Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs Note 8.0 

Released December, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.1
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
7.9 Out of 10
The 8.9-inch size just makes the screen even clearer, because the screen is smaller and packs in more pixels.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
Released April, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

  • 8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
8 Out of 10
Viewing angles are excellent and are on par with IPS displays: even off angle colors are strong as is contrast.
by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2013)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 8.9 vs Note 8.0


Processing power and speed

Passmark, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 8.9 vs Note 8.0

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy Tab 8.9
2,160 ms
Galaxy Note 8.0
1,021.7 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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Significantly faster web browser 2,133 vs 1,610 Around 35% better BrowserMark score
Significantly newer operating system Android 3.1 vs Android 4.2 Newer android OS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 3.1) vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Bigger screen 8.9" vs 8" More than 10% bigger screen
Slightly longer battery life 9 hour vs 8 hour Around 15% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 3.1) vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
Back view of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

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More processing power 2,951 vs 1,876 More than 55% better passmark score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly faster processor 1.6 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 60% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (Android 3.1) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v3.0) 8x faster Bluetooth
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Lighter 338 g vs 447 g Around 25% lighter
Higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 3.15 MP Around 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Newer Apr, 2013 vs Dec, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Sharper screen 188 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 10% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly thinner 8 mm vs 8.6 mm More than 5% thinner
Slightly smaller 136 x 211 x 8 mm vs 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm More than 25% smaller

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs Note 8.0 

Viewing angles are pretty decent, and so is outdoor visibility, as the display is able to get quite bright.
Galaxy Note 8.0

It's worth noting that the clear screen and accurate touchscreen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 make the interface pop on the screen - it's easy to control this tablet and the bright screen makes the UI more engaging.
Galaxy Tab 8.9


8.0 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
Note 8.0 
Size 8.9" 8"
Technology PLS LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1280 x 800
PPI 169 ppi 188 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1.6 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
Note 8.0 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.92 MP 1.3 MP
Rear camera 3.15 MP 5 MP


USB support USB 2.0 1 USB 2.0
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 447 g 338 g
Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm 136 x 211 x 8 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 8 mm
Battery life 9 hour 8 hour
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