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It looks like, the pre event of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 definitely knocked off the tech media world. While, the technology enthusiasts were ushered to the different manufacturer's respective audis, all were stunned by the new range of future gadgets which were bared at the tech show.
Although a couple of smartphones were launched before the event, however, in the end, the tablets stole the spotlight at the show. And when the talk is about tablets, how can Apple and Samsung be disregarded. While, Apple was not present at the event, the South Korean giant unveiled its highly rumored Android tablet - Galaxy Note 8.0.
As of now, the pricing of Galaxy Note 8.0 - the Jelly Bean based 8 inch tablet remains a mystery. However, rumors claim that it will be priced less than iPad Mini. Further, the Samsung tablet comes with Wi-Fi and optional 3G connectivity feature supporting Micro-SIM.
On the other hand, HP has also surprised the tech media with the launch of an Android tablet, ditching Windows RT. HP came up with Slate 7 - an affordable 7 inch Jelly Bean tablet at the MWC 2013 event in Barcelona.
Although it is a low end device and not a premium Tegra 4 device, however, with the launch of Slate 7, the rumors claiming that HP is planning to enter the Android tablet game have proved their existence. The tablet is priced affordably at $169 (approx. Rs 9,200), which seems to highly focused on first time tablet users.
Eventually, Gizbot has come up with a spec comparison between the two newly uncovered Android Jelly Bean tablets that are on cards for Q2 release.
Form Factor: Obviously, Galaxy Note 8.0 measuring 7.95 mm in thickness and weighing in at 338 grams is lighter and thinner than the Slate 7 tablet measuring 10.7 mm in thickness and weighing 368 grams approximately.
Eventually, Galaxy Note 8.0 houses a better 8 inch WXGA multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and 189 ppi pixel density.
In comparison, Slate 7 has a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and 170 ppi pixel density approximately.
Further, the Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with S Pen support, optimized applications including S Pen Gesture, Splanner, Air View feature, WACOM technology and more.
Processor: In this segment, again, Galaxy Note 8.0 grabs the score as it is packed with a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos as compared to the 1.6GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor in Slate 7.
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: Both Slate 7 and Galaxy Note 8.0 are based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and hence, they come packed with new features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible Android notifications, improved Google Now, live wallpapers support and more.
Camera: In terms of camera optics, Galaxy Note 8.0 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, Slate 7 features a 3.15MP rear camera with 720p video recording and a VGA front camera for video chatting sessions.
Storage: Again, Galaxy Note 8.0 is a winner in terms of storage as it comes with 16GB/32GB onboard storage, 2GB RAM and micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB additional storage. In comparison, Slate 7 has 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory.
Connectivity: Galaxy Note 8.0 scores more weightage with dual band Wi-Fi, optional 3G HSPA connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, IrDA and micro USB 2.0.
On the other hand, the WI-Fi only HP tablet has features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: While Galaxy Note 8.0 has a non-removable 4,600 mAh Li-ion battery, Slate 7 comes loaded with a non-removable battery delivering 5 hours of media usage.
Other Features: Galaxy Note 8.0 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. At the same time, the HP offering has High-aperture-ratio Field Fringe Switching (HFFS), which offers wide viewing angles even in outdoor lighting conditions.
In the end, Gizbot has left 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.