It’s awfully difficult to get excited by any Android tablet other than the almost confirmed Google-Samsung Nexus 10, but how about a new 7-incher to take on the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire(s) and iPad mini?

And no, this won’t be just another 7-inch tab, but a scaled down version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1. Now I know that the 10-inch GNote has only been received with mild enthusiasm, but we know Sammy is capable of getting there. What do you mean where? Where it has taken its smartphones and “phablets”, of course.

The GT-N5100 is the codename of the tablet believed to be the 7-inch Galaxy Note and that has been spotted already getting Wi-Fi and DLNA certifications. The disclosed approval docs don’t list the size of the gadget’s screen, but all rumors point towards that being less than 9”.

It remains to be seen if the display will measure 7 or 7.7-inches in diagonal (we’re betting 7), but what looks clear is that the panel will be HD and that under the hood there’ll be a quad-core 1.6 GHz Exynos 4412 processor ticking.

That’s the exact same CPU powering the rather expensive 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2, so chances are Samsung won’t be able to keep the price of the 7-incher as low as Google and Amazon. In that case, the iPad mini should be the only real competitor for the tab, so expect another high stakes Samsung vs Apple war.

No other specs or features are known at the moment, but the tablet has appeared in DLNA certification documents with two identities, under the GT-N5100 and GT-N5110 codenames. That means there’ll be at least two different models released, probably one with both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options.

Who’s up for a “creative” 7-inch Galaxy Note with quad-core oomph and S Pen support? What would be the ideal price of such a device? How about timing, when should Samsung release the tablet? Before holidays, after, next spring?

  • I can’t be the only one who kind of wishes that instead of a scaled down Note 10 that this was a scaled up Note 2 (a 7″ 1080p phone was bound to happen sooner or later at this rate, why not sooner?)

  • Quryous

    Actually, I’d rather an 11 to 13″ Galaxy Note Tablet over a 7″ version. I’d jump all over it.

  • Jyve

    JUST got a NoteII. First Android tablet was a Galaxy Tab 7. A TabNote with bluetooth and real (not hacked) phone capability? I’d have been very interested, if I’d not JUST got the NoteII. Was always luggable, bluetooth would have been viable, and I just like that formfactor. I’d not even have minded having to hold it up to my ear now and then if I couldn’t have found the bluetooth set.

  • I’m searching for a solution to the phone + tablet issue and I assume others are too. If Samsung puts out a 7″ device with phone calling capability I’d snap it up.. A 7″ phablet paired with a bluetooth headset would obviate the need for a smartphone. The aforementioned setup is much more discrete than tablet in one hand and smartphone in the other. Right now I rock an OG droid and a Nexus 7. I’d like to consolidate my device lugging.

    • CyberAngel

      too awesome!

  • renegadeXC

    Exynos 5 + 7.7″ FHD SAMOLED + S-pen = SOLD!!! Though I’d still find and HD display perfectly acceptable.

  • i would like to see a bigger, and not a smaller gn 10.1

  • Gaugerer

    If it is a 7 or 7.7 inch Note with full HD (1080p) and 3g then I’d definitely get one for none mobile use and keep my Note one for mobile use.

  • maruichan

    Oh noooo… I may be upgrading to this. :) I’m using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0