Samsung boss lets slip the Galaxy Note 8.0 will debut at Mobile World Congress

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Samsung’s mobile division boss, JK Shin, has apparently confirmed the existence of the Galaxy Note 8.0, and that it will make its official debut at Mobile World Congress. Initially rumored for CES 2013, the latest addition to the Galaxy Note family was a no-show in Vegas, but provided Shin has been accurately quoted, the new tablet will be with us next month.

The news comes from Korean website inews24, which as you’d expect is written in Korean, so some of the details are a little hard to follow once Google Translate has worked its magic. However, it’s clear the Galaxy Note 8.0 is one of the devices which Samsung will unveil at the Barcelona show. There is some discussion of the Galaxy S4 too, and as far as we can make out, the highly anticipated phone won’t be making an appearance at MWC.

As for the Galaxy Note 8.0, previous leaks have hinted at two models, one with Wi-Fi and the other with cellular connectivity, and that the tablet will have an 8-inch screen and a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Of course, the headline feature of Samsung’s Galaxy Note devices is the S-Pen stylus, which has improved considerably since its release with the original Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid.

The Note 8.0 has been linked to a set of benchmark figures for a device with the model number GT-N5100. The Galaxy Note, Note 2 and Note 10.1 all have N series model numbers, so this is logical, and if it’s correct, the Note 8.0 will probably use a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor. Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was installed on the benchmarked machine, leading us to wonder if the Note 8.0 will come with the Premium Suite of features recently added to the Galaxy Note 10.1.

It’s all still speculation on the specs, but thanks to JK Shin, it looks like we can put a tick in the box next to the Galaxy Note 8.0 arriving during Mobile World Congress.

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