Galaxy Note 8 a lock for MWC
An iPad mini competitor from Samsung is almost guaranteed to arrive at next month's Mobile World Congress
We've heard some rumblings that Samsung will introduce a Galaxy Note 8 during next month's Mobile World Congress trade show and that has been all but confirmed by the words of a Samsung executive.
Keep in mind, we're getting this off a Korean news site, so there may have been something lost in translation, but it appears as though a Samsung president said the Galaxy Note 8 will be introduced at the trade show and it will likely go head-to-head with the iPad mini. This would also keep up with Samsung's penchant for creating devices at nearly every screen size.
Previous rumors suggest that Galaxy Note 8 will have an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 display, a 5-megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM, and it will launch with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. You can expect some versions to have integrated cellular data and also things like GPS, NFC and more. Of course, the Galaxy Note 8 should come with a digital stylus, which lets you draw on your screen and annotate photos and Web pages.
Can this really compete against the iPad mini? I'm not that sure because the Samsung tablets haven't seemed to be doing that well, no matter the size. Samsung just hasn't been able to really crack this market in a meaningful way like Google did with the Nexus 7, Amazon with the Kindle Fire and Apple with its category-defining iPad lineup.
Perhaps the Galaxy Note 8 will turn around Samsung's fortunes in the tablet market.