JK Shin of Samsung fame apparently unwittingly confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be one of the stars of the show at the 2013 Mobile World Congress next month. Perhaps even more excitingly still however, we’ve now been graced with the appearance of a leaked promotional image of the fabled Samsung Galaxy 8.0, which if authentic tells us all we need to know about its core specs and features.
What’s more, it’s beginning to look like a given that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be gunning for the same market as the already legendary iPad Mini – no small ask to say the least.
Given the details offered by way of the latest so-called leak – which certainly ties in with previous reports – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will serve up an 8-inch touchscreen packing in 1,280 by 800 pixels. The display on the iPad Mini by contrast is 7.9-inches and packs 1,024 by 768 pixels, meaning that the two are therefore nigh-on identical in this department.
Under the hood we’re told lies a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, a pleasant 2GB dollop of RAM and 32GB or 16GB storage options. The rear camera is a 5-megapixel specimen, while the sensor up front delivers 1.3-megapixels.
At first glance and indeed with closer inspection, the Galaxy Note 8.0 resembles something of a gap-filler between the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and appears to be heading to the market not as a new-generation device with market-leading prowess, but as a carefully (perhaps!) thought out device gunning for one specific market.
…that being the iPad Mini’s market, as far as we can tell.
It therefore remains to be seen how well the Galaxy Note 8.0 strikes a chord with the consumer, which could essentially depend entirely on the way in which the thing is priced. Chances are it will undoubtedly be leagues behind the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 in terms of outright bargain status, but could certainly give the iPad Mini a run for its money if offered for a sensible sum off-contract.
Expect the rest of the details and release date confirmation when the Galaxy Note 8.0 pops up at MWC 2013 next month.