Samsung announces 8-inch tablet

With Sony having already announced their new flagship phone model, as well as a new tablet, technology companies are gearing up for Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, revealing products that will be officially unveiled during Europe’s biggest technology showcase.

Samsung President JK Shin (image: Engadget)

Following Sony’s announcement of an Xperia Z tablet, Samsung lifted the silence on their latest tablet device, confirming an 8-inch Galaxy Note that will be on show at MWC.

There are rumours that this is the same device that was leaked a couple of weeks ago, and according to initial reports, it should have a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor on a screen that is 1,280 x 800 pixels.

While no additional details about the tablet have been made available, Korean news source iNews24 quoted Samsung President JK Shin when he confirmed that the device will be on show at MWC.

“The 8-inch Galaxy Note will be released at MWC,” the publication wrote.

It is no secret that Samsung and Apple is currently locked in not only a legal battle, but also a battle for consumer sales, and the announcement of an 8-inch Samsung tablet is aimed at taking on Apple and the company’s recently-announced Apple mini device.

Apple is rumoured to be releasing two phones and two new tablets this year, and speculation is rife that Samsung will also announce the Galaxy S4 at MWC.

However, iNews24 quoted Shin as saying that new phones take time to develop and that no other new announcements will be made at MWC.

Whether that means that consumers will only get to see the Galaxy S4 next year, remains a mystery.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor