Better late than never: Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, announced at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, joins the crowded handheld multimedia tablet space, alongside the iPad mini, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, and others.
We've already seen how the top four 7- to 8-inch tablets stack up against each other, but what about the newest device on the block? How does Samsung's newest Note compare to the bestselling iPad mini?
Samsung hasn't released all of the Galaxy Note 8's technical details yet - including the most important one: price - so we compared the new tablet to the iPad mini in four other major categories: size, display, memory, and camera.
This is how Samsung's new Note 8 fared:
Galaxy Note 8
8.3 x 5.3 in, .74 lbs
8-inch, 1280 x 800
2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB, up to 64GB with micro SD
Rear: 5MP Front: 1.3MP
7.87 x 5.3 in, .68 lbs
7.9-inch, 1024 x 768
512MB RAM, 16 or 32 or 64GB
Rear: 5MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1080p video Front: 1.2MP, 720p video
As we saw in our previous handheld tablet matchup, the iPad mini is easily beat out in terms of display resolution and memory, but Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is slightly heavier.
One noteworthy edge that the Galaxy Note 8 has over the iPad mini is the S-Pen stylus, which we enjoyed using during our test-drive of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a phone-tablet hybrid.
We'll reserve our final thoughts on Samsung's new tablet until more information is available. No word yet on US availability or pricing - the company is planning for an initial Q2 release in Europe and Asia only.