The first (quasi-blurry) images of what is claimed to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 have surfaced, showing a design that more or less jives with a previously leaked render of the device. That design reminds us more of an over-sized smartphone than an 8-inch tablet, and borrows from the stylings of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
The placement of a speaker in the normal earpiece position, a physical home button with captive navigation keys, and a portray orientation are all features more typical to a smartphone, which has us wondering if Samsung has taken the phablet craze one step too far.
It seems silly to think that Samsung would market the Note 8.0 as a phone, but then again we never thought handsets with screens measuring five inches or greater would sell in the millions. You can get an idea of the device’s size by checking out the HTC One X being held behind the Note 8.0 in the above picture.
Rumored specs for the Note 8.0 include an 8-inch, 1280×800 display, quad-core processor with 2GB RAM, and 5MP camera. Samsung is expected to unveil the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of Febraury.