Taking a similar route as with the iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will most probably arrive in two distinct models: namely, 3G + Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi only version. As the name suggests, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will feature an 8″ 1280 x 800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) display, and while this is not Retina Display standard, it would certainly give the iPad mini a run for its money.
Other hardware specifications include a 5-megapixel camera at the back, and for your vanity shots, there is a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, accompanied by 2GB RAM, and a choice of either 16GB or 32GB of internal flash memory, which can be further expanded upon if you choose to take full advantage of the microSD memory card slot.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is rumored to tip the scales at approximately 330 grams, with dimensions measuring 211.3mm × 136.3mm × 7.95mm. It will naturally be Android-powered, with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in tow and boast a wide range of wireless connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and GPS.
In order to maximize one’s experience with the larger 8” display, Samsung has opted to throw in a 4,600mAh battery into the Galaxy Note 8.0. Word has it that Samsung is preparing to make an announcement concerning the Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress that is happening next month in Barcelona, Spain.
If Samsung is going to position the Galaxy Note 8.0 as a direct competitor to the iPad mini, then whispers of a revamped iPad mini with Retina Display arriving later this year is going to make the Galaxy Note 8.0 obsolete, should the rumors be true. Perhaps if Samsung prices the Galaxy Note 8.0 to move, then they might have a winner on their hands and make some inroads into Apple’s tablet monopoly.