Samsung announces Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet

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Feb 242013
 
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

With MWC 2013 kicking off tomorrow, Samsung took the opportunity to sneak in an announcement before all eyes shift to Barcelona, Spain. This one should not come as much of a surprise given the number of rumours that precede it. As expected, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, billed as “a new era of intelligent Note technology set to re-ignite the mid-size tablet category that Samsung established in 2010.” It essentially builds on the very successful Galaxy Note II by offering a larger display and optional phone capabilities (in certain markets).

“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung GALAXY Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life.” said JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

“The GALAXY Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play,” added Shin.

The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 are as follows:

  • Processor: 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1.2
  • Cellular connectivity (Wi-Fi model): None
  • Cellular connectivity (3G model): HSPA+
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS/GLONASS (3G model), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 8-inch WXGA (1280×800 / 189 ppi) LCD
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen, S Pen Experience
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB or 64GB and microSD cards up to 64GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Connectors:
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 210.8 X 135.9 millimeters / 338 grams
  • Colours: White

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available from Q2 worldwide, including both Canada and the U.S. Pricing was not announced.

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Samsung executive confirms 8-inch Galaxy Note headed to MWC 2013

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Jan 212013
 
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With other a month to go before MWC 2013, rumours are flying fast and furious as to what devices will be announced at the event. At least one of those is now a near certainty after being confirmed during an interview. Korean website iNews24 reports that none other than JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, confirmed that the company will unveil an 8-inch version of its Galaxy Note tablet (the Galaxy Note 8.0?) at MWC 2013 taking place in Barcelona next month. No details about the device were revealed

Earlier rumours suggest that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will come with a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 8-inch WXGA (1280×800) Super Clear LCD and the Samsung S Pen technology seen on other Note devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would slot in between the smaller 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the larger Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Even with rumours that the upcoming Galaxy Note III could sport a much larger 6.3-inch display, the 8-inch model would remain a nice compromise between the smaller and larger models.

All should be revealed in just over a month at MWC.

Read more: iNews24 (in Korean) [Google translation] (Source: Engadget)

Samsung GT-N5100 to be known as Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

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Jan 172013
 

SamsungIt appears that the Samsung Galaxy Note family is getting ready to welcome its latest member. According to two separate reports, Samsung could unveil the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet (currently codenamed Kona) as early as next month’s Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Two variants are planned: One with HSPA+ connectivity (the GT-N5100) and a Wi-Fi-only model (GT-N5110).

Detailed albeit unconfirmed specifications have also surfaced:

  • Processor: 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity (GT-N5100): HSPA+ / EDGE
  • Cellular connectivity (GT-N5110): None
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 8-inch WXGA (1280×800) Super Clear LCD
  • Input: Touchscreen and Samsung S Pen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP
  • Front-facing camera: 1.3MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 211.3 × 136.3 × 7.95 millimeters / 330 grams

It appears that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be aimed squarely at the Apple iPad mini. Based on specs alone, it may have the edge for now but Apple is rumoured to be readying a second-generation iPad mini for a spring launch that could once again tip the balance.

Read more: VR-Zone (in Chinese) [Google translation] and SamMobile