For some time now, the rumor mill was abuzz with speculation and leaks about an 8 inch addition to Samsung's hit Note series of mobile devices. First, it was spotted in the benchmarks where its GT-N5100 moniker was seen, then JK Shin (Samsung's Head of Mobile Communications) confirmed the device himself after which a couple of images of the device were leaked. After all this, it was just a matter of Samsung's announcement to make the existence of the device official. Today, at MWC 2013, Samsung finally unwrapped it in front of the audience for the first time.
As expected, it is powered by an Exynos 4412 1.6 GHz ARM Coretx A9 based quad-core processor with Mali-400MP GPU and 2 GB RAM. It has a 5 MP back shooter and a 1.3 MP front camera. It comes with a 16 gig and a 32 gig model with microSD card slot for memory expansion. The display is a 8 inch 1280 X 800 TFT display with Android 4.1.2 JellyBean running on it and obviously, it is S-Pen equipped. The OS runs with Samsung's custom TouchWiz UI skin running atop of it and as usual Samsung has included the nifty tricks it did to Samsung Galaxy Note II like Smart Stay, Direct Call and a couple of S-Pen based ones. In addition to that, this time Samsung has put in a IR sensor in device's right side and taught it Smart Remote as well.
Samsung also made an announcement that US will be getting only Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + LTE (no voice call supported) versions while the rest of the world will be getting Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + HSPA+ (voice call supported) versions.
Although the prices haven't been announced yet but they are supposed to be in a fighting bracket with iPad Mini as we all expect these two to go head against each other.
While this puts a Note device in almost every mobile device category (among smartphones and tablets) these days, it is yet to be seen if people get as attracted to device which sits right in the middle of a 5.55" Note II and 10.1" Note 10.1 . Also, it also has to fend off attacks from iPad Mini. Its getting interesting!