Plans for Samsung to debut the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet are moving from rumor to reality if China’s iNews24 is correct. The news outlet reported on Monday that Samsung mobile exec J.K. Shin confirmed the small slate will launch at next month’s Mobile World Congress event. Engadget picket up on the report, noting that iNews24 was accurate in the past about Samsusng’s Galaxy S III Mini plans.
The MWC is just a few weeks away, so we won’t have long to wait and see if these reports pan out, but I’d place the percentage of truth at 75 percent or better.
It’s a bit early in Samsung’s Galaxy S lifecycle to announce a successor to the Galaxy S III, for starters, and the company’s Note products are picking up steam. There’s still a potential product gap between the pocketable Galaxy Note 2 smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1; an 8-inch tablet with digital ink support fits the sweet spot.
Reported benchmarks of the Galaxy Note 8.0 indicate a 1280 x 800 display, 2 GB of memory, and Android 4.2. As of yet, there’s no indication of the processor that would power such a tablet, although it surely would be one of Samsung’s own Exynos chips. Processor aside, I still believe Samsung is onto something with its S-Pen, dual-digitizer and solid software for inking; something no other tablet maker has mastered yet.