Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: UK release date and pricing revealed

Spare a thought for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Launched back at MWC, the upcoming mini-tablet has enjoyed less attention than a potato at a sack race - thanks in no small part to the general frenzy surrounding the launch of the Galaxy S4 handset.

However, the Galaxy Note 8.0 should now enjoy some much deserved time in the spotlight, with word getting out that the little tablet that could will start hitting UK shelves in April.

According to the Carphone Warehouse's product registration page, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is lined up to arrive in the coming weeks. Online retailer Expansys has gone a step further, tagging the device with a speculative price as well.

Apparently, a 16GB Galaxy Note 8.0 with Wi-Fi-only connectivity will set you back £349.99. That's definitely at the more enthusiastic end of the mini-tablet market: a comparable Google Nexus 7 costs just £159 and even Apple's iPad mini only runs to £269 for a similar model.

A fully kitted out Galaxy Note 8.0 featuring Wi-Fi + 3G options and additional on-board storage will cost more still. Earlier in the day, Expansys had a Galaxy Note 8.0 with Wi-Fi + 3G pegged at an eye-watering £599.99; however, the retailer has since told TechRadar that its sums were faulty and it is still awaiting news from the manufacturer.

Whatever the case, it seems that the Galaxy Note 8.0's pricing is certainly going to elicit a fair few double-takes, since the popularity of mini-tablets is closely linked to their affordability.

That said, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 impressed during a hands-on at MWC. The device is set to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and feature a quad-core Exynos chipset clocked at 1.6GHz.