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Samsung Galaxy Note 510 – Hands-on Review

After numerous rumors and leaked pictures, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was finally unveiled at the February 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Samsung has now launched the same tablet in India but renamed it the Galaxy Note 510. Here, the tablet will also double as a phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 510

This 8 inch tablet is all set to lock horns with the 7.9 inch iPad Mini. But does it have what it takes to oust the fast selling Mini? And is it a worthy upgrade from the similar sized Samsung Galaxy Tab 310? Here’s a hands on look at the tech specs of the Note 510.

Design & Form Factor

The Galaxy Note 510 is a slim tablet whose design is remarkably similar to that of Note II with smooth curvy corners and flat edges. In typical Samsung fashion, the tablet’s casing is of white glossy plastic but with a metal finish around the edges that lends the Note 510 a classy look.

The tablet is incredibly slim with a thickness of only 7.95 mm (0.3 inches). Weighing 11.9 ounces (338 grams) it is only marginally heavier than the iPad Mini. The device feels very comfortable to hold in just hand and doesn’t put any strain on the wrist when held for a long time.

The bottom edge contains the speakers, a micro USB port and the best of all, an in built slot to house the S Pen. The left edge has the volume rocker, the lock button as well as the Infrared (IR) blaster while the right edge houses the microSD port and a SIM card slot. At the center of the bottom bezel is the device’s tiny rectangular physical home button flanked by the back key on the right and the menu key on the left side, all of which can be controlled by the S Pen.

Software & User Interface

While the Note 510 was showcased running the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, it is expected to be upgraded to the newest Android 4.2 before shipping. Naturally the tablet will contain all the latest upgrades this Google OS has to offer. The tablet will be able to support multitasking of up to 20 apps. The TouchWiz UI will make its usual appearance on a Samsung device. It is as colorful and pleasing to the eyes as it has always been.

Hardware & Performance

The tablet has a sizeable 8 inch display with a screen resolution of 1280×800 pixels. Its pixel resolution of 189 pixels per inch is similar to that of the iPad Mini.

A Quad Core Exynos CPU clocking at 1.6 GHz powers the Note 510. The processor performs exceptionally well, opening apps very quickly, which is expected since the tablet’s relatively low screen resolution means that there aren’t too many pixels taxing the processor.

The device has a 5 megapixel rear camera that is capable of recording videos but lacks an LED Flash. The secondary camera for video calling is a 1.3 megapixel one. The tablet has a 2GB RAM and a rather powerful and energy efficient 4600 mAh battery.

The internal memory of the tablet will vary according to the model; there is a 16GB variant and a 32GB one. Additionally, the microSD expansion slot can support memory cards up to 64GB.

The tablet’s price hasn’t been revealed yet but its release date should fall around April.

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar

Vishal Gaikar is a professional blogger from Pune, India. He is Software Engineer, Web Addicted. At Shake the Tech, he writes on Technology, Gadgets & so on. Follow me @vishal

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