Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to come with 4G/LTE; Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to follow with LTE
If you’ve been following the rumours, we previously reported that Samsung is expected to release a Galaxy Note 8.0 (which has since been confirmed to be appearing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona). The Galaxy Note 8.0, if the the leaked photos are anything to go by, looks like an oversized Galaxy Note 2/S3 that appears be a tablet with full smartphone capabilities (i.e. you can also make and receive phone calls using the phone’s earpiece).
Since our previous reports, there have been more pictures circulating – the featured image (from Frandroid) is another image of the device alongside a Galaxy Note 2; and news from rumour site SamMobile that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will come in an LTE version. The leaked image of the device gives us a little more information on the Galaxy Note 8.0’s UI. Apart from being expected to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Samsung’s Touchwiz seems to continue its appearance but similar to Google’s approach in Android 4.2 of unifying the interface into the phone interface (rather than the tablet-Honeycomb one) the UI is that of Samsung’s phone version of Touchwiz.
If images of the device aren’t enough, there have also been leaked photos allegedly taken using the Galaxy Note 8.0’s camera (rumoured to be a 5mp camera).
The images above don’t seem to be breathtaking professional quality images (what tablet does?), but it’s good to know it seems capable enough of taking images good enough for daily social media use.
Finally, if that wasn’t enough news on the Galaxy Note 8.0, an FCC filing reveals a Samsung device with model number GT-N5110 has made its way through for certification and it’s believed this is further confirmation that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is truly on its way to making its appearance at MWC.
Onto other Samsung tablet news, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Tab 3 series. However, Samsung is expected to initially release only a 10.1 version, with a 7 inch version to make a later appearance depending on the success of the Note 8.0 (perhaps the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 didn’t fare too well against the Nexus 7 and Samsung isn’t sure whether the Galaxy Tab 3 can compete). We haven’t seen any rumoured specs come out yet but it’s believed that the Galaxy Tab 3 will also come with an LTE version.
With all these Samsung tablet rumours, it’s not only important to keep in mind that much of the rumours are just that – rumours; but with the different 4G/LTE bandwidths, we’ll have to also wait and see whether Australia will see versions with Australian 4G compatibility. We’ll be keeping an eye out for these, as well as prying Samsung Australia for more information when it’s opportune, and report back on any news relevant to us here down under.