The 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is just a couple of weeks away now and in typical style, the rumor-mill has already pretty much mapped out all we can expect to see, hear and learn at the event. And of course, one of the most tempting nuggets of all has been that of a mysterious Samsung Galaxy Note 8 potentially arriving at MWC, to be followed by a release date immediately afterwards.
Credit where due, it’s beginning to look as though the mill was indeed right on the money this time around, as today brings what’s as good as confirmation of the above in the eyes of most. According to iNews24 over in Korea, Samsung executive JK Shin has personally confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will indeed be making its grand arrival at MWC 2013 next month, thereby also confirming an imminent release date.
iNews24 has a generally reputable past and is known to have extracted information from Shin on various occasions before, therefore remains about as credible as it gets.
With regard to what we can expect in terms of specs and features, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be an 8-inch screen version of the popular Not Tabphone, packing a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 16GB storage, a 5-megapixel camera to the rear and a frankly colossal 4,600mAh battery. Running the show will be Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s trademark TouchWiz interface on top.
If all of the above adds up, it would appear that Samsung has every intention of well and truly testing the water with every single screen size and specification between the conventional Smartphone and Tablet PC as we know both.
Exactly when a device becomes too small to be used as a tablet and too large to be considered a Smartphone remains a mystery, but with the likes of the Google Nexus 7, the Amazon Kindle Fire and the iPad Mini to contend with, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may find it has its work cut out in winning over the 7-to-8-inch mini-tab market, considering the affordable alternatives already making waves.