Samsung has always taken a shotgun approach to Android phones and tablets. The company offers phones, portable media players, and tablets in a range of sizes — sometimes with devices that are barely distinguishable from one another (Do we really need tablets with 7, 7.7, 8.9, and 10.1 inch screens?)
But so far the company has only offered two versions of the Galaxy Note at a time: A large phone-sized model with a 5+ inch screen and a 10.1 inch model. Now it looks like the company could be preparing a 7 inch model as well… or at least some sort of new model.
Update: How about an 8 inch model?
The Samsung Galaxy Note is distinguished by the “S Pen” stylus that comes with it. Both the phone and tablet models include these pressure-sensitive pens which you can use to write or draw on the screen, as well as apps for drawing, taking notes, and doing more.
Each Galaxy Note released to date has had a model number of GT-Nxxx, so when a GT-N5100 device popped up at the DLNA testing site last month, the folks at SamMobile took notice.
Now SamMobile has spotted some more info about the device — this time at the GLBenchmark site.
While there’s no mention of screen size, the benchmark info shows a device running Android 4.1.2 with a 1.6 GHz processor (likely a Samsung Exynos 4412) and a 1280 x 800 pixel display.
Since 7 inch tablets are all the rage these days… and since Samsung doesn’t currently have a 7 inch Note, it seems like an obvious hole in the lineup for the company to fill.
On the other hand, for all we know this could be a model with a 4 inch or 13 inch screen.
The WXGA (1280×800 pixel) resolution indicates to me that they might use the Tab 7.7’s AMOLED display, which would be awesome. I have a Tab 7.7 Wifi, and I love it.
This is exactly what I’m looking for. I have the original Galaxy Tab, and next year I may get a new model. For now, the 7″ Google Nexus is the best Android tablet on the market, but if Samsung releases a Google Note with JellyBean or Key Lime Pie, at a reasonable price ($250 for a wi-fi model, with front & back cameras), then this will be the one to beat!
If they make a 7″ Note, I’ll be buying it.
The thing that prevents me from getting the Nexus 7 is the lack of camera. I need a rear facing camera that is at least 5mp to take pictures of documents in order to have a high enough detail to convert them to a OCR PDF. The only 7″ android tablet that had a 5mp camera was the HTC Flyer. The 3mp shooter on the Tab’s is worse the useless. I’d rather have no camera at all then a crappy camera. I’m about to pull the trigger on a iPad mini….but I already have a 64 GB AT&T iPad 3 with unlimited data that I do not want to give up….and I know I’m going to want data….dang it!
There is not one 7 inch Tablet in the market with the right Form factor.
That is with a bezel thin as the Galaxy Note in portrait mode.
Even at the cost of a few millimeters in thickness it would suite all of us who don’t
have gorilla paws and I am sure of a huge success.
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