Galaxy Note 510 vs iPad Mini: Can Samsung Take A Bite Out of Mini Apple Pie?

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When iPad Mini entered India at prices including Rs 21,900, Rs 26,900 and Rs 31,900 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi only variants, the Cupertino-based tech titan surged the market and proved out to be an intense competitor to the other market players prevailing.

Since then, the miniature version of the Apple tablet is gunning in terms of sales. But now it seems, the mini tablet has got a tough rival which can come in the sweet success path of the surging seller.

Yes! this Friday, Samsung has made its 8 inch tablet - Galaxy Note 510 (Note 8.0) official in India. While, the price and release date of the newly launched tablet is still a mystery, however, rumors claim that it will be priced less than iPad Mini an it will directly hit the scorching sales of mini Apple tablet, when it will hit the market retail shelves.

Before both the tablets take up a fight in the market ring, lets look at the comparison below to decide how will they stack up against each other at the final face-off - Galaxy Note 510 and its opponent iPad Mini.

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Galaxy Note 510 vs iPad Mini: Can Samsung Bite the Mini Apple Pie?

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Form Factor: Obviously, Galaxy Note 510 measuring 210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm in dimension and weighing in at 338 grams is thicker and heavier than iPad Mini carrying a dimension of 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm and weighing around 312 grams.

Galaxy Note 510 houses an 8 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and 189 ppi pixel density.

In comparison, iPad Mini packs a 7.9 inch LED backlit multi-touch IPS capacitive touchscreen display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, 162 ppi pixel density approximately and a protective oleophobic coating.

Further, the Galaxy Note 510 comes with S Pen support, S Pen optimized applications including S Pen Gesture, Air View feature and WACOM technology.

Processor: In this segment, again, Galaxy Note 510 grabs the score as it is packed with a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos as compared to the 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor in iPad Mini.

Undoubtedly, ARM Cortex A9 processor is the power-efficient and popular high performance choice in low power or thermally constrained cost-sensitive devices. However, the Exynos 4 Quad SoC uses 20% less power and being a quad core chipset, it results in effective multi-tasking performance.

Operating System: In this contradictory segment, Galaxy Note 510 is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and iPad Mini runs on iOS 6.

Detailing on software features, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has features such as Project Butter, which offers faster, smoother and responsive performance, on-screen navigation buttons, expandable and contractible Android notifications, resizable App Widgets functionality, high resolution contact photos, Android Beam app and more.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has features such as Project Butter, which offers faster, smoother and responsive performance, on-screen navigation buttons, expandable and contractible Android notifications, resizable App Widgets functionality, high resolution contact photos, Android Beam app and more.

Camera: In terms of camera optics, Galaxy Note 510 has a 5MP rear camera with autofocus, geotagging and 1080p video recording ability and a 1.3MP front camera for video calling.

On the other hand, iPad Mini features a 5MP iSight rear camera with autofocus and 720p video recording and a 1.2MP front camera with face detection, FaceTime with an internal connection.

Storage: Galaxy Note 510 comes with 16/32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB additional storage. On the other hand, iPad Mini comes in three variants 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage and 512MB RAM.

However, iPad Mini lacks expandable storage support as in Galaxy Note 510, which is a set back for consumers seeking increased storage facility.

Connectivity: Galaxy Note 510 comes packed with connectivity features including Bluetooth, dual band Wi-Fi, infrared port, micro USB 2.0 and USB host.

On the other hand, iPad Mini comes with dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB 2.0 support.

However, when it comes to the 3G variants, iPad Mini has faster internet connectivity ranging up to 42Mbps.

Battery: While Galaxy Note 510 has a non-removable 4,600 mAh Li-ion battery and iPad Mini is claimed to have a 16.3Wh Li-Po battery offering up to 10 hours of backup.

Other Features: Galaxy Note 510 is packed with a plethora of software features including Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies/Kies Air, Samsung Hub, ChatOn mobile communication service, Smart Stay, Direct Call, Page Buddy/Tag Buddy/Word Buddy, Paper Artist, Flipboard and Multi-View.

Finally, Gizbot leaves the decision to the readers on which is a good tablet on the basis of specs, features and price. Let us know which one you like to buy in the coming months.

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