Well what do we have here? Our friends over at TechnoBuffalo have gotten their hands on Samsung's roadmap for the first half of 2013. That lists all their releases from now until the end of June. But, surprisingly the only relatively interesting thing on the roadmap is the Galaxy Note 8.0 which was basically confirmed yesterday. Although we do have some more concrete specs for this roadmap. But noticeably absent from the roadmap is the highly anticipated Galaxy S4, which we heard earlier today would be announced in May and start shipping in April.
According to the image above, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is going to be featuring the following specs:
- 8.0-inch 1280×800 TFT (Super Clear Display)
- 1.6GHz quad-core processor (probably of the Exynos variety)
- 5MP rear-facing camera; 1.3MP front-facing camera
- 16/32GB internal storage; Expandable via Micro SD
- Android 4.2 – Jelly Bean
- 4600mAh battery
And according to this road map, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is due to be released in March, which is shortly after the Mobile World Congress expected announcement of the device. It's always good to release a device quickly after an announcement instead of waiting months to release it.
Now the rest of the roadmap shows devices like the Galaxy X Cover 2, Galaxy Young, Galaxy Pocket Plus, and [email protected] 226. Which are a bunch of devices you probably won't care about or even remember after a few days. So what does this mean for the Galaxy S4 a.k.a. the Altius? Well unless Samsung is keeping an extra tight wrap on it, which is quite possible, it won't be released until after July 1st.
So, how about that Galaxy Note 8.0? Who'd buy it? The device has some pretty good specs, and Android 4.2, so you could do a photo sphere with your 8-inch tablet. I think what will seal the deal on whether this is going to be a top-selling device will be the price. It needs to be priced as low as Samsung can so they can sell as many as Samsung can manufacturer.