Samsung is reported to be developing a new 8 inch tablet to take on the iPad Mini or Nexus 7. This will be in addition to the Galaxy Note 8.0 the company unveiled at the MWC in February, the pricing for which is still being withheld. Also, according to Sammobile, the tablet will sport a HD AMOLED display that will put it in a better position against the upcoming iPad Mini, which is also expected to carry a retina display. The company was earlier rumored to be working on a 10.1 inch tablet featuring a HD AMOLED display, though the emphasis seems to have shifted to the smaller 8 inch version right now. Also, the 8 inch tablet is likely to be launched at the upcoming IFA event in September, though the bigger 10 inch version will also be up for display, if not ready for launch. Then there also is a tablet in the offing from the South Korean manufacturer that can be considered to be a competitor to the Nexus 10. The biggest USP of the 10 inch Nexus is its resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which is the highest on any tablet currently available. The last time Samsung has launched a tablet featuring an AMOLED display was the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
While specs are anybody’s guess right now, the tablet will assuredly sport a quad core chip and Android Jelly Bean as the OS with maybe a 2 GB RAM. A stylus can be ruled out as Samsung has kept it exclusive to its Note series of devices. It is also likely that Samsung will keep two lines of tablet series, the Galaxy Tab as well as the Galaxy Note. Finally, if Samsung is indeed in the process of developing a new 8 inch tablet to put up against the iPad Mini, it will probably be cheaper in an attempt attempt to undercut the next gen mini iPad.
Stay tuned for further updates.
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