Samsung exec confirms 8-inch Galaxy Note for Mobile World Congress

Daniel Bader

January 21, 2013 3:21pm

It’s just over a month until Mobile World Congress, where companies like HTC, Samsung, LG and more are expected to make smartphone and tablet announcements to take them into Q2 and beyond.

It’s long been rumoured that, like its original Galaxy Tab line, Samsung will draw down its tablet size to fit all markets and demographics. The Galaxy Note II inched up to 5.5-inches and the Galaxy Note 10.1 filled in the full-size demand, but the Korean company is betting some users want something in the middle.

Presuming Samsung tested a 7-inch Note and found it encroached on the upcoming Galaxy Note III (which is rumoured to be 6.3-inches) it chose to build an 8-inch Galaxy Note, which will be slightly larger than the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

Rumoured specs tell a familiar story: 1280×800 TFT display, 2GB RAM, 16-32GB internal storage, a 5MP back camera, 4600mAh battery, S Pen, Android 4.1 (or 4.2, we’ll see).

The company’s head of mobile, JK Shin, has reportedly confirmed the existence of the 8-inch tablet to a Korean newspaper; the only thing left for us to do is wait until it is announced. That is, unless someone leaks a photo of it beforehand.

Source: iNews24 & CNET
(Image via Engadget)



    • Mexico Ron


      A reasonably sized phone!

    • Ron Mexico

      My partner is going to love this. It will be exactly the right size. He has huge hands (among other attributes) so this size will make the perfect phone for him. I’m going to get it for him for valentines day if they release it by then.

      So excited!



  • skazzers

    I need a 10 inch phone to cover the surface area of my head. 8 will not do! RIP Samsung!

    • BD

      @Skazzers – I really do not know if you know how to read, but look further down and it says “tablet”…..

  • Alex

    I need this one with Ubuntu on board. ^_^

  • oldschool

    All these different sizes are seriously becoming confusing and ridiculous

    • pacalis


  • Huawei4Real

    Had to happen. They need the space for the Cortex A15 CPUs they will be using. Can’t use a server CPU and expect to have a phone size that allows a user to keep any dignity.

    • Eh

      I think this is going to have the same processor as the Note 10.1 and the Note II.

  • hoo dat

    8″? That’s absolutely ridiculous!

    • Eh

      I doubt it’s a phone. There’s nothing wrong with 8″ for a tablet. Even if it does make phonecalls and texts, which it won’t.

  • PewZ

    I find it a little small for a tablet, I think 10 inches would be better

  • Rio

    Creates 7 & 10in tablets like everyone else, sees Apple making a 7.9in tablet, gets new idea to create a tablet 0.1in bigger than iPad mini. Genius!!

    • MattyMattMatt

      Dude, they already had an eight inch variant, it was an LTE enabled Tab.

  • Sid

    I had a 9.7 iPad, a 7 Galaxy. Now I settled down on a 8-inch Ramos. I could have got a iPad Mini, but Apple is not my type.

    Believe or not, it is the right size for a lot of people.


    9″ TABLET NEXT!!!

    • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), jack

      No, 8.5″.

  • cdub

    Wow make more garbage. samsung should really slow things down and increase build quality..

  • Sweet

    I’m just waiting to see a photo of a tiny Korean girl holding this up to the side of her head to show us that it can make phone calls too, just like a regular cellphone.

    • Eh

      Doubt it makes phone calls.

    • LG

      Everyone will look like a tiny Korean girl holding this beast like a phone. The Note2 is not quite as bad.

  • Lodovik

    Another [insert Apple product name here]-killer! In this case, the Ipad mini. Is Samsung capable of producing something original that Apple didn’t market first?

    • Eh

      Oh! You mean like the Galaxy Tab 7.7 that was released way back when Apple was still saying that small tablets are dumb?

  • Jimmy

    Or they can make a 9.75inch tablet. Throw everyone off. Lol

  • ohyea

    note 2 is for girls. big phones are for girls. why? because they can carry them in their purses! girls also like it ‘big’ and guys like it small and compact(‘tight’); pun obviously intended.
    well, it’s not the end of the world yet. guys can also use backpacks or purses(if your… lol), but think about how inconvenient it becomes.


    guys, its not a phone…. its just a tablet just like galaxy note 10.1 just a tablet. Hopefully they will sell this for 199

  • WOAH GUYS CHILL, you chill

    Eventually people will be making calls with Samsung’s 15″ smartphone.