For readers who are considering buying the iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, here is a specs and price comparison between the two devices in Australia. The comparison could help readers make an informed decision.
Display and Design
The iPad Mini 2 comes with a 7.9 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, rendering 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with an 8 inch TFT capacitive touch screen, rendering 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.
The iPad Mini 2 comes with 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm dimensions and weighs 331 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with 210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm dimensions and weighs 338 grams.
Hardware and Operating System
The iPad Mini 2 is equipped with a 1.3 GHz dual core cyclone processor and Apple A7 chipset. It comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB internal memory variants and no Micro SD slot for additional memory.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is equipped with a 1.6 GHz quad core cortex A9 processor and Exynos 4412 chipset. It comes in 16 GB and 32 GB internal memory variants, which can be expanded by up to 64 GB using a Micro SD card.
The iPad Mini 2 runs on the iOS 7 operating system and has 1 GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs on the Android Jelly Bean operating system and has 2 GB of RAM.
Both the devices sport a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. The iPad Mini 2 has a 1.2 MP secondary camera whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a 1.3 MP secondary camera.
The iPad Mini 2 comes with a non-removable 23.8 Wh Li-Po battery whereas the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery.
Price in Australia
The iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display 16 GB variant is priced at around AU $489.95, the 32 GB variant is priced at around AU $619.95, the 64 GB variant is priced at around AU $749.95 and the 128 GB variant is priced at around AU $869.95. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 16 GB variant is priced at around AU $399.95 in Australia.
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