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Pictured: The 8-inch Galaxy Note Bound for MWC

By - Source: SamMobile | B 13 comments

Is the Note out of the bag already?

Last week we got word that Samsung could be prepping an 8-inch version of its Galaxy Note phablet. The idea was that this device would go head-to-head with Apple's recently released iPad Mini, which measures in at 7.9 inches in size. SamMobile last week reported that Samsung would release both a Wi-Fi only version and a Wi-Fi/3G model for computing on the go and that it would introduce these devices at Mobile World Congress.

Samsung yesterday confirmed that it would unveil the 8-inch Note at MWC in February. Lucky for us, we don't have to wait until MWC kicks off next month before we can get a peek at this 8-inch note. SamMobile, the same site that brought us the first snippet of news on this new Note, posted the picture below to go with the specs it published last week. The image is water-marked with the Twitter handle @clasificatearg, which is linked to a private Twitter account.

Samsung has not yet verified the authenticity of the photo, so we'll have to wait until MWC rolls around (or for more leaked photos) to be sure. We also don't know if Samsung hopes to market this Note as a tablet as opposed to a phone. Though the previous Note has been dubbed a 'phablet,' it is definitely a cell phone. We can't imagine folks using the Note 8.0 in a similar manner, though.

In case your memory needs jogging, rumored specs for this device include an 8-inch 1280 x 800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) display, a 5MP camera mounted on the back, a 1.3MP camera on the front, and a 4600 mAh battery. It's also said to pack 2 GB or RAM, and either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot will expand storage up to an additional 32 GB. On the connectivity front, the 8-inch Galaxy Note will offer Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/b/n and A-GPS. GSM network coverage will include EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1 Mbps, and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps (850/900/1900/2100). The operating system of choice will be Google's Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean".

We'll keep you posted on details regarding launch and pricing.

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    stevo777 , January 22, 2013 9:52 PM
    I would think this would be a joke. 6 inches maybe...but 8?
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    SneakySnake , January 22, 2013 9:55 PM
    This should not have the Note branding. 8 inches really is to big for a phone. Why isn't this under the Tab branding?

    This is what it should be:

    Galaxy S: premium phone up to 5 inches
    Galaxy Note: premium phone up to 6ish inches
    Galaxy Tab: premium tablet 7+ inches
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    kitsunestarwind , January 22, 2013 9:55 PM
    Is it just me or is Toms got more articles on Mobile phones then computers these days
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    stevo777 , January 22, 2013 10:10 PM
    Just as a follow up, I took out the measuring tape and found out an 8" 'Fablet' would be about the size of a DVD case. You could fool any facial recognition cameras when you would "talk" through it by just turning your head in the opposite direction. /sarcasm
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    sun-devil99 , January 22, 2013 10:14 PM
    kitsunestarwindIs it just me or is Toms got more articles on Mobile phones then computers these days

    Mobile phones are computers (they have an OS, Processor, Memory (ROM/RAM), that just happen to fit in your pocket. Nonetheless, people are moving away from the traditional 'computer' to phones, tablets or phablets.
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    Sorren999 , January 22, 2013 10:15 PM
    The Galaxy Note branding has already been used for a 10.1 inch tablet, so I don't really think they intend for this one to be used as a phone just a smaller version of something that already exists.
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    Anonymous , January 22, 2013 10:16 PM
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    house70 , January 22, 2013 10:45 PM
    This is not intended to be used as a phone. That's why it is called a NOTE, it's ideal for work while on the road. Of course, the GSM bands are there to ensure connectivity, and in case one wants to leave their phone at home, they can make phone calls using this and a BT headset.
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    sicmofo , January 22, 2013 11:07 PM

    It's a slightly smaller note 10.1 with 3g capabilities. What's so hard to comprehend?
    I wouldnt mind getting a smaller tablet which supported the S-pen and supported 3g networks.
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    TheBigTroll , January 23, 2013 12:02 AM
    this is just stupid now....
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    fnh , January 23, 2013 3:20 AM
    I thought a Bluetooth earpiece makes anything a phone.
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    samwelaye , January 23, 2013 4:29 AM
    if samsung can get it in at 350 or under, itll be good. Otherwise, itll be too close to the ipad mini or too close to the nexus 4. If it comes in at 299 without cellular i'd definitely buy, i like the size
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    stevo777 , January 23, 2013 5:51 PM
    sicmofo@stevo777It's a slightly smaller note 10.1 with 3g capabilities. What's so hard to comprehend?I wouldnt mind getting a smaller tablet which supported the S-pen and supported 3g networks.

    Nothing difficult to comprehend. The story was calling it a "phablet", when it is a tablet. The pic has a phone appearance too, which is probably nonsense. Jeez.