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Galaxy Note 8.0 takes on iPad Mini

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Galaxy Note 8.0photo: AFP
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Samsung Electronics is beefing up its tablet range with a competitor to Apple’s iPad Mini that sports a pen for writing on the screen.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will have an 8-inch screen, putting it very close in size to the Apple’s tablet, which launched in November with a 7.9-inch screen.

Samsung will start selling the new tablet in the April to June period, at an as yet undetermined price.

On Samsung’s Note line, the pens can be used to write, highlight and draw. The screens also sense when the mouse hovers over the screen, providing an equivalent to the hovering mouse cursor on the PC. However, few third-party applications have been modified to take full advantage of the pens.AP

Samsung has made the stylus, one of the tools it uses to chip away at Apple’s dominance. Apple doesn’t make any devices that work with styluses, preferring to optimize its interfaces for fingers, mice and touchpads.

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