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Samsung unveils 8-inch tablet with phone capability

Published on Feb 25, 2013 8:08 AM
A handout photo released on Feb 24, 2013 shows a Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 8.0, the latest version of its oversized smartphone lineup. The new device -- sized between typical smartphones and full-size tablet PCs -- is expected to take on its rival Apple's iPad mini that offers a similar 7.9-inch screen. -- PHOTO : AFP / SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS

SEOUL (AFP) - Samsung on Sunday unveiled an eight-inch tablet with phonecall capability to rival Apple's recently launched iPad mini and to cement its market dominance by offering devices in a variety of sizes.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 features an eight-inch screen and, where it may steal a march on its rival which measures 7.9-inches, the ability to make phone calls.

The new device, now being marketed by Samsung as a "tablet", is powered by Google's Android software and will be showcased at the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona beginning on Feb 25, the company said in a statement.

Like previous incarnations of the Galaxy Note, the device comes with a stylus pen allowing the user to write or draw on the screen, which can be split in two to run various programs at the same time.

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