New information has surfaced to suggest that the Samsung GT-N5100 — a device uncovered last December in the GLBenchmark database — will launch as the Galaxy Note 8, not the Galaxy Note 7 as originally believed. Specs listed for the unannounced slate detail an 8-inch Super Clear LCD display, 2GB RAM, and 5MP and 1.3MP cameras.
The tablet will likely attempt to bring the Note experience to folks seeking a smaller, less expensive device than the Note 10.1. For this reason, expect Samsung to stick with a lower screen resolution (1280×800). There is no word on what specific processor will be on board, but something from Samsung’s Exynos 4 family wouldn’t be a surprise. The Note 8 will feature connectivity ranging from HSPA+ and WiFi to Bluetooth and GPS. It could launch with Android 4.2.
The timing lines up for Samsung to introduce the tablet at Mobile World Congress at the end of February; the Note 8 could be a centerpiece to the company’s lineup for the show. And yes, the Note name just about guarantees S Pen support. With the introduction of a smaller Note tablet and rumors of a 6.3-inch Note 3 handset, it’s only a matter of time before the line between the two device classes becomes completely blurred.