Samsung to Debut iPad mini Rival at MWC Next Month

Samsung is reportedly planning to introduce a competing tablet to steal the thunder of Apple’s hugely popular iPad mini.

On Thursday, knowledgeable sources reveal that a smaller Note tablet is forthcoming and may see the light of day as early as February 25th when Mobile World Congress 2013 gets underway in Barcelona.

SamMobile “confirms” the planned Android tablet, adding that it will be called Galaxy Note 8.0, and will deliver the majority of features found on GalNote 10.1. The biggest difference between the two, ironically, is the size. The forthcoming tablet will have an 8-inch form factor.

Samsung’s new upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 will use a 8.0” 1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD) display, 5 megapixel back camera, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 2 GB RAM, 16/32 internal + Micro SD slot. The battery of the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be a 4600 Mah one. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will also have many ways of connectivity like Bluetooth version 4.0, USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and A-GPS.

Analogous to Apple’s playbook with the iPad mini, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will come in two versions – 3G + WiFi, and the other WiFi-only.

To learn more about the purported pint-sized Samsung tablet, check out all the gory details here.

So… does the concept of an Android-powered Note tablet sound appealing to you? Please weigh in with an observation below.