It took a couple of rumours, a confirmation by the Samsung Chief and a supposed press render for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to grace us with its appearance for real, at least according to DDay.
The Italian forum has posted a few images of the device that seems to have been photographed very carefully so as to not reveal much detail. Nevertheless, what we can see is that design wise, it looks like an over-sized Galaxy S III and nothing like Samsung's previous tablet offerings.
The tablet sports the same curved chassis as seen in the Galaxy S III and another possibility is that it could be used as a phone, considering the image shows a speaker grill housed on the top. We think Samsung may have stretched it a bit too far this time.
One of the images also shows the S-Pen holder at the bottom right of the tablet. The device also sports the traditional menu, home and back buttons. Though the images look pretty real, we wouldn't completely ignore the possibility of them not being final after all, considering what Samsung did with the Galaxy S III in an attempt to keep the final design under wraps.
As far as rumoured specs go, this new tablet is expected to sport 8.0-inch 1280X800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) display. It may come in two versions - Samsung GT-N5100, which will be a 3G+Wi-Fi version and the GT-N5110, which will be a Wi-Fi only version. The dimensions of the tablet will be 211.3X136.3X7.95 mm and it will weigh around 330g.
Other alleged specs for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 include 4600mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, option of 16 or 32GB as internal storage, 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is likely to run on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). Other connectivity options may include Bluetooth version 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and A-GPS.
Just a day ago, we heard rumours of the tablet being priced under $300. Also, apart from the Galaxy Note 8.0, the Korean manufacturer is planning to launch 7-inch and 10.1-inch tablets as part of the company's next generation Galaxy tablets that will be branded as Galaxy Tab 3. They will come with and without 3G support and will feature a 5-megapixel camera.
These Galaxy tablets will be developed under the codename "SANTOS" and their new code numbers would be GT-P3200, GT-P3210, GT-P5200 and GT-P5210. Additionally, there will also be a high-end tablet from the Korean manufacturer, the GT-P8200 currently codenamed "ROMA" that will come in 16 and 32GB variants. (Also See: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, X Cover 2, Galaxy Young, Pocket Plus 'confirmed' in leaked company roadmap)
Galaxy Note 8.0 key specifications
- 8-inch 1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD)
- 1.6GHz quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32GB (optional) with microSD expansion up to 32GB
- 5-megapixel rear camera
- 1.3-megapixel front
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, A-GPS
- EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 211.3×136.3×7.95 mm
- Weighs 330grams