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If you’ve been wondering what Samsung has on the horizon for early 2013 then you’ll be interested in this leak. Samsung’s mobile boss, JK Shin, already confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be revealed at MWC next month, but what you didn’t know is that Samsung is also going to unveil a range of underwhelming mid-range and budget smartphones as well.
According to TechnoBuffalo, a whole host of specs and a range of new devices were revealed in a product portfolio it “stumbled upon.”
Most intriguing by far is the aforementioned Galaxy Note 8.0 with its 8-inch 1280×800 pixel Super Clear LCD, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, and 16 or 32GB of storage with microSD support for more. It also has a big, beefy 4,600mAh battery and it runs Android 4.2, but there’s no support for 4G LTE. One thing that does stand out as unusual on the spec sheet is the mention of “E-book” support. It’s due to land in March, but we’re not sure where or how much it will cost.
We were also treated to news of the X Cover 2 which looks like a mid-range rugged smartphone. It supposedly has a 4-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, 4GB storage plus microSD support, and it runs Android 4.1. Once again there’s no LTE support, but it is also IP67 spec which means it will be dustproof and waterproof. It should be available in February.
There was also a trio of budget phones which are probably aimed at developing countries. The Galaxy Young is a dual-SIM device with a 3-inch display, 1GHz single-core processor, 3-meagpixel camera, and Android 4.1. Then there’s the slightly scaled down galaxy Pocket Plus with a 2.8-inch display, 800MHz single-core processor, and 2-megapixel camera. Finally there’s the Ch@t 226, a cheap-looking BlackBerry feature phone.
If you’re waiting for news of the flagship Galaxy S4, it looks like you’ll have to remain patient a bit longer.