Windows Phone 8 variant of Galaxy Note coming this Fall?

Samsung may have just announced its new Windows Phone 7.5 device, the Samsung Focus 2, but the company reportedly has even bigger plans to support Windows Phone 8 along with the PC-based Windows 8 OS later this fall. A report on Smarthouse claims that it spoke with a unnamed "senior executive at Samsung" where he allegedly revealed details about the company's slate of devices for both of Microsoft's operating systems.

The executive reportedly confirmed that Samsung will released two Windows 8-based tablets this fall, along with a Windows version of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The unnamed exec is quoted as saying:

Microsoft still has a big installed PC base and there are a lot of Windows applications out there that consumers want to get on a portable device. Windows 8 allows us to deliver across multiple devices.

The report claims that Samsung will release an 11 inch and a 14 inch Windows 8 tablet device. Samsung already has Windows 7-based Slate touch screen tablets on sale.

The same article also repeats another rumor that we have reported on before; that Samsung will release a Windows Phone 8 ("Apollo") device later this fall that will be based on the design of the just announced Android-based Samsung Galaxy III.

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The source article is taking about WINDOWS 8 tablets, not WINDOWS PHONE 8. Microsoft do not have any plans to make WINDOWS PHONE 8 for Tablets, supporting Galaxy Note with WINDOWS PHONE 8 would border on impossible due to the amount of changes to hardware and software support to allow Digitizer Pen input. Why would they waste their time adding TABLET functionality to their PHONE OS when they already have a TABLET OS which runs on ARM (WINDOWS 8) that already supports Digitizer Pens.

The report claims that Samsung will release an 11 inch and a 14 inch Windows 8 tablet device. Samsung already has Windows 7-based Slate touch screen tablets on sale.

Lol what? 14 inches? When will these companies realize bigger isn't always better.

4.8"-5.3" phones are way too big for most people's hands and it's just annoying to carry. A 14" tablet? That would be an absolute pain in the ass to hold in one hand. Sure you could probably dock it with a keyboard and use it as a laptop but if you're going to do that, why not just buy a laptop?

-Razorfold said,

Lol what? 14 inches? When will these companies realize bigger isn't always better.

4.8"-5.3" phones are way too big for most people's hands and it's just annoying to carry. A 14" tablet? That would be an absolute pain in the ass to hold in one hand. Sure you could probably dock it with a keyboard and use it as a laptop but if you're going to do that, why not just buy a laptop?

I think 14" is too big for a laptop too

jakem1 said,

I think 14" is too big for a laptop too

I think it depends on what you buy the laptop for. Lots of people buy laptops instead of desktops as their main home/work PC and don't really travel with it much. In those cases the bigger screen is fine IMO.

-Razorfold said,

Lol what? 14 inches? When will these companies realize bigger isn't always better.

4.8"-5.3" phones are way too big for most people's hands and it's just annoying to carry. A 14" tablet? That would be an absolute pain in the ass to hold in one hand. Sure you could probably dock it with a keyboard and use it as a laptop but if you're going to do that, why not just buy a laptop?

I have big hands - the 5.3" galaxy note sits in my hand just fine (to my pleasant surprise). What doesn't work for you works for others.

Diversity yes?

WP7 said,

I have big hands - the 5.3" galaxy note sits in my hand just fine (to my pleasant surprise). What doesn't work for you works for others.

Diversity yes?

"phones are way too big for most people's hands"

GP007 said,

I think it depends on what you buy the laptop for. Lots of people buy laptops instead of desktops as their main home/work PC and don't really travel with it much. In those cases the bigger screen is fine IMO.

For me the perfect size for a laptop is 12.1 inches............. the size of my Toshiba Portege' Tablet, a Windows Tablet................ :-)

Is this from the same source who said we'd be getting a Samsung Galaxy SII Windows Phone variant soon?

.Neo said,
Is this from the same source who said we'd be getting a Samsung Galaxy SII Windows Phone variant soon?

The Focus S has the same hardware design as the Galaxy S II.

.Neo said,

Not here in Europe.

No, it was only released in the US unfortunately. However, it was released and it was the SGS2 equivalent for WP7.

Hopefully Samsung will stop selling different Windows Phones in different markets and come up with a single worldwide strategy for WP8.

jakem1 said,

No, it was only released in the US unfortunately. However, it was released and it was the SGS2 equivalent for WP7.

Hopefully Samsung will stop selling different Windows Phones in different markets and come up with a single worldwide strategy for WP8.

I think they will, and I base this on the fact that WP8 should fully support Samsungs own ARM hardware and not limit them to using Qualcomm Snapdragons anymore. The same goes for Nokia, since Nokia has a long history of using TI SoCs iirc. Either way, by supporting more ARM SoCs, just like Windows 8 does, this lets OEMs go with what they can get a better deal on and thus should drive prices down.

wolftail said,
I don't understand. The title says Windows Phone 8 Galaxy Note but the article says Windows 8 Galaxy Note.

Samsung has plans to support Windows Phone 8 AND windows 8 later this fall... Please re-read.

eladbs said,

Samsung has plans to support Windows Phone 8 AND windows 8 later this fall... Please re-read.

I know that was the intent of the article as well, but it's worded rather poorly. I'm with wolftail on this one.

eladbs said,

Samsung has plans to support Windows Phone 8 AND windows 8 later this fall... Please re-read.

@eladbs, Looks like you need to re-read... The title says a "Windows PHONE 8 variant of Galaxy Note"

Then the article goes on to say a "Windows version" of the Note and the direct quote also says "Windows 8 allows us to deliver across multiple devices".... No mention of "PHONE" anywhere in that.

wolftail said,
I don't understand. The title says Windows Phone 8 Galaxy Note but the article says Windows 8 Galaxy Note.

Furthermore, read the source article. It talks about the Windows version of the Note in the section that talks about Windows 8 tablets, then later the article transitions to Windows PHONE 8 and there's no mention of the Note, they just talk about variants of the Galaxy S III being released as the Focus II (which by they way, the Focus II was just anounced and it is definitely no based on the S III. I don't mean to hate but this is horible reporting all around...

shamburg said,

Furthermore, read the source article. It talks about the Windows version of the Note in the section that talks about Windows 8 tablets, then later the article transitions to Windows PHONE 8 and there's no mention of the Note, they just talk about variants of the Galaxy S III being released as the Focus II (which by they way, the Focus II was just anounced and it is definitely no based on the S III. I don't mean to hate but this is horible reporting all around...

Agreed. The article's not clear at all.