According to anonymous sources speaking to Ubergizmo, Samsung is looking to launch the tablet at the IFA 2013 event in Berlin later this year alongside the previously-rumoured Galaxy Note 8.0. While the new Galaxy Tab device will feature the same screen size, 8in, as the Galaxy Note 8.0, there is to be one major difference: it will be Full HD.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is built around a 1,280×800 liquid-crystal display, a feature which means it cannot hold its head up among high-resolution tablet rivals like the latest iPad or Google’s Nexus 10. The Galaxy Tab 8.0, by contrast, would feature a 1,920×1,080 AMOLED display – the same high-contrast technology that powers the display in Samsung’s Galaxy S line of smartphones – for a much higher-end experience.
Full details as to the specifications of the Galaxy Tab 8.0 are not yet available, but with a high-end display like that Samsung is likely to fit equally high-end components. That could mean an Exynos 5 Octa processor, which packs four low-power cores alongside four high-performance cores in order to offer longer battery life, or a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon chip found inside, along with at least 2GB of RAM. The device is also likely to launch with Android 4.2, which will doubtless be ‘skinned’ using Samsung’s own TouchWiz software.
What the Galaxy Tab 8.0 will lack over its lower-resolution counterpart, however, is the S Pen – a smart stylus accessory exclusive to the company’s Galaxy Note family of products. Whether that will tempt buyers into picking up the lower-specification Galaxy Note 8.0, however, remains to be seen.
Thus far, Samsung has not offered comment on the rumours, refusing to confirm or deny that a Galaxy Tab 8.0 is in the works.