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Wi-Fi and 3G versions expected in Q2 2013

MWC 2013: Samsung to take on iPad mini with Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung has unveiled the latest device in its Galaxy range, the Note 8.0, which it hopes will become a direct competitor to Apple’s iPad mini.

The South Korean firm claims the device offers ‘a new era of intelligent Note technology set to re-ignite the mid-size tablet category that Samsung established in 2010’.

JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said: ‘The Galaxy Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play.”

Measuring just a touch bigger than the iPad mini, this 8-inch tablet runs on Android 4.1.2 and will incorporate Samsung’s S Pen stylus technology. It also boasts a TFT LCD display running at 1280 x 800.

With an expected release in Q2 2013, Samsung will be rolling out Wi-Fi and 3G models of the Galaxy Note 8.0 with either 16GB or 32GB or internal storage.

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