Spy photo confirms Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 announcement at MWC

by: ŠtefanFebruary 23, 2013

Someone who doesn’t want to name themselves for obvious reasons has taken a photo of Samsung’s booth at Mobile World Congress before it officially opens to the public. Smack dab in the middle of said booth is an ad for the Galaxy Note 8.0. The photo confirms everything we suspected about the device. It looks like a gigantic Galaxy S3, and it also appears to support phone calls, though we have to wait for some confirmation before saying that for sure.

What do we know about the Note 8.0 so far? The rumors, and we want to stress, these are just rumors, say the new tablet will have the same processor as the Galaxy S3, and that the screen will push 1280 x 800 pixels. Kind of “meh” considering that we’re going to see an epic amount of 1080p phones hit the market, but hey, we suspect the Note 8.0 will sell for less than 400 Euros. That’ll make it an extremely competitive product for people who aren’t exactly sure if they want to buy a new smartphone or buy their first tablet.

Are there going to be any other important tablets announced at the show? The rumor mill says Sony will show off a 6.44 inch 1080p phablet, which if true, will mean it’s going to be the most exciting device for large screen lovers until Samsung announces the third generation Note. That device is rumored to come out during the second half of the year and it’s supposed to have a 6.3 inch display.

Back to the Note 8.0, is it a tablet or is it a phone? Different people have different definitions, but for us there’s a very simply test: Can it fit in your pocket? If yes, it’s a phone, if not, it’s a tablet. Some of you guys have large pockets, we understand that, but we’re talking about normal (translation: not morbidly obese) people. This writer has a size 34 waist and likes to wear semi-skinny jeans. His second generation Note barely fits inside them.

  • kascollet

    Side bezel seems narrower than previous leaked pictures. Great.

    • Roberto Tomás

      but the other major announce at MWC is (possibly) the new Sony 6.44″ «phone».

  • That design…. Better go for Tab 3 7.0… If they have one..

    • Roberto Tomás

      admittedly even less bezel would have been better — this looks like a giant version of a phone from 3 years ago

  • Roberto Tomás

    do Samsung tablets pair with televisions wirelessly? So that you can use the tablet as the input device, and watch the results on the TV? Hoping someone can give me a link for any details on the requirements for that or how it works.

    A 1080p OLED tablet that does this, has expansion options like Samsung often does, and doesn’t suck in processing power would be the killer solution for me. (and probably upgrade of my television at the same time) Pen a serious bonus. :)

    • Filip Justin

      Probably if you buy a Wireless dongle.. It’s about 50-100 bucks.. as far as I remember..

      • Roberto Tomás

        wait what? why do I .. that sounds like I need to buy an android device to connect my tablet (itself an android device) to a tv?!

  • MasterMuffin

    Why there are no big OEMs trying to make small bezel devices? Just for experiement like Samsung made the original note!

  • ryallen

    i wear a 34 waist too…

  • No softkeys? WTG! More room and no problems with palm rejection anymore.

  • cycad007

    Dang…seriously?! How big do you guys want your phones to be?! A 8-inch screen with 189 ppi,1.6GHz quad-core A9 and 2GB of RAM….not exactly cutting-edge specs.

    Sorry to throw cold water to the Samsung parade, but it looks like US will have the Wi-fi-only tablet.