We live in an age where tablets have become so common, that we see every manufacturer launch a tablet or two to woo its respective consumer base. And Samsung has been more active in the tablet segment where it has experimented with almost everything and fortunately for the company, it has worked more often than not. The Galaxy Tab (1st gen) was a hit, although it lost steam eventually as the iPad managed to strengthen its stranglehold on the tablet industry. However, a year later in September 2011 we were treated to something known as the Galaxy Note. This was too big to be a smartphone, yet too small to be considered a tablet. So we were quick to call it a phablet. Samsung made further inroads in the phablet segment with a bigger Note device in the form of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note II in 2012, and we were blown away all over again.
But since the last few weeks, we’ve been hearing about a new Galaxy Note device with a relatively bigger 8-inch display preparing to be unveiled at the MWC next month. What made it even more interesting was the fact that we were treated to an alleged press shot of the device, partially confirming its existence. And now, almost as if Samsung wants us to know it’s indeed real, some images of the Galaxy Note 8 have been leaked whilst being used. The folks over at Dday.it have managed to get their hands on a couple of images of the tablet/smartphone which is all we needed to convince ourselves that the Note 8 isn’t just a concept.
Speaking of the device itself, it is clear from the first picture alone that the device is meant to be used as a phone (hint: speaker grille on the front). And since this is supposed to be a Galaxy Note device, we would obviously expect to see the S-Pen in motion. The S-Pen slot is visible on the bottom right of the device, while most of the images only shed light on the front and back of the device. This confirms that the device in question is indeed the Galaxy Note 8 and not just an ordinary tablet. The phablet doesn’t seem to have a camera flash, which makes us feel if this will be priced relatively cheaper compared to competitive offerings (namely the Apple iPad Mini). The camera sensor is not flush to the surface of the back cover and is hence very reminiscent of the camera placement on the HTC One X. And unsurprisingly, Samsung has gone with the same design as the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, which indicates that the smartphone is true to the nature of its pebble shaped cousins.
The idea of a bigger sized Galaxy Note device is instantly appealing, but the thought of a super large phone isn’t quite attractive to me yet. But I’m sure Samsung has something special up its sleeve prepared for this device, which wouldn’t make the thought of the Galaxy Note 8 all that ridiculous. Either way, the 8-inch Galaxy Note certainly seems like a valid proposition when we leave out the smartphone capabilities of the device. If you use it strictly as a tablet rather than an overly large smartphone, I guess most of the problems can be solved. It’s about perception after all. Let’s hope though that Samsung doesn’t call it a Phonblet and sticks with phablet.
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