Samsung Testing Galaxy Note 7-Inch Tablet?

By Anu Passary | Dec 06, 2012 01:08 PM EST

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Samsung is riding high with its line-up of Galaxy devices doing well in the consumer market. Now, a new benchmark from NenaMark has popped up and indicates that the South Korean company is testing a mysterious device dubbed the "GT-N5100."

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Samsung's alleged "GT-N5100" is speculated to be a new 7-inch tablet offering from the company, and the "GT-N" code seems to suggest that it could be a Galaxy Note device. Samsung has previously used "GT-N" model name for its Note-branded products (the company's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet uses the GT-N8013 model number).

"A new NenaMark benchmark result shows information about one Samsung GT-N5100, a 7 inch tablet that would definitely appear to be a Note device," reported Phandroid.

"This is not the first time that we are dealing with the mysterious Samsung GT-N5100 , which we have repeatedly associated with the signing of a Galaxy Note 7 . The Samsung tablet has received WiFi certification in September, and in the past two months, there were some details of its technical configuration with the online publication of a photograph taken by his cameraand WAP XML file discovered on the official website of ' Korean company," noted NOTEBOOK Italia (translated).

The NenaMark benchmark result indicates that the "GT-N5100" tablet will feature a 1280 x 720 pixels display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with an ARM Mali-400 GPU, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The chipset seems to be similar to the one featured on the Galaxy Note 2 phablet, indicating that the purported tablet will have powerful internals.

The tablet is also expected to come with the S Pen stylus, in keeping with the USP of Galaxy Note devices. Packing in the S Pen functionality in a 7-inch tablet would be a smart business move from Samsung as it would give the company an edge over rivals in the 7-inch tablet domain.

The 7-inch form factor is quite popular with consumers owing to easy portability, with many seeing it as the perfect size for reading books. If the 7-inch Galaxy Note tablet bears fruition, consumers would soon be able to take notes as well.

Currently, Samsung offers the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note 2 phablets, and Galaxy Note 10.1 (tablet) with S Pen functionality. The Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5-inch screen and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet a 10.1-inch display, which basically throws open a size gap between the two devices, which makes it possible that Samsung could be working on filling this gap. Samsung has 7-inch tablet offerings in the market; however, they do not have S Pen support.

Reports suggest that Samsung would likely unveil the fabled Galaxy Note 7 tablet at either the CES event in Jan. 2013 or at MWC 2013.

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