Benchmarks for a mysterious Samsung tablet codenamed the GT-N5100 have surfaced online, sparking speculation that the Korean electronics giant is working on a 7-inch version of the Galaxy Note. The device would fit in nicely between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1, and it would allow Samsung to compete with other tiny tablets like Apple’s iPad mini, Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, and Google’s Nexus 7.
The benchmarks tell us that the device offers a 720p (1280×720) display and that it’s powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with a Mali-400MP GPU. The chipset appears to be identical to that which features in the Galaxy Note II, which means the tablet won’t be without plenty of power. The device is also expected to launch with Android 4.1.2 pre-installed.
Samsung already has a 7-inch tablet, of course — the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 — but Galaxy Note devices are all centered around Samsung’s S-Pen stylus, which the Galaxy Tab doesn’t have. They have a focus on productivity and creativity, and other Galaxy Note devices have proven to be incredibly popular.
While we don’t expect the Galaxy Note 7.0 to appear this side of Christmas, there’s a chance it will be unveiled at CES in January. That is, of course, if those benchmarks are indeed true. It’s possible that they could have been faked, so don’t get your hopes up too much just yet.