Next month, Samsung will roll out a new member of its Galaxy Note product lineup. It was also reported that the upcoming device will rival Apple’s iPad Mini in the mid-size tablet segment.
JK Shin, Samsung Mobile’s vice president, confirmed the Galaxy Note 8.0 to Korean news website News 1 last Monday. Although he did not give any indication about the tablet’s pricing or specifications, the exec did confirm that it will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. In addition, the device will join the Galaxy Note 2 and 10.1 lineup.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Rumored Features
Although there are no words yet as to what the Galaxy Note 8.0 will feature, there are speculations that the device will have the Note line’s signature S Pen stylus. There are also claims that it will boast an 8-inch 1280 x 800 TFT display, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2. It will also be slightly larger than the iPad Mini, as it measures 211.3 mm x 136.3 mm x 7.95 mm and weighs 330 g.
Prior to this, an 8-inch Galaxy Note has been rumored for some time, reiterating the idea that Samsung won’t leave the mid-range tablet segment to rival manufacturers. Although the South Korean tech giant was one of the first major companies to join the mid-range segment with their Galaxy Tab 7.0, the market didn’t begin to take off until late 2011.
It was graced by the arrival of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, followed by the Google Nexus 7 in 2012. The year 2012 also paved the way for a new line of Kindle Fires and iPad Mini. In fact, Apple’s 7-inch tablet is thought to have shipped eight million units during the last quarter of 2012.
In relation to this, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities predicted that 23 million iPad units will be shipped during the December 2012 quarter. The iPad 4 will come in with 9.3 million shipped units, while the newly introduced iPad Mini is deemed to have 8.2 million shipments. That is a 49 percent increase compared to the same period of the previous year.
A mid-size Galaxy Note would mean that Samsung doesn’t intend to be outpaced by Apple. In fact, the South Korean company has already taken cues from the iPad maker in terms of product design and marketing. That’s because they are looking to create a valuable brand.