It seems that all the Galaxy Note 8.0 leaks were not enough, so Samsung decided to go ahead and unveil the 8 inch slate ahead of its MWC 2013 event next week. Let’s see what the fuss was all about.

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The product is now official and it comes packing an 8 inch display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on a 1 .6 Ghz processor of the quad core kind and it also brings 2 GB of RAM, as well as either 16 or 32 GB of storage. There’s also a microsd card slot on board and support for 4G HSPA+ networks, but worry not, since there will also be a LTE version.

Other connectivity features include WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Finally, we’ve got a 4600 mAh power source and two cameras: 5 MP at the back and 1.3 MP front shooter. The CPU identity here is Exynos 4 Quad, but the real selling point is the stylus, that now allows you to manage the physical home and back keys without touching them. Functions like S Note, Air View,  dual view multi window mode , pop up play and Smart stay are all here. There’s also a bundled Smart Remote app, serving as interactive TV guide and remote control via IR blaster.

Global launch is set for second quarter 2013.