The launch of the Galaxy Tab 3 series has managed to stir quite a bit of buzz is the tech-enthusiast market. The two tablets released under the Tab 3 label are the Tab 3 7.0 and the Tab 3 8.0. This would mean that Samsung would have a competitor to the Tab 3 8.0 from their own Galaxy series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Which of the two is better? Read on to know!

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Display And Processor

There is virtually nothing to choose from in between the devices when it comes to the display department. Both these devices carry 8 inch panels, packing a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, which brings the PPI to 189. Both tablets have TFT displays, so this is all we can say for the display.

Speaking of the processors on these tablets, the Note 8 beats the Tab 3 8.0 hands down. This, because the Note 8 carries with it a 1.6GHz quad core CPU, which when compared to the Tab 3 8.0’s dual core 1.5 GHz, proves to be far more powerful. Another factor which should play an important role, apart from the processor, in the performance of the devices is RAM. The Note 8 again comes victorious with 2GB of RAM. The Tab 3 8.0, on the other hand, features .5GB less RAM, i.e., 1.5GB. This means that multitasking and hardware intensive applications will run smoother on the Note 8 as compared to the Tab 3 8.0

Camera And Memory

The imaging department of a tablet is often overlooked, because cameras on tablets are usually found to be sub-standard. The Note 8 and the Tab 3 8.0 carry the same set of cameras, i.e., a 5MP rear shooter and a 1.3MP front. So this means cameras are another category where there can’t be one winner.

The 5MP units on these devices are capable of taking pictures up to 2592х1944 pixels, and are assisted with the usual set of features like autofocus, geo-tagging, etc.

On the memory front, the devices again share the same variants, those being 16/32GB. However, it is not clear yet if both the versions will indeed be available in India.

Both devices come with a microSD card slot which can accept cards up to 64GB in size, so storage shouldn’t be a problem in most cases.

Battery And Features

The battery on a tablet is one of the most important hardware components on the device. The device is of no use if a greatly powerful processor is paired with a paltry battery. Thankfully, both these devices seem to take this seriously; the Note 8 features a beefy 4600mAh unit, which can promise you a good day’s usage. On the other hand, the Tab 3 8.0 features a slightly less-powered 4450mAh unit, which should probably manage the same amount of run-time thanks to the less power-hungry processor. The quad core on the Note 8 is definitely going to use up battery faster than the dual core processor on the Tab 3 8.0. An additional feature present in note 8 is its Stylus, which you wont be getting with Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Both tablets come with a powerful and tested Mali 400MP GPU, which means the device will be able to handle most hardware intensive stuff thrown its way.

Key Specs

Model Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display 8 inch 1280x800p 8 inch 1280x800p
Processor 1.2 GHz dual core 1.6 GHz quad core
RAM, ROM 1.5GB RAM, 16/32GB ROM expandable up to 64GB 2GB RAM, 16/32GB ROM expandable up to 64GB
OS Android v4.1 Android v4.1
Cameras 5MP rear, 1.3MP front 5MP rear, 1.3MP front
Battery 4450mAh 4600mAh
Price 21,945-25,725 INR 28,500 INR


There’s virtually nothing to choose from in between these devices, except for the minimal difference in RAM and he noticeable difference in ROM. Apart from that, another thing worth noting is the difference in price; the Tab 3 8.0 is considerably cheaper than the Note 8.
If you’re not into gaming or HD multimedia, the Tab 3 8.0 will definitely be the better choice for you. Why we say this? Firstly, because the device is way cheaper. Secondly, the Note 8 has a very powerful quad core processor you might not need most of the time. Thirdly, the dual core processor on the Tab 3 8.0 is bound to be better efficient at power usage, so you can expect to have a battery backup better than what you’d have on the Note 8.

On the other hand, if you’re into gaming or multimedia or any other hardware intensive stuff, the Note 8 is the one for you.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8 Inch VS Samsung Note 8[Video]