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After several dominating years of 9.7-inch iPad sales, customers now seem to shift their preference to the smaller and cheaper android tablets. There is an array of smaller and cheaper tablets in the market and two of today’s choice are Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
Samsung recently launched its new 8 inch tablet Galaxy Note 8.0 at MWC 2013 and seems to take on the 7-inch tablet offering from its competitors.
Here is head to head comparison of Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note 8.0:
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is taller and wider than Nexus 7 with 8.30 x 5.35 x 0.31 inch dimensions. Nexus 7 sports 81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches dimensions.
Both Google Nexus 7 and Galaxy 8.0 are quite similar weight wise with 0.75 pounds and 0.74 pounds respectively.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet packs a powerful Quad-core Exynos processor at 1.6GHz whereas Nexus 7 features a 1.3 GHz Quad-core Tegra 3 Processor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 sports a big 8 inch TFT LCD screen and Nexus 7 have a 7-inch HD IPS display. Both the tablets have the same resolution with 1280 x 800 pixels. Google Nexus 7 has a higher pixel density of 216 ppi, whereas Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 189ppi.
Storage and Memory
Both the Android tablets come in 16/32GB version, although Galaxy Note 8.0 supports MicroSD card and offers an expandable memory option up to 64GB.
Google Nexus lacks in terms of memory with 1GB storage capacity whereas Galaxy Note 8.0 offers 2GB memory.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, whereas Google Nexus runs on an upgraded version of Android 4.2.1.
Both the tablets offer quite similar battery usage. A 4600mAh battery powers Galaxy Note 8.0 whereas Google Nexus 7 is powered by a 4325mAh battery offering 10 hours of usage.
Google Nexus lacks far behind Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 in terms of camera. Nexus 7 lacks a rear facing camera and has a front camera with 1.2 megapixel, whereas Galaxy Note comes with a good quality 5 megapixel rear facing camera and a 1.3 front facing camera.
A 4325 mAh battery powers the Nexus 7 and offers 10 hours of usage. By contrast, a slightly bigger 4600 mAh battery fuels the Galaxy Note 8.0. The usage support offered is currently not known.
Availability and Price
Price range of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is not yet revealed by the company, but it is expected to lie somewhere between $249 to $299. It will be available for sale in Q2 2013. Google Nexus 7, on the other hand, is available via Google Play Store in three variants 32GB (Wi-Fi and HSPA+), 32GB (Wi-Fi) and 16GB (Wi-Fi) for 299, $249 and $199 respectively.
While both the tablets Galaxy Note 8.0 and Nexus 7 pack in the exciting features, Samsung has an additional feature of S Pen Stylus and TouchWiz UI which may tilt the scales in its favor.