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Samsung plans Galaxy Note 8 device for Mobile World Congress next month … and also targets the business market [VIDEO]

January 21st, 2013 |  Published in Mobile World Congress 2012, Samsung, Telecom and broadband

21 January 2013– Jong-Kyun Shin, the president of Samsung’s mobile business, told reporters attending a dinner in Seoul, Korea, that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would be fully revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, at the end of February, according to iNews24 and reported by Engadget.

As the name implies, it’ll be an 8-inch tablet, very close in size to the iPad mini (which sports a 7.9-inch screen) as opposed to the 7-inch size of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

The new Galaxy Note 8 — clearly leaping from the “phablet” to what is an actual tablet device — is expected to feature Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and a 128 x 800 display.

According to news wire iNews24, the new device will also come with a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and will come in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations.

And according to the rumor mill, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor.

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Samsung is trying to get the business world to take Android seriously.  In related news, Samsung has just put out a new video ad that in the same spirit as its barrista/hipster ads berating the iPhone is taking the mickey out of the BlackBerry device family.

It seems Samsung is astonished — no, actually outraged — that there are those in the business world who are clinging on stubbornly to their BlackBerrys.  While it is novel that a company that has been as successful in the smartphone world as Samsung would be troubled by what at this stage should seem like a trivial annoyance, nevertheless I can’t shake my conviction that it is venting its spleen at the wrong company.  Android’s biggest competitor in the corporate smartphone world isn’t the BlackBerry ecosystem, it’s the iOS ecosystem.

The ad appears to be attempting to show that dynamic start-ups are getting more done on Android devices – preying on the buttoned-up corporate world’s (so far) unspoken fears that in the time of BYOD (bring your own device) they may be out of touch with productive yearnings of their hip, young employees.

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