Rumored Samsung Galaxy Q to Be a Bit of Smartphone, a Bit of Tablet

August 2, 2011
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What do you think of a tablet the size of a smartphone? Or of a smartphone the size of a tablet? Dell took a jab at such a device with the Dell Streak 5, a tablet with a 5-inch screen, but it did not really take off as people expected it to. Samsung, it seems, is going to take its chance on a hybrid tabphone (or smartlet, or maybe phoneblet) with the rumored 5.3-inch device said to be codenamed the Samsung Galaxy Q.

If the said rumor is true, Samsung Galaxy Q will effectively fill the wide gap between its Samsung Infuse 4G (a 4.5-inch smartphone, the biggest in the Samsung line) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab (a 7-inch tablet, the smallest in the Samsung line). In effect, the Samsung Galaxy Q will be an intermediate device for those who still have to cross over from smartphone to tablet.

Samsung will reportedly debut this upcoming tabphone at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin this coming September.

The Samsung Galaxy Q’s screen is also rumored to continue the Super AMOLED Plus lineage of devices from the Korean manufacturer. Very little info about the specs have been thrown around for now, but rumors say the Galaxy Q will carry Samsung’s own Exynos processor, as well as GPS functionality, and 3G connectivity (with option for LTE).

Tablets are generally pricey, but if the Samsung Galaxy Q comes at a price lower than most tablet prices today, then Samsung just may have a chance at a market where Dell didn’t seem to succeed in.

Some folks, however, have frowned upon the device’s massive screen size of 5.3 inches. Their chief complaint seems to come from the intended use of the device as a smartphone, which they presumably want to carry around with them inside their pockets. Admittedly, a 5.3-incher can show a big bulge in one’s pants, especially skinny jeans.

Others have expressed skepticism about a smartphone/tablet of such rumored size. They say it’s too big for a smartphone, yet too small for a tablet. Admittedly, the Samsung Galaxy Q’s size is unusual, and it may take some getting used to before people feel comfortable about it. However, the Samsung Galaxy Q’s size may have a stronger appeal among those who think that the current standard tablet sizes are too big.

The Samsung Galaxy Q could also potentially have Android 3.x Honeycomb as its operating system (or, the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread), but with a rumored debut date slated for September–and with devices generally reaching the market 3 months after debut on the average–the Galaxy Q might as well carry Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

As of now, all these remain in the realm of rumor. But, just in case the rumors turn out to be true, what do you think about a 5.3-inch Android device? Should it be properly called a tablet? Or a smartphone? And, would such a device attract your interest?

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