If the iPad Mini isn’t what you’re after in the small tablet space, it would appear that Samsung are gearing up to introduce their new 8-inch slate come the end of next month, which should offer something a little different.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0, which already broke cover on FrAndroid last month will slot in above the company’s 7-inch range and bring with it some potent hardware to entertain and impress. Accompanying the pretty photos, a rough ETA and prices have also emerged courtesy of Bulgarian online retailer Tablet.bg, stating that consumers can expect to see the 8-inch device hit the market at the end of March; a launch date which we assume will correspond to other regions of Europe outside of Bulgaria too.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0

When the Tab 8.0 does hit, it’ll be made available in two models, a WiFi-only and a WiFi/3G variant both of which have been priced locally. The WiFi version should cost around 699 Bulgarian Lev whilst the 3G model will retail for around 869 Lev, with the equivalent WiFi price being around £310 and the 3G costing approximately £390, so what do you get for your cash?

Well alongside the 8-inch WXGA (800x1280) Super Clear LCD panel, the Tab 8.0 features S Pen integration for stylus input and Jelly Bean 4.2 complete with Samsung’s own TouchWiz tweaks, which should give that pen a lot of purpose throughout the interface. Cameras on the front and back are clocked at 1.3 and 5-megapixels respectively and the rest of the 8.0’s goodness is then found on the inside. The processor driving this small-scale tablet supposedly a 1.6GHz quad-core chip, paired with 2GB of RAM and the options of 16 or 32GB of internal storage with expandable memory via microSD.

It looks as though the superior screen res and beefier hardware are aiming to draw people away from the iPad Mini which utilises a 1024x768 screen and a dual-core processor.