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Samsung Galaxy Note 8-inch to Take on iPad Mini?

Despite already having 7-inch tablets out in the market, Samsung is supposedly at work on a new 8-inch model that would compete more directly with the Apple iPad mini. Recently Samsung has confirmed the rumors that it will launch an 8-inch Galaxy Note at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The iPad mini’s display is 1024 x 768 across 7.9-inches, while the Galaxy Note 8.0 has been rumored as 1280 x 800 in an 8-inch form factor. That’s pretty close if you ask us and just slightly bigger than last year’s Galaxy Tab 7.7. Although that tablet failed and was overpriced. Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything, nor have we seen any leaks that look concrete, but we’re pretty sure Samsung won’t be integrating phone features into this device. If all the reports and rumors are correct, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will undoubtedly be battling the iPad mini.

Reportedly the Note 8.0 will come with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor joined by 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 front for video chatting, and we can expect a micro-SD slot as usual with Sammy. The leak also shows HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity but there’s no doubt in our minds this won’t arrive on at least Verizon or AT&T with full 4G LTE speeds.

Samsung could drop LTE in favor of a lower price point to compete with the iPad mini, but that’s highly unlikely. This tablet is shaping up to take on the Nexus 7, iPad mini, and anything else around this form factor right out of the gate. Don’t forget it also has that S-Pen stylus for plenty of content creation too, not just consumption like those Fire tablets.

There’s no word on the battery life of the Note 8.0, nor how much the device will cost when released. That’s what Samsung will be banking on, just you wait. We’ll be seeing this device at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona next month. Can the Galaxy Note 8.0 compete with the iPad mini, or does it even need to?