Spare a thought for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (opens in new tab). 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) product registration page, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is lined up to arrive in the coming weeks. Online retailer Expansys (opens in new tab)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 (opens in new tab) costs just £159 and even Apple's iPad mini (opens in new tab) 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 said 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 (opens in new tab) at MWC. The device is set to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (opens in new tab)and feature a quad-core Exynos chipset clocked at 1.6GHz.