighting. The Wi-Fi model offers various camera features such as: Shot Modes Effects, ISO, Scene mode, Shooting mode, White balance, Camcorder, HD Recording and HD Playback. The device also has video taking capability. The tablet is available with 16/32 GB internal storage capacity that is upgradable by 32GB. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 houses a powerful non-removable Li-Po 7000 mAh battery, providing a good battery life compared to many other tablets. The device comes with already loaded Samsung apps, while other apps can be downloaded from the Google Play.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Samsung website, expertreviews.co.uk  and GSMarena.com.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Launch Date

Q2 2013

May 2012

Company

Samsung

Samsung

Size

210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm (8.30 x 5.35 x 0.31 in)

256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm

Display

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

10.1-inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen

Screen

800 x 1280 pixels, 8.0 inches (~189 ppi pixel density)

800 x 1280 pixels (~149 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass

Weight

338 g (11.92 oz)

581 grams (Wi-Fi only) and 583 (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE (market dependent)

LTE Dual-band:17 and 4

GUI

TouchWiz UI

TouchWiz UX UI

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9

1 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9 (Wi-Fi only)1.5GHz, Dual-core Krait, Qualcomm (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

GPU

Mali-400MP

PowerVR SGX540

OS

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android v4.0 (Wi-Fi) and Android v4.1 (Wi-Fi + Mobile)

Chipset

Exynos 4412

TI OMAP 4430

RAM

2 GB RAM

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

Micro-SIM (optional)

mini-SIM

Internal Memory

16/32 GB storage

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD, up to 64 GB

Upgradable to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, light, compass

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz), WiFi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB 2.0

EDGE, GPRS, LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB.

Data

HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS, WAP, GPS, AGPS

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, USB Host, Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Speed

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

USB

Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

USB v2.0, USB Host

Primary Camera

5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus

3.15 MP

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP

VGA

Video

Yes, [email protected]

Full [email protected]

Camera Features

Auto Focus; Shot Modes, Buddy Photo Share, Cartoon, Panorama, Share Shot, Single Shot, Smile Shot; Geo-tagging; Camcorder; DivX®; HD Recording; HD Playback; Video Share; TV-Out; Online Image Uploading

Shot Modes, Effects, ISO

Scene mode, Shooting mode, White balance, Camcorder, HD Recording, HD Playback

Sound Enhancement

-

SoundAlive

Audio supported formats

MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3,

FLAC

MP3, AAC/ AAC+/ EAAC+, WMA, OGG (vorbis), FLAC, AC-3

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX

3GP, AMR, H.263, H.264, MPEG4,QCIF

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 7000 mAh battery

Stand-by

Up to 30 Days

3G: 26 Days

Talk time

Up to 9 Days

3G: 12 hours

Available Colors

Marble White

Titanium Silver, White

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Email, Push Email, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5 - Android + Samsung / Android Browser / Chrome Browser (GMS)

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

A-GPS with GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Video Play back 1080p Full HD video @ 30fps
  • ChatON
  • D/L from Playstore
  • Android Ecosystem / Samsung Apps
  • Readers / Music / Game / Video(Media, Na)
  • Hub / Learning Hub
  • Samsung Kies, Kies Air
  • Dropbox 50GB Free
  • Microsoft Office-compatible
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Smart Unlock
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor/viewer
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Downloadable Content
  • Samsung Media Hub
  • Samsung S Suggest
  • Samsung Kies/ Kies Air
  • Polaris Document editor
  • Samsung L!ve Panel

Image Courtesy: samsung.com

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