Hot on the heels of the rumored Fonblet, a 5.8-inch Galaxy Player-style big screen device potentially ready for a Mobile World Congress launch, comes word the Korean firm will be bringing a new tablet to the show too. Except this time, this is more than just idle rumour, as it’s none other than Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin who has confirmed it.
A report published by inews24, a Korean website, says Shin told members of the press the Galaxy Note 8.0 would be revealed at the Barcelona event, marking the first time the device has been discussed by the company. The Galaxy Note 8.0 has been rumoured for a while, and was linked with a CES 2013 release for a while. After Samsung didn’t release any mobile products during CES, a Mobile World Congress 2013 launch made sense even before JK Shin became involved.
As for the Galaxy Note 8.0, as the name suggests it’s a new member of the Galaxy Note family, but with an 8-inch display, meaning it’ll become a companion device to the Galaxy Note 10.1 rather than a smartphone/tablet hybrid like the Galaxy Note II.
Previous rumours have suggested the tablet’s screen will have a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, which is identical to the Galaxy Note 10.1, while a 1.6GHz quad-core processor will power the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. JK Shin didn’t confirm or deny any of these specifications.
Mobile World Congress begins on 25 February, and while Samsung isn’t likely to announce the Galaxy S IV, it could still have some interesting new products to share with us, of which we now know the Galaxy Note 8.0 is one.