At this point, we can be fairly sure an 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet is a thing that's happening. It has shown up in numerous benchmarks (as the GT-N5100), and supposedly packs a 1280x800 LCD display, which we can all but guarantee will be of the Wacom variety.

Now, Samsung's head of mobile JK Shin has allegedly confirmed the device's existence to Korean news outlet iNews24. The announcement was made at an invitation-only dinner with some of Samsung's newly-promoted high-level officers. Also on the list were a few members of the Korean press. At some point, Shin revealed to iNews that the 8-inch Note would be revealed at MWC in Barcelona, late next month. No other details were provided.

While our Korean (read: Google Translate's Korean) isn't exactly up to snuff, the way we read it, it sounds like Samsung also confirmed that neither of its next major phones will be announced at MWC. This is far from surprising. Samsung unveiled the S III at its own private event in London last May, and there is no reason to expect them to change that strategy this year for the S IV (or whatever it's called). We're likely a long ways off from the next Note phone(s), so there's no reason to expect those, either.

The 8-inch Note, widely assumed to be Samsung's play against the iPad Mini, is a more logical fit for a trade show announcement for two reasons. First, it's far from guaranteed that an 8-inch Note tablet will be a sales success. The Note 10.1 hasn't exactly caught on like wildfire (at least in the US), and none of Samsung's past tablets have really managed to make a sizable dent in the marketplace. Second, it's a fantastic opportunity to do a little one-upsmanship on every other company showing off products. I can guarantee the line for Samsung's MWC press event will be the longest, and that its booth will be the most crowded. Samsung enjoys even more brand recognition in Europe than the US, so expect things to be at a fever pitch come February.

You can also bet Samsung will milk said excitement for every ounce of coverage it's worth - so get ready for teaser videos and pictures of carefully silhouetted rectangles out the wazoo over the coming weeks.

iNews24 via Engadget

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Hemanth Kumar

    I'm SOLD!! if it is priced at $350 for 16GB, even if it is made of proprietary samsung plastic..

  • FrillArtist

    No, thanks. TouchWiz.

    • fixxmyhead

      stop trying to look 'pro'

      let me guess, nexus fanboy?

      • FrillArtist

        You're a riot. Anyone that prefers one software over another is a "pro"? Lmao. If anything, I find those that understand TouchWiz to be pros. I can't understand it for my life. I just prefer stock because it is clean and simple not because I'm trying to look "pro".

        • fixxmyhead

          because everybody always says " stock android is the best, put cm on it" or some other stupid saying like that u see everyday. its like everyone is trying to be in the 'cool' crown with some stock custom rom cuz skins 'suck' and make the phone crappier.

          • FrillArtist

            Lol. I do know what you're talking about though. I'm not one of those people. I dislike those people that tell others to root just because.

            I have a GNex and I haven't even rooted it. I just like it the way it is. I had a G1 and a G2 that I rooted but that was to get extra functionality and better support. The GNex is just perfect the way it is for me. I'm not going to root and add custom roms just to be in the "cool crowd". I like stock Android. It's simple and clean for me.

            Back to the main post though, David Ruddock made a good point. A big screen phablet needs a heavily customized interface. Stock Android would not be intuitive enough.

    • hot_spare

      I know many people just love stock. it doesn't mean everyone feels same. stock android on Note device sucks.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I don't love TouchWiz, but a stylus-oriented tablet without some heavy software modifications seems pretty pointless, considering Android is not a stylus-centric OS.

      • FrillArtist

        True. True.

      • Freak4Dell

        This is probably the only time I'll say that TouchWiz might actually be useful. I hate TouchWiz, but I'd consider buying this thing if it's reasonably priced.

  • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

    if the unlocked version has telephony like the 10.1, i'm getting rid of my note 2.

  • Wayne Moyer

    And eight inch Note? Aren't these Phablet's getting a little bit out of hand?!

    /not being serious

  • http://www.facebook.com/lunchmeat78 Hershell Tidwell

    My daily drive phone will be pure Android, but this Note 8 is very attractive to me. I'm sold. Just waiting on Google to restock the Nexus 4 and I would even take a 8gb Nexus 4.

  • fmfpost

    Note 10.1 becomes a complete different experience after the last update.
    I have multi window with all my apps, by doing a root and installing an app that enables and disables multi window as needed.
    Also, the pen really becomes very useful during mundane tasks, in my opinion, providing a much better experience.
    In this specific instance, stock JB just wont do it.

  • PINJ

    Kinda Misleading... I Thought It Was A Phablet Announcement

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I agree, though it does say 8 inch meaning it would be larger than a Nexus 7.

  • RajivSK

    Am I the only one thinking it's confusing to have both a tablet and a phone called 'note' with an ever decreasing difference in size? Soon we'll have a 6" model that can make calls and a 7" model that can't...

    • Anton Gl

      I think, that "Note" just means "S Pen included". And only that. So it can be a smartphone, a tablet or phablet - it's even doesn't matter.

      • Freak4Dell

        I think they should have used a name like Note Tab for the tablets, and just phased out their regular tablets altogether. I think that would make the Samsung tablets stand out, while still differentiating from the phone (just Note), and reducing the number of products. Then again, this is Samsung, so "reducing the number of products" is not a term they understand.

      • RajivSK

        It's not that I'm unclear on it's meaning. I just think that the name should say more than what kind of gadget is included. It should at least tell you if it is in fact a phone or a tablet.