Samsung prepping Galaxy Note 8.0 8-inch tablet to compete against iPad mini?

The rumored device would pack a higher-res screen than Apple's smaller tablet and run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 could get an 8-inch sibling soon.

Despite already having 7-inch tablets out in the market, Samsung is supposedly at work on a new 8-inch model that would compete more directly with the Apple iPad mini. According to  the SamMobile online fan site (take the source for what it's worth), the Galaxy Note 8.0 could pop up at Mobile World Congress next month.

The 8-inch slate would have a resolution of 1,280×800, which is slightly better than the iPad mini's 1,024x768, and come with 2GB of memory and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. It would also run Android 4.2, the latest version of Jelly Bean. Like other Galaxy Notes, it would include a stylus, which may or may not be a draw for buyers, depending on how useful they find using the digital pen.

Of course, how well the purported Galaxy Note 8.0 would do against the iPad mini will come down to price. Unfortunately, that's one piece of info that did not leak to SamMobile, so we'll just have to wait to find out how aggressively Samsung would price the tablet. $249 and I think we'd have a potential winner, right?