Even if Samsung announced it won’t hold a special press event at the Mobile World Congress scheduled for the end of the month, we know that the Korean giant is preparing to show at least one interesting device at the show, the Galaxy Note 8. Newly revealed Bluetooth certification documents indicate that the stylus-equipped tablet will be offered in three versions.
The basic variant, codenamed GT-N5110, will come with Wi-Fi connectivity only, while two other variants will add 3G and 3G+LTE connectivity – GT-N5100 and GT-N5105, respectively.
Given the breadth of connectivity options available, we expect to see the Galaxy Note 8 at retailers and carriers across Europe. For now, pricing is controversial, due to a couple of conflicting reports. On one side, industry sources quoted by Digitimes say that the device will cost between $250 and $300, depending on the storage configuration. I assume that this is the price tag of the Wi-Fi version. On the other side, some sites in Germany and Austria have put up the Galaxy Note 8 with 3G for sale for prices ranging between €450 and a whopping €550, depending on configuration.
I tend to think that Samsung will not make the mistake to overprice the Galaxy Note 8, especially considering that the iPad mini starts at $329 for the basic configuration. There still are about three weeks till MWC begins, but we expect to find more as the official launch nears. Stay tuned.