Samsung will be announcing it’s 8-inch Apple iPad Mini rival the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress according to Samsung's VP JK Shin as a picture of the tablet emerges.

According to South Korean website news1, in a meeting with reporters Shin confirmed the 8-inch Galaxy Note 8.0 will be officially confirmed at MWC at the end of February.

SamMobile has also published a photo of the alleged Note 8.0, which appears to be from a display card. It shows a white tablet that looks a little like the Samsung Galaxy S3, with curved corners and a white hyperglaze plastic back.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 leaked picture


According to SamMobile the tablet will have an 8-inch 1280x800 Super Clear LCD screen and run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. On the back there’s a 5-megapixel camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for voice calls, it will have 2GB RAM and be available in 16 or 32GB versions, expandable via a microSD card card.

Two versions of the tablet will be available - the GT-N5110 will be WiFi only and the GT-N5100 will include 3G - so based on this information it isn’t 4G ready. Bluetooth 4.0, N WiFi and A-GPS are on board too.

Bearing the Note moniker means it will be equipped with an S-Pen like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Samsung Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

We're not surprised to hear Samsung is readying a new tablet to take on the iPad Mini. The closest rival in its current tablet range is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (right), which has a 7-inch screen announced a year or so ago.  Bringing in S-Pen functionality and making it part of the ‘Note’ range to make it stand out from other small-form tablets is a wise move on Samsung's part.

We’ll bring you more news about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 when we get it.

  Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Specifications
Operating system Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Screen: 8-inch Super Clear LCD 1280x800 TFT LCD
Processor/RAM: 1.6GHz quad-core /2GB
Battery: 4600 mAh
Camera: 5-megapixel/1.3-megapixel
Storage: 16GB/32GB + microSD
Connections: Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi a/b/g/b, A-GPS, 3G, HSDPA
Dimensions: 211.3x136.3x7.95 mm/ 330g

Updated 23rd January 2012