By James Paladino/J.paladino@latinospost.com (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Jan 23, 2013 01:01 AM EST

Multi-Window running on a U.S. T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 (Photo : Keerthi Chandrashekar/Latinos Post)

Samsung refuses to pull the curtain back on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 until Mobile World Congress kicks off at the end of February, but a recently leaked Twitter photo betrays the Korean company's plans for its iPad mini competitor (via Unwired View).

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Granted the leak turns out to be legit, the Note 8.0 will feature an 8-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB, RAM, 16GB of memory in addition to micro SD, a 5-megapixel camera, and the S-Pen stylus. Android 4.2, reportedly known as Key Lime Pie, will likely serve as the tablet's operating system.

As the Galaxy Note 8.0 vies with the iPad mini for the diminutive tablet space, the Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to enter the space with a 6.3-inch display and may very well carry the Exynos 5 Octa chipset, which Samsung showed off at CES 2013.

In contrast, the iPad mini sports a 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, a 1024 x 768, fingerprint-resistant coating, a front-facing 1.2 Facetime HD camera, and a 5-megapixel iSight Camera. Powered by a dual-core A5 processor, the tablet is Bluetooth capable and is available in a LTE variant. 

While the market for smart devices continues to explode, paving the way for smartphones, phablets, tablets, mini tablets, and more, Apple and Samsung continue to vie for each and every quadrant of an ever changing digital landscape. CNET reports that the iPhone secured 51.2 percent of all handset sales in the last quarter of 2012, although the Cupertino-based company still lags behind Samsung on a worldwide scale.

Kantar analyst Dominic Sunnebo explains, "At the end of 2012, the global OS picture shows Android on top, but clearly the rate of growth it experienced over the past year is beginning to slow as easy wins from first-time smartphone buyers begin to reduce."

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