Excited about Samsung’s upcoming rival to Apple iPad mini? Now you can also get a glance at the rumored device. An image of the yet-to-be-unveiled tablet has been leaked online.
The photo has been tweeted by a user with Twitter handle @ClasificateArg. The image shows the front and rear views of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, along with a few hardware specifications. The design language of the tablet is similar to the introduced with Galaxy S III. The front camera is placed on the right side and the rear panel only has the camera, while the loudspeaker grille is missing.
Previously, tech new website Sam Mobile said that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will have an 8-inch Super Clear LCD display and S-Pen stylus compatibility. The big draw will be Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) out-of-the-box, considering that Google’s latest mobile OS is available only on Google Nexus 10, though a few other models can be upgraded later.
Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in 16 and 32GB variants with microSD card support up to 32GB. The image shows that the device has a 1.6GHz processor and the report in Sam Mobile says it has 2GB RAM. Coming to the imaging capabilities of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, it is likely to have a 5MP camera on the rear and a 1.3MP snapper in the front.
Samsung will launch two versions of the tablet, depending on the connectivity suite, says the report. While model number GT-N5100 will have cellular data as well as Wi-Fi, the version named GT-N5110 will be a Wi-Fi-only unit. Other connectivity options in the device will be Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. The tablet is said to weigh 330gm and run on a 4,600mAh battery.
Galaxy Note 8.0 is expected to be officially announced at Mobile World Congress in February this year. Tech news website DigiTimes has said that the price of Samsung’s upcoming tablet with 8-inch screen will be between $249 and $299. This translates to a price tag of Rs 13,000 to Rs 16,000. It remains to be seen whether Samsung launches this device in India in a comparable price band. Many were let down by Google Nexus 7, which starts at $199 (approximately Rs 11,000), but is officially priced at Rs 19,999 in the Indian market.
This device will be closer to Apple iPad mini in terms of dimensions as Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 as well as Google’s Nexus 7 fall short when it comes to screen size. This will be the second Samsung tablet that measures between 7- and 10-inch, after Galaxy Tab 7.7. It will be only the fourth device in the South Korean manufacturer’s Note line-up, which was launched in 2011.