Ever since Apple's release of the first iPad, Samsung has been churning out tablets to battle them on so many fronts it's starting to look like overkill. With so many larger Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note varieties out there, it makes sense that Samsung would try to compete against Apple's latest offering too, the iPad mini.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 caters to a crowd that wants in on the whole tablet game, but wouldn't go all-in with a full-size device. Samsung is able to deliver on this, building on the market experience of its phablets, the S-pen-enabled Galaxy Note and Note II.
In fact, the similarities between the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and Note II go even further than the S-pen, as both devices feature the same chipset and processor speed, Android build, and very similar display resolutions. Here's a quick look at what's going on under the hood of the Galaxy Note 8.0:
Samsung has done well to offer a device that can compete with the iPad mini across the board. The Note 8.0 gives you a higher resolution WXGA screen, as well as a more robust chipset, and, of course, the S-pen. Samsung even managed to trim down the waistline compared to other Note devices, bringing the 8-inch screen in just 8mm of thickness.
Ultimately, can the Note 8.0 be considered a Note II on steroids, or simply a device made to entice users away from the ubiquitous iPad mini? Perhaps even a little of both? Let's take a look at what makes the Note 8.0 tick, starting on the next page with our hardware inspection.