Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is similar in size and shape to Apple's non-Retina iPad mini, but offers some significant pluses. It's got a far more powerful processor that's faster for running applications and graphics, four times the RAM, a higher-resolution screen, includes a stylus for pen-based input, the ability to display as many as three apps on the screen at once, expandable storage and access to the file system. It's also running Android, an open source operating system that can be modified if need be. The Galaxy Note 8 is built around Samsung's Exynos 4412 quad-core system-on-chip with 2 GB of system RAM. Along with its four 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A9 application processor cores, the 4412 SoC incorporates four ARM Mali 400 graphics processors. An 8-inch LED puts out a maximum resolution of 1,280-x-800, or 189 ppi. Galaxy Note 8 weighs just 12 ounces with 3G/LTE or Wi-Fi and can double as a TV remote. Galaxy's available with 16 and 32 GB and starts at $399.