Samsung takes on Apple's iPad Mini with launch of Galaxy Note 8.0

Enterprise-friendly features include running multiple apps, meeting notes template

Samsung took on Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in the small tablet space with the Saturday launch of its Galaxy Note 8.0 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Galaxy Note 8.0, which will hit the market in the second quarter, sports an eight-inch screen, compared with the iPad Mini's 7.9-inch screen, according to an AP report. It also includes a stylus, something the iPad Mini does not have.

Some attractive features of the Galaxy Note 8.0 for enterprise users include the ability to run multiple apps in different windows, as well Samsung's SAFE security platform, noted Zach Epstein on the BGR blog.

Samsung explained that the Galaxy Note 8.0 includes S Note templates and S Planner features, enabling users to take meeting notes, compose to-do lists, and conduct video and voice calling.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 fits in well with Samsung's Galaxy Note line up, right between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II smartphone and the Galaxy Note 10.1 full-size tablet, noted AP.

The international version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 will have support for Wi-Fi and cellular networks, while the U.S. version will be Wi-Fi only, according to a review of the new tablet by Armando Rodriguez of PC World.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and includes a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 5-megapixel camera, Rodriguez noted.

"The tablet's 8-inch screen offers plenty of room for typing and consuming content, such as movies and photos, but the 1280-by-800 resolution means you'll still see individual pixels every so often," he observed.

So far, Samsung has been coy about the price. To be competitive with the iPad Mini, it will have to be in the $300 to $350 range.

For more:
- see Samsung's release
- read the AP report
- check out Epstein's blog
- read Rodriguez's review

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