Samsung Continues its hardware dominance with the expected Note 8.0, Galaxy S4 and Quad-Core Nexus 10

Posted on Jan 21 2013 - 10:42am by Brian

Time and again Samsung has set the gold standard for smartphone and tablet manufacturers with their progressive design and top notch hardware. With MWC right around the corner, Samsung has come prepared for another stellar year.

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Last week Samsung Mobile’s vice president J.K. Shin confirmed that they would be announcing a new Galaxy Note device with an 8 inch Super Clear LCD display in addition to the following specs:

Code name: KONA
Android version: 4.2 Jelly Bean
Official name: GALAXY Note 8.0 (3G, Wi-Fi)
Product codes: GT-N5100, GT-N5110
Battery: 4600 mAh
Dimension: 211.3×136.3×7.95 mm , 330 gram.
Display: 8.0”1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD)
GSM networks: EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)
Camera: 5 Megapixel (BACK)
Camera: 1.3 megapixel (FRONT)
Processor: 1.6 quad-core processor
RAM + Storage: 2GB (RAM) + 16/32GB (optional) + microSD (up to 32GB)
Connections: BT 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS

When the Galaxy Note smartphone first came out it was met with mocking criticism about its size. Deemed to be too large to be a phone and too small to be a tablet, we all know now that this isn’t necessarily true. Alongside the Galaxy Note and Note II’s success we’ve seen a slew of other manufacturers releasing 5 inch phones, so it’s not too surprising to see Samsung push the envelope once again by reaching into the 8 inch range.

Our main concern here is that Samsung hasn’t exactly nailed it yet with the tablet sized versions of the Note, so if they could really nail down the UI for the 8-inch smartphone, perhaps it could translate to the 10-inch variety as well. While we are on the subject of 10 inch devices, let’s not forget the first ultra high-res Android tablet, the Nexus 10, which was made possible by Samsung’s partnership with Google.

The Nexus 10 was released just over 2 months ago in November with an incredible 2560 x 1600 display and was one of they few devices to be powered by a Cortex A-15 dual-core processor in the Exynos 5. Now it looks like Samsung and Google have already prepared an update for the Nexus 10 which bumps the CPU up to a quad-core CPU with 8 core Mali-T678 GPU.  According to BSN they spotted the next-gen Nexus 10 in the shell of the original and its benchmark improvement was “night and day.”

Although there haven’t been any specifics regarding the Galaxy S4, if we can tell anything from these previous two devices, it’s that Samsung’s tenacity has yet to let down and we can expect plenty of amazing devices to be seen at MWC. Prepare yourself for another year of impressive Samsung hardware.

News1 via Samfirmware & BSN via Droid Life

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