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Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet rumored to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 hero (1024px)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 hero (1024px)

It sounds like the Galaxy Note family is ready to grow, again — though with a new tablet, not a new phone. According to SamMobile, Samsung is planning to introduce a mid-range 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet at Mobile World Congress next month. If true, it'll mark the second tablet in the Galaxy Note range, following the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note that was announced last year at MWC. While we've heard rumblings that the Galaxy Note phone family will be getting an even-larger option in 2013, this is the first we've heard of a new tablet. Rumored specs include a 1280 x 800 display, 5-megapixel back camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage.

Unsurprisingly, the tablet will launch with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will come in Wi-Fi only and 3G / Wi-Fi models — though there's no mention of LTE capabilities in this model. While we found Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 to be a capable option, the medium-sized tablet market has gotten a lot more competitive in the last few months — between the Nexus 7, iPad mini, and Kindle Fire HD, it's hard to tell how much room there will be for the rumored Galaxy Note 8.0. For this tablet to have a chance, it'll need to fix the many problems that plagued the first Galaxy Note tablet.