Pictured: The 8-inch Galaxy Note Bound for MWC

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
    I would think this would be a joke. 6 inches maybe...but 8?
  • SneakySnake
    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
  • kitsunestarwind
    Is it just me or is Toms got more articles on Mobile phones then computers these days
  • stevo777
    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
  • sun-devil99
    kitsunestarwindIs it just me or is Toms got more articles on Mobile phones then computers these daysMobile 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.
  • Sorren999
    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.
  • Fake
  • house70
    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.
  • sicmofo

    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.
  • TheBigTroll
    this is just stupid now....