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We've been hearing more than a few rumors about a new member of Samsung's popular Galaxy Note series, supposedly due for a Mobile World Congress reveal in February. Italian site DDay.it has posted leaked shots of the device in question, and there's no longer any doubt that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is indeed real. Most interestingly, it's laid out more like a super-sized smartphone than a tablet, breaking from the Galaxy Tab design of the 10.1-inch version from last year.

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Specifically, it looks like someone took the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and flattened it out with a rolling pin. The vertical orientation, gently rounded corners, the position of the front and rear cameras, all of them make the Note 8 look like an XXL version of Samsung's high-end smartphones. It's also got the oblong home button and flanking capacitive buttons first seen on the Galaxy S III - an unusual choice for an Android tablet, which usually calls for a status bar. But since Jelly Bean 4.2 basically abandoned the universal bottom bar, Samsung's decision makes sense within its own design standards, even if it won't be a winner for every consumer.

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With a Samsung higher-up seemingly confirming the 8-inch tablet for a MWC reveal, there's little doubt about the Galaxy Note 8.0's authenticity at this point. We're big fans of the 8-9" form factor, so the prospect is exciting, even with Samsung's aversion to virtual buttons. There's still a lot of speculation about the specs, though a 1280x800 screen with the same Wacom digitizer and S-Pen combo as the other Notes seems like a lock. Rumored internals include a quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. We'll be sure to try and get a closer look at the tablet in Barcelona.

Source: DDay.it - this is the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Chronus719

    Seriously, I'm getting tired of the buttons Samsung puts on their devices. I would be more okay with it if they actually kept the Back/Home/Multitask like Android is supposed to be these days, but their obsession with the Menu button and hiding a million things in it drives me up the wall.

    • Sven Enterlein

      Before I bought the Note II I would have disagreed since I was used to the physical button coming from iPhones. However, having used it for some time now I dislike it because a) it clicks audibly and b) the off-screen buttons do not work with the S-pen. This should be fixed.

    • Tommy Thompson

      Until more developers follow the guidelines, a multi-task button won't be as useful as a menu button.

      • Chronus719

        Funny, because it's a non-issue on my Nexus 4 and on the One X.

        • Tommy Thompson

          Well I would hope it would be a non issue on your Nexus 4. Think about that one. Just think about it. As for the One X before they changed how the multitask button worked there was a horrible black bar that would show up just for the menu button.

          • Chronus719

            The point behind it is that in either case, you have a way of knowing if there are contextual items behind the menu button, which is what Google was shooting for. On a Samsung, you're guessing and there are instances where you can press the menu button and it does nothing, or you could press it and have a ridiculous amount of hidden things.

          • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

            We all know what Google is shooting for, but I think Tommy's point is that a lot of app developers aren't shooting for the same thing... Yet.

          • Chronus719

            His point is, and I quote, "Until more developers follow the guidelines, a multi-task button won't be as useful as a menu button." My point is: I beg to differ.

          • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

            So what are you begging to differ on? That many developers haven't yet followed the guidelines, or that the multi-task button isn't as useful as a menu button?

            Because either way, Tommy is right imo - simply because many app developers are still stuck in the Gingerbread era way of doing things. And you can't change that fact unless app developers start catching up on what Google wants them to do.

          • Chronus719

            I beg to differ that the menu button is more useful than the multitasking button. How do you expect for developers to start following Google's guidelines when the number one manufacturer of Android phones still includes it? Moreover, what is the point of having a menu button when there are other proven solutions to the removal of the menu button?

            It's like the whole Flash debate all over again. People want Flash because so much web content is still reliant on it, but the only way web developers were going to stop using Flash was if support was slowly dropped in favor of HTML5.

          • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

            Whether the multi-task button is as useful as the menu button is a matter of opinion, and we will probably have to agree to disagree. I'd just like to say that from personal experience in owning the SGS1 and SGS2, I feel the menu button is just that much more useful. I don't like that fact, but that's the way it is because of how most apps are set up.

      • PhilNelwyn

        The problem is hardware buttons.
        On-screen buttons solve that, with the menu button only appearing in "bad" apps.

      • JAD88

        what incentive to developers have to follow the guidelines when OEMs are still making devices with menu buttons? If every device was coming out with a navigation bar and i saw that my app had a legacy menu button show up, i would want to change that. The most popular phone still has a menu button, so why bother?

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          That argument doesn't make any sense. It's like saying, developers don't have an incentive to include any graphics of higher or lower resolution than hdpi. Take notice of all of those Nexus 10 (and the occasional Droid DNA) owners who have been complaining, you'll see why developers are incentivized to build for devices that they don't themselves own or have traits that aren't entirely common in the market.

      • vitriolix

        I never missed a menu botton on my Galaxy Nexus, not once.

        • Tommy Thompson

          Of course you wouldn't, because you have ON SCREEN BUTTONS.

  • Rohin Galhotra

    Sammobile (who leaks most Samsung stuff) said this was fake

    • Tommy Thompson

      They are the ones who posted about it saying it was the Galaxy Note 8..

      • Rohin Galhotra

        No, Dday.it posted it, saying it was the Note 8. They said that this is not it.

        • Tommy Thompson

          No, sammobile posted it saying it was the note 8, but not the "special" thing Samsung was going to unveil. Read it again.

  • sri_tech

    I have got this photo two days back from twitter. These leaked photos looks same.

  • Kokusho

    the camera lens is always square on samsung device.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Something about these pictures seem off.

  • http://twitter.com/Bl4ckpheniX aaron nyquist

    Looks like there is a ear speaker in the top image. Is this also going to be a phone?

  • defred34

    No that, pals, is the mother of all Photoshops!

    • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

      Yeah, the screen looks like LCD on one, and OLED on the next. And not really properly aligned in the bottom of the second pic.

  • Sebastien Coulombe

    I can't understand why it has an earpiece ? Are we supposed to use it as a giant phone ?

    I say fake...

    • lordmerovingian

      Hmmm, good catch...

    • GazaIan

      Keep in mind the 7 inch Galaxy Tabs had an earpiece as well, and it could actually be used for calls.

    • Sootie

      I really think you can use it as a phone, the original note was an experiment and I suspect this one might be the same but bigger, its a phone I tells ya a gigantic phone!!!!

  • atari37

    These guys need some help in the design department. Sony's new Z tablet with Samsung's internals and I'm in.

    All I want is the Z tablet's design, the Nexus 10's display, Galaxy Note Suite or stock Android, and Tegra 4 or Exynos Octa? Am I asking for too much?

  • http://twitter.com/sjenehzdv Nabil L

    Wow, never seen a tablet as Ugly as this. Good luck for solding this, Samsung.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    Fake? Maybe the title should read "Hobbiton receives Note 2 and HTC One Mini"

  • miso_sori

    I would be ok with the buttons IF everyone ONLY used their devices in portrait mode. Seems silly to me but who knows, maybe it wouldn't be so bad if I actually used it.

  • squiddy20

    Some people said the iPad was nothing more than a scaled up iPhone. I wonder what they'll say about this? -_-

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      All those people were wrong, it was a scaled up iPod Touch ;)

    • Richard Yarrell

      This @squiddy20 idiot is so useless. Major troll take that crappy Galaxy Nexus on Sprint and go shit on yourself loser

      • squiddy20

        Says the idiot who doesn't know the difference between their, they're and there... -_-

        • Richard Yarrell

          Says the idiot who can't afford anything as usual. Guess your mom won't be allowing you to have this one on the family plan from sprint. Can't help but laugh at your garbage Sprint Galaxy Nexus 3g phone. Oh let me guess it's rooted but it's still 3g on Sprint.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            Can you two children stop?!?! You've been at this for over a month. Who in the adult world acts like this?

  • Kenny O

    What is he holding in his hand in the big picture that is barely sticking out and is in between his palm and the alleged tablet, and how is he holding it like that? Also, if these are leaked pictures of of Note device wouldn't the person most likely be utilizing the S-pen.

  • L boogie

    Isn't Samsung tired of using the same 1280x800 formula by now, from the 7.7 till now(though said tab should have received continued support then again, comically bad ones like the 7/10 tab 2 wouldn't shine if they did lol).... not sure about this recent leak but gonna reserve judgment till the final product is officially announced though the Note 8 is very interesting then again, so is the Nexus 7.7

  • http://twitter.com/augustofretes Luis Augusto Fretes

    I hate Google's software buttons, its a piss poor solution. But if there's one thing I hate more is the menu button (it was piss poor solution too, and Android shouldn't have never use it).

    AND on top of everything... the freaking S-Pen doesn't work with the buttons so it breaks the experience, moreover, since the fucking buttons don't support any sort of palm rejection I can't even count how many times I've pressed back in the middle of writing and equation.

    To make things even worse (I'm really interested in a 8" tablet with pen support) this thing is beyond ugly. I really hope this particular leak is fake.

    • peterfares

      There are gestures for menu and back button with the spen.

  • poiuy

    The nipple camera returns

  • Guest

    Maybe it will become the Note III..... Why you holding your tablet to your head like you making a phone call?

  • anzensepp1987

    The Note IV will be in this size... or at the latest the Note V.

  • Elton.P

    Im more inclined to believe that this is the Tab 3 7.0 than the Note 8.0 cuz I dont see a S-pen.I could be wrong though.

  • master94

    i would use that as a phone and tablet. Might as well. I already turn heads with my Note II

  • Scott

    That thing looks hideous.

  • Kenny4Y

    It's sufficient but not necessary to have menu buttons on devices anymore. Case in point, my Nexus 7 is running PA w/ PIE and it's one of the best user experience I've had so far.

  • vitriolix

    I have the Galaxy Note II. love this device... but the fact that there are two capacitive buttons that you can't use with the spen, and 1 physical button for home which is too slipper to use with the spen comfortably... so you have to constantly think about which button you are hitting and how to hit it... terrible terrible UX going on at samsung.

    Another example is that the capacitive buttons vanish when not touched, the dumbest UI decision I could imagine making.. why would I want them to glow *after* I touched them? That doesn't help me in any way. When I hand my phone to other people they always ask where the buttons are. Why they didn't just make them painted on under the glass so you could always see them is beyond me.

    Also... WTF with replacing the multi task button with the menu button. On Android 4.x the menu button is nearly useless and the task switch button is insanely useful. Got that 100% backwards guys.

    Looks like they are going to stick to their guns on this... bleh.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Amen.

    • peterfares

      There are gestures for back and menu with the s pen.

  • DCMAKER

    ugly as hell

  • HotInEER

    I would be shocked if this is the final product, but I could see Samsung trying to make their products all look and work together. It falls in line with their S3 and Note phones. I just hope they stop putting crappy resolutions in their tablets.

  • Freak4Dell

    Depending on pricing, I'll consider buying it. If it comes in black, that is.

  • John O’Connor

    If they sell it with a cell radio (that can make calls) I just might buy it

  • IvanP

    People here (Russia) use some Samsung tablet for calls all the time. I guess it's 7" Tab, or what do they call it - looks very disturbing now, but I guess we'll get used to it. If this is real thing, I believe Samsung decided to profit on GS3/Note2 beeing sold so well worldwide - this looks similar, only bigger, how can it be bad? I'll stick to my N7 nevertheless.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Bottom line i will give this strong consideration no doubt. Samsung has been and continues to be the best android manufacturer ever. They have the best software and features solution on any handset ever made. The leading manufacturer who has clearly made industry leading devices covering over 2 plus years. I have owned the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3, and now the Galaxy Note 2. I plan on purchasing the Galaxy Note 3 in 2013 November. I will give this Note 8 serious thought as well as the upcoming Galaxy S4 in April. Might just buy these devices just for GP. That's how i roll with Samsung only cause they are and always have been android.

  • Huyen Nguyen
  • clef

    looks good.
    tho I might never buy it (gnote were always too expensive for me)..

  • http://www.facebook.com/nabillist Nabil Shaikh

    dunno why but it looks fake to me...

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