Eight Is The New Seven In Tablets

Archos Titanium 80
Archos Titanium 80

Hot on the heels of Google teaming with rival LG to bring the Nexus 7 to 7.7, Samsung pipes up, further confirming my assertion that this is the year of the eight-inch tablet:

Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet rumored to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress

Rumored specs include a 1280 x 800 display, 5-megapixel back camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage.

I hope those screen specs are wrong, but they likely aren’t. They’ll be spreading the same 1280 x 800 pixels of their 7.7 over an eight-inch screen. Larger pixels. Bleh.

Anyway, this tablet will still be interesting because it will probably bring Samsung’s multi-window capability with it. See that in action in a video here of the Galaxy Note II phone.

It will face the eight-inch Archos 80 Platinum, which will be just US$199. It might face an iPad Mini with IGZO Retina display this year too — which I expect will remain at the painful US$329 price point (but will finally deserve it).


  1. Nate Hoffelder17 January, 2013

    So when Archos released those crappy 8″ tablets in 2011 they were actually ahead of the game? That’s a scary thought.

    1. Mike Cane17 January, 2013

      Yes. Why Charbax isn’t crowing, I don’t know…

  2. Thomas17 January, 2013

    Now that the market for 7 and 10 inch tablets is a bit overstocked, a lot of manufacturers are experimenting with the format. The same thing happened with netbooks and laptops a few years ago. There was a big gap between 7-10 inch netbooks and 15-17 inch laptops. Now, everything smaller than 10″ has been pretty much eliminated, and you can get 11, 12, 13, and 14 inch laptops.

  3. oj82917 January, 2013

    I spec’ed an MSI-brand netbook for a relative right at the bitter end of that craze. Light, stylish, high-end size for a netbook screen (11 or 12″), full-sized keyboard keys, innovative ventilation approach, bundled with Win7Home, $500 flat. This was maybe 3 years ago.

    I haven’t envied a laptop/netbook before or since.

    1. oj82917 January, 2013

      Looks like it was an MSI Wind U series. Fun times, 2010. IIRC, 12″ widescreen.

    2. Nate Hoffelder17 January, 2013

      Plus it had great battery life as well, I bet.


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