First Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 image “leaks”. Real or fake?

January 22, 2013
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Galaxy Note 8.0

Initially thought to be a 7-inch Note, Samsung’s GT-N5100 tablet has increased in size last week, courtesy of a source close to Sam Mobile. The new Galaxy Note 8.0 has earlier today been confirmed, but the questions still stand on the slate’s design and spec sheet.

With the official intro looming and with an MWC showing next month almost a certainty, it was obvious we had to keep our eyes peeled for new info. Which we did, although to be honest we weren’t expecting a pic to be spilled so fast.

The above image is supposedly a press render of the Note 8.0, according to the @ClasificateArg Twitter account. At a first glance, we have no reason to doubt the credibility of this leak, but if we pay attention to a couple of details we’ll notice a few things are off.

First, what’s up with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 mention on the home screen? Even if you don’t think it’s very unusual to see an ad for a gadget on a whole different gadget (which we definitely do), you still have to admit it’s bizarre for a tablet that’s supposed to come out in 2013 to make a reference at a 2012 slate.

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Digging even deeper in that weird home screen, we can’t help but notice everything about it looks awfully familiar. Which is probably because it’s a one-one-one copy of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 screen as shown by Samsung in multiple press renders. Oops, did anyone forgot something in his photoshop session with the 7-incher?

We think so, even if there are in fact multiple differences between today’s leaked image and the official ones starring the OG Tab 2 7.0. The rear-facing camera is placed differently for one, while the corners are slightly more rounded, following the design philosophy of the Nexus 10. You can obviously do those kinds of tweaks in Photoshop, but maybe we’re wrong.

And maybe it’s also a coincidence that this doesn’t really look like a bigger than 7-inch tablet. Or that the “S-Pen slot” is barely noticeable in the lower left corner of the back of the device. Or that the specs are conveniently mentioned below the image and fit the already existent rumors. And maybe the image is real after all. What do you guys think, real or fake?

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