Samsung is prepping a rival to Apple's 8-inch iPad mini, says report

Samsung appears ready to lift itself out of the cutthroat competition in the current seven-inch computer tablet market by raising the display-size ante with an eight-inch slate.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have a 1280-by-800-pixel display, 5-mexapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras, 2GB RAM, a microSD slot with support for cards up to 32GB in size, and an option of 16GB or 32GB of storage, according to Samsung enthusiast site SamMobile.

SamMobile reported that Samsung would release the Note 8 (GT-N5110, codename: Kona) at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month and run the latest version of Android (4.2 Jelly Bean).

The new tablet will be released in both Wi-Fi-only (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Wi-Fi/3G versions, SamMobile noted. GSM networks supported include EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100).

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Running on a 4600 Mah battery, also supported by the tablet are Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, A-GPS, and stylus input with Samsung's S-pen.

No pricing information for the tablet was reported by SamMobile, although the fan site, as well as others, are speculating that the new slate will be positioned to compete with Apple's seven-inch class tablet, the iPad mini.

The Note 8, as described by SamMobile, will have a display with more resolution than the mini, 1280 by 800 pixels compared to the Apple slate's 1024 by 768.

A 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad mini costs $329 and the same configuration with cellular support sells for $459. If Samsung wants the Note 8 to compete with the mini on price, it will probably have to sell the 16GB Wi-Fi-only version of it at around $250.

If released, the Note 8 would join Samsung's other Note products: the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1.

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