By Keerthi Chandrashekar / ( | First Posted: Jan 18, 2013 09:26 AM EST

An 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet should be hitting retail shelves later this year (Photo : Samsung)

Samsung has attacked Apple by releasing a flurry of devices to give customers more personalized options that just "one iPhone." Rumor has it that the South Korean electronics manufacturer will be continuing the trend by releasing another device in its Galaxy Note lineup: the Galaxy Note 8.0.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will have - as its name suggests  - an 8-inch display and form factor that Samsung reportedly hopes will help the company better compete against Apple's iPad mini, which sports a 7.9-inch display. Samsung already has a Galaxy Tab 7.0 tablet on retail shelves, but is clearly not satisfied with its ability to fend off competitors' budget tablets. 

The Galaxy Note  8.0 is rumored to have a 1280X800 display, better than the iPad mini's 1024X768. It should also be equipped with 2GB RAM and be available in 16GB and 32GB options with a microSD slot for extra memory. Expect the Galaxy Note 8.0 to run Android 4.2 and come in both 3G and Wi-Fi only variants. 

Other rumored specs include a 4,600 mAh battery, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. No word on whether the cameras will include Samsung's zero-shutter lag technology and pricing is also still up in the air, although expect it to be priced aggressively against the iPad mini's price tag of $329. 

While the initial specs don't look incredibly impressive, Samsung will be able to tout the Galaxy Note 8.0's S Pen, an electronic stylus that can be found on other Galaxy Note devices. Only time will tell whether this is enough to lure customers away from Apple.

Does an 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet have you excited? 

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