With CES behind us, but MWC already looming on the horizon, the Samsung rumor mill was expected to reboot its grinding any day now. And boy, has it started grinding again! We haven’t even had time to digest the bittersweet story of the Exynos 5 Octa powering the future GNote 3, but not the Galaxy S4 that we already have something else to focus all our attention on.
In a nutshell, the leaked Samsung tablet was said to be a shrunken down Note 10.1 (or an upsized Note 2, if you will) with a display of either 7 or 7.7 inches, Android 4.1 and a 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 CPU. Obviously, the gadget was never confirmed officially, but there was enough behind it for us to be certain of its existence.
And now we’re more than certain, as our good friends from Sam Mobile have let more details slip about what’s become the Galaxy Note 8.0. That’s right, it seems that the slate will be sporting an 8-inch panel after all, which, we’re guessing, it’s going to help take the battle to Apple’s iPad Mini.
But will the Note 8.0 have enough heat to face such an epic war? We’re cautiously optimistic, but we should probably let you be the judge of that.
If Sam Mobile’s sources are to be trusted (and they usually are), the GT-N5100 will be featuring a 1,280 x 800 pix res Super Clear LCD screen, 5 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras, 2 GB of RAM, 16 and 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, a 4,600 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and A-GPS.
There should be both a Wi-Fi only and a 3G-enabled version of the tab (the first one being dubbed GT-N5110), while the whole package will be wrapped in smooth butter courtesy of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Finally, the 8-incher’s measurements are said to be 211.3 x 136.3 x 7.95 mm, while the weight is rumored to be of around 330 grams.
You might notice that there’s a little spec missing there, the CPU, but that’s what earlier rumors are good for. Also, there will naturally be S-Pen support, though it remains to be seen if Sammy will be introducing a new stylus as well or recycle one of the “old” ones used for the GNote “phablets” or the Note 10.1.
We don’t want to put the above specs in a head-to-head battle with iPad Mini’s features yet, as we feel that might be an apples and… Samsungs comparison, but we’ll tell you this – everything sounds good about the Note 8.0 in theory as of now. The pricing and design will probably be the ultimate tiebreakers, so let’s reserve our verdicts until MWC… or whenever those will be revealed as well. Who’s with us?