Although Samsung already has the Galaxy Tab 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 7.7 on the market, it may be that the company sees the Galaxy Note 8.0 as it's best chance of directly competing against Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini, given its unique styus-based spin.
MWC 2013 kicks off during the last week of February, but don't go thinking you'll be able to lay your hands on the Galaxy Note 8.0 anytime soon, as it will probably take a month or two to reach stores.
That means we'll probably see the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 release date set for around April - watch this space.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 price
We'd expect to see the Galaxy Note 8.0 carry a healthy price tag as it will be competing more with the iPad mini than the likes of the budget focussed Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.
The iPad mini starts at £269/$329/AU$369, so in true Samsung fashion the Galaxy Note 8.0 will probably look to undercut its Cupertino-based rival in an attempt to pull customers away from Apple.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 screen
Unsurprisingly the Galaxy Note 8.0 will sport, yes, you've guess it, an 8-inch display, with early reports suggesting it will pack Super Clear LCD technology and a decent 1280 x 800 resolution.
If true it would mean the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 would have an ever-so-slightly better display than the iPad mini, but there's not a lot in it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 operating system
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will almost certainly come running Android Jelly Bean out of the box, but whether it will be version 4.1 or 4.2 is still up for debate.
According to SamMobile the Note 8.0 will indeed ship with the very latest version of Jelly Bean - Android 4.2 - which would be excellent news for anyone interested in picking one up.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 specs
There have been a couple of specification leaks regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 recently, both of which come via SamMobile.
As well as the 8-inch display and Jelly Bean OS the Galaxy Note 8.0 will apparently pack 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 3G option, 4,600mAh battery and of course the famous S-Pen stylus.
A second set of specs turned up a few days later claiming to be from Spanish marketing material for the Galaxy Note 8.0.
This leak revealed that the slate is likely to pack a 1.6GHz quad-core processor alongside the 2GB of RAM and 5MP camera, but this report suggests you'll only get 16GB of internal memory.
Samsung could well offer the Galaxy Note 8.0 in both 16GB and 32GB variants, as well as having the option to throw in 3G connectivity if you so wish.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 image leaks
The first glimpse we potentially got of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 came via SamMobile; the site was sent a snap of a Spanish listing for the tablet revealing some specs alongside photos of the front and back of the tablet.
In terms of looks the Galaxy Note 8.0 looks to be an upscaled Galaxy Note 2, instead of a down sized Galaxy Note 10.1.
Interestingly in these sanps the Galaxy Note 8.0 is sporting a physical home button flanked by touch sensitive back and menu keys, as found on the smartphone and it's something which didn't feature in the image above.