After some rumors about Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 8 have made the headlines, the South Korea-based company has officially confirmed the launch of the new 8-inch tablet at Mobile World Congress event in late February.
Jong-Kyun Shin, head of Samsung Mobile division, confirmed in an interview that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet will be officially introduced at MWC 2013, adding that the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 will arrive “soon.”
The Samsung official didn’t reveal more details about Samsung Galaxy Note 8, leaving the technical specifications to rumor mill’s mercy.
According to the latest reports, Galaxy Note 8 is codenamed Kona, with two variants hitting the market later this year: GT-N5100 with WiFi+3G capabilities and the WiFi-only model, GT-N5110.
As you probably guessed, the Galaxy Note 8 tablet will sport an 8-inch display manufactured using Super Clear TFT technology, boasting a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels.
Rumor has it that Galaxy Note 8 will be underpinned by a quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor clocked at 1.6 GHz (the same chipset used for the company’s popular phablet, Galaxy Note 2), plus 2 GB of RAM. As about the internal storage options it seems that there will be 16 and 32 GB models, both supporting microSD cards of up to 32 GB.
The tablet will come with Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11n and A-GPS module. The 3G variant will provide HSPA+ speeds of up to 21.1 Mbps.
It seems that Samsung will integrate to cameras, a 5 megapixel unit on the back and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel sensor. Sources claim that the tablet will weigh in 330 grams and measure 211.3 x 136.3 x 7.95 mm.
As you can see in the leaked picture above, the Galaxy Note 8 will be available in Pearl White. The first leaked picture of an alleged promotional material presents reveals that the new Samsung tablet will come with an S-Pen stylus, just like its 10-inch brother.
For the time being, the speculations indicate that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but we will find out more at Mobile World Congress 2013.