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“Galaxy Memo” renders surface. Real or not?

Two images of an alleged new device from Samsung, the Galaxy Memo, surfaced online. The specs paint the picture of a high-end Note variant with a 4.5-inch display. But is the Memo real?
June 28, 2013
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It must be a good day for the folks over at Sam Mobile, who just made available a fully functional version of the yet to be announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S4. Here’s another alleged leak that supposedly landed in their inbox.

The two renders you can see below are supposed to represent a new device from Samsung, dubbed Galaxy Memo. According to Sam Mobile, the renders were tipped along with a set of specifications by an anonymous person. The site warns that this is the first time that respective source sends a tip – in other words, there’s no guarantee this isn’t a hoax or fan concept.

Samsung Galaxy Memo leak (1)
Samsung Galaxy Memo leak (1)

The alleged specifications of this Memo device include a 4.5-inch Full HD LCD display, which would translate to a 489 ppi pixel density, higher even than that of the HTCOne, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera.

Looking at the images, the device looks like a shorter, fatter version of the Galaxy S4, with an S Pen not very convincingly photoshopped on top. Moreover, the specifications are a bit puzzling – why would Samsung shrink the Note range to 4.5-inch? Why would Samsung introduce a new stylus-wielding device with a different name? Why would it offer an S Pen for a relatively small device? That display format? Nobody wants it, it’s dead and buried alongside the LG Optimus Vu.

While this Galaxy Memo might be real, we prefer to err on the side of caution and file this “leak” in the Fakes folder, at least for now. What do you think? Real or not?