Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 image, ZTE Open Firefox OS phone spec list spied on MWC show floorAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Mobile World Congress may not officially start until Monday, but that doesn't mean that we can't start gathering information from the show floor today! A photo of Samsung's MWC booth has been sent to Engadget, and in the image we can see a large screen showing off the oft-leaked Galaxy Note 8.0. The shot shows a user holding onto the Note 8.0 itself with one hand (and likely a fairly wide grip) while the other hand wields an S Pen. The Note 8.0 fills in a gap in Samsung's Note family between the Note II and Note 10.1, and as this image suggests, its size gives users the ability to one-hand it and use the S Pen full-time.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 frequented the leak spotlight quite a bit in late January, showing up in various "in the wild" images and spec reports. According to the rumor mill, the Note 8.0 will feature an 8-inch 1280x800 display, 5-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras, 2GB RAM and either 16GB or 32GB storage. We've been expecting Samsung to formally introduce us to the Note 8.0 at MWC, and so long as this leaked shot from the show floor is the real deal, it looks like an announcement is indeed near.
Samsung's new tablet isn't the only upcoming product that's been outed on the MWC show floor today, as Engadget has also posted an image of a spec sheet for a Firefox OS-powered phone from ZTE. Dubbed the "ZTE Open," the handset apparently includes a 3.5-inch HVGA display, Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, 256MB RAM, 512MB storage, 1,200mAh battery and FM radio. That sounds like a fairly basic handset, but Mozilla has said before that Firefox OS is optimized for entry-level hardware, and products like this ZTE Open could provide another option for customers looking for an affordable smartphone. ZTE recently teased that its got a Firefox OS-related announcement planned for MWC, so it may not be long before we actually see the Open in the flesh plastic.