iPad mini with Retina Display vs. Galaxy Note 8.0

Features Tony Crammond 09:52, Oct 24 2013

We compare Apple's newly unveiled iPad mini with Samsung's own miniature-sized effort, the Galaxy Tab 8.0

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled the follow-up to its acclaimed iPad mini, the iPad Mini with Retina Display (or iPad mini 2, to you and me) and the device looks to have been upgraded in every key area. But just how good is the small tablet when held up against a good value Android device, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0?


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has an 8-inch, TFT capacitive touchscreen that operates at 800 x 1280 and boasts a pixel density of 189PPI.

The iPad mini 2 has a 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that runs at 1536 x 2048 and pushes 324PPI. The device supports multi-touch input and the screen has an oleophobic coating to repel oily fingerprints from besmirching the display.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 has an ample amount of power, with 2GB RAM and an Exynos 4412 chipset which consists of a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor and a Mali-400MP GPU. The device comes with either 16 or 32 GB of on-board storage and has a micro SD slot for up to 64GB of expansion.

Apple may have given the iPad mini 2 just 1GB RAM but it also opted to imbue the device with the same 64-bit A7 chipset as the new iPad Air and iPhone 5s, giving the tablet a 1.3GHz dual-core Cyclone CPU and PowerVR G6430 GPU.

The device comes with 16, 32, 64 or 128GB storage space, though there’s no slot for extra memory.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - 210.8 x 135.9 x 8mm – 338g

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display - 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm – 341g

The iPad mini 2 is cut from the same cloth as the original device. The front is made of toughened glass and the rear has a brushed aluminium finish, and the package looks every bit the high-end Apple product. Of course, we don’t know anything about build quality quite yet, but Apple’s standards are always very high, so we expect a top quality finish.

Samsung has chosen to make the Galaxy Note 8.0 from plastic, meaning that it completely lacks the premium feel of the iPad mini. That said, the device is actually well built and light and very comfortable to use, even for extended periods.

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