Eight Is The New Seven In Tablets

Eight Is The New Seven In Tablets e-Reading Hardware

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).

6 Comments on Eight Is The New Seven In Tablets

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

  2. 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. 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.

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