A new 7.7-inch tablet from Samsung has been uncovered by benchmark site GLBenchmark under the product code GT-N5100, leading to speculation that a release is imminent.
The mystery device could fill the gap the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1, and judging by previous naming conventions used by Samsung, may well hit the shelves as the Galaxy Note 7.7.
This isn’t the first time the device has been spotted – the same model number previously appeared in a different benchmark test carried out by NenaMark.
Results from the latest test have revealed the device’s 7.7-inch display has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, will boast a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and run Android Jelly Bean (4.2).
While there has been no official word from the South Korean manufacturer confirming the existence of the device, the new Galaxy slate would fill a gap in Samsung’s range, offering consumers a smaller Note device, putting it in direct competition with Apple’s recently launched 7.9-inch iPad Mini.
If rumours prove to be true the 7.7-inch tablet is likely to be unveiled at either CES 2013 in January or at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.
Whatever happens it looks like being be another successful year for Samsung, especially if figures from Korea Times are anything to go by. The numbers reveal the firm is being tipped to shift a total of 510 million mobile phones in 2013, which could well consolidate Samsung’s place as the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer.
Samsung recently overtook Nokia to be the globe’s largest mobile maker with its success fronted by high-margin premium smartphones rather than lower-profit devices that have increasingly dominated Nokia sales in recent years.