Samsung To Launch an 8-Inch Galaxy Note to Take on iPad mini

galaxy noteSamsung was one of the first manufacturers to launch a tablet measuring 7-inches, but it didn’t quite take off compared to other Android-based tablets like Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad mini.

This time round the Korean company wants to take advantage of the buzz around the Samsung Galaxy Note phablet, and plans to launch an 8-inch version of the Galaxy Note at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The release was confirmed by Samsung Mobile Vice President JK Shin while speaking to Korean news outlet News.

Here are the rumored specs of the device, courtesy Sam Mobile:

Android version: 4.2 Jelly Bean
Official name: GALAXY Note 8.0 (3G, Wi-Fi)
Product codes: GT-N5100, GT-N5110
Battery: 4600 mAh
Dimension: 211.3×136.3×7.95 mm , 330 gram.
Display: 8.0”1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD)
GSM networks: EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)
Camera: 5 Megapixel (BACK)
Camera: 1.3 megapixel (FRONT)
Processor: 1.6 quad-core processor
RAM + Storage: 2GB (RAM) + 16/32GB (optional) + microSD (up to 32GB)
Connections: BT 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS

Samsung would also include its suite of apps that take advantage of the pressure-sensitive stylus bundled with the device.

The screen is slightly larger than the iPad mini and at a resolution of 1280×800, packs in more pixels than the mini’s 1024×768 display. The thickness and the weight for both these devices is nearly the same, but as you’d expect Samsung’s put in a lot more raw power into the device with a quad-core processor and a 2GB RAM.

The key area where Android still lacks on the tablet front, though, isn’t specs but apps designed specifically for large screens. While phone apps scale reasonably well on 7-inch screens, they aren’t designed for the bigger screen like the apps available for the iPad mini. Pricing could make up for the lack of tablet apps, but unlike Google, Samsung likes to make profits off its device sales.

It remains to seen if the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note will give Kindle Fire, Nexus 7 and iPad mini a run for their money. At least on paper, it definitely looks like it.

Via: Apple Insider