Published on April 25, 2013 1:00 PM

Screen Test: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Better than the iPad Mini?

We're currently in the process of testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. Ahead of the full review, coming next week, here's a quick look at our initial test results from tablet's screen. 

Operating system (OS) Android
OS version tested Android 4.1.2
Chipset (SoC)
Processor (CPU) Exynos 4412 1.6 GHz
No. of CPU cores 4
Screen 8 inches PLS Capacitive
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Internal storage / SDHC slot / External storage 16 GB / no / yes
Battery life 10 hrs
Battery capacity
Dimensions/Weight 135.9 x 210.8 x 7.95 mm / 338 g
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / 3G / 4G (LTE) yes / / yes / no
Ports micro-USB, 3.5 mm jack
NFC no

While the Galaxy Tab 7.7 had an AMOLED screen, Samsung has opted for a PLS LCD in this 8" tablet. And Samsung has once again done a decent job, with a screen that's very bright and has a nice level of contrast. We measured the average contrast at 800:1 for a maximum screen brightness of 445 cd/m²—one of the highest on the market right now. The screen does, however, have a very glossy finish, so you won't necessarily feel the full benefit of this high brightness when using the screen in bright, outdoor conditions. Note that a special "outdoor" mode is on hand for video playback, ramping up the colours and contrast outlandishly.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Speaking of colours, Samsung has missed the mark this time in terms of spot-on fidelity of the kind graphic designers and photo buffs might require. With an average Delta E of 6.5 (this should be as close to zero as possible, with a score under 3 required for "accurate" colours), the Note 8.0 doesn't excel when it comes to colour fidelity, especially with primary hues. Still, that won't be problematic for most general, day-to-day users. The colour temperature stays nicely balanced over the whole spectrum at 7560 kelvins, with no trace of a blue overtone. 

We measured the screen ghosting time at 28 ms, which is quite low for a PLS/IPS screen. However, it's still 10 ms higher than an iPad (which also has an IPS screen). The touchscreen controls aren't quite as responsive as the iPad Mini either, with the Note 8.0 scoring 134 ms in our new test for touch-responsiveness (more on that soon) compared with 81 ms for the Mini.

In the end, this PLS display is more or less on par with the iPad Mini screen. Each outdoes the other on certain fronts—Apple wins for responsiveness while Samsung leads on brightness. But when it comes to readability, Samsung's higher screen resolution comes out on top, making reading onscreen more comfortable here than with an iPad Mini. 

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