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Samsung prepping 7-inch Galaxy Note to challenge iPad mini?

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Samsung prepping 7-inch Galaxy Note to challenge iPad mini?

Not content with its success with the five-inch Galaxy Note range, Samsung is now reportedly working on a seven-inch Note to take on rivals in the nascent market for mid-sized slates.

The eagle-eyed types at Android Slash (subsequently SamMobile) have uncovered a DLNA certification for a hitherto unknown Samsung device with the model name GT-N5100. They are claiming this is most likely a tablet boasting a screen size between seven and 8.9 inches to bridge the gap between the five-inch Galaxy Note and the 10-inch Galaxy Note.

While this is pure conjecture at this point, a seven-inch Note makes a lot of sense given the increasing demand for affordable and portable tablets, which has so far been spearheaded by the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

With Apple announcing the iPad mini last week, the ball’s in Sammy’s court to respond with a rival device. Instead of another addition to its Tab line, though, a Galaxy Note with stylus support is more likely as it would give the device a USP over the competition, not to mention the benefit it would accrue from brand recognition.

Assuming such a device really exists, Samsung could potentially unveil it at Mobile World Congress in February, or at one of its Unpacked event. For now, we can only wait and see.

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