The images above come from an Italian blog—dday.it— claiming to have acquired spy shots of Samsung’s much talked about 8-inch Galaxy Note. We heard a lot about the device in recent weeks, and Samsung executive JK Shin apparently confirmed earlier this month that the new Galaxy Note would launch at Mobile World Congress in February.

We got a look at alleged specs for the device via SamMobile last month, and they included a 1,280-by-800 TFT LCD, a 1.6 quad-core processor, 5-megapixel main camera, and 2GB of RAM. Today, we get our first look at what might be the actual design of the device, which not surprisingly is essentially just a larger version of the Note II. What is surprising is that Samsung has apparently included traditional hardware buttons instead of onscreen controls. There is a possibility we are looking at an early design, or something other than the Note 8.0, but we’ll have to wait until MWC next month to be sure.

(via SamMobile)