We’re fairly certain HTC plans to unveil their M7 flagship not at Mobile World Congress, but rather at a February 19th press event in New York City. Could Samsung not only follow suit, but actually have their Galaxy Note 8.0 available for purchase in advance of the year’s biggest mobile trade show?
According to German site MobileGeeks, several European retailers not only have the Note 8.0 listed (complete with specs) but also have the device availability listed as February 19th. It would seem odd for Samsung to simply launch the device for sale without some sort of press event (though not unprecedented), but the odd timing could work out if the device ships within the week of Mobile World Congress, which directly follows.
The date could also merely be a placeholder, but we can’t be sure either way. What we can be fairly sure of are the specs that the listing has confirmed. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is listed with an 8-inch display with a 1280×800 resolution, 5MP camera, and 16GB and 32GB storage options. The slate, which carries model number GT-N5100, will retail for 450-550 euro depending on storage capacity.
While we expect to see that exact tablet at MWC, we have our doubts about availability prior to the event. Either way, expect to learn a lot more about the tablet come the end of February.