Did a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note just get benchmarked?

What's rumoured to be a new Galaxy Note has just been benchmarked, and it looks like it has a 7.7-inch screen.

Just when you thought Samsung couldn't launch another size of tablet, along comes news of a 7.7-inch Galaxy Note.

The mystery tablet has been benchmarked over at GLBenchmark. It goes by the product code GT-N5100, and was previously spotted at the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance, a trade body that makes sure products play nice with each other).

So what of the new Note? Well the tablet -- which I'd wager would be called the Galaxy Note 7.7, going on past naming conventions -- has a screen resolution of 1,280x800-pixels. If the screen is indeed 7.7-inches across, that'd give it a pixels per inch count of 196. Which isn't Retina display territory, but isn't too shabby.

Inside is a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, and it'll run Android 4.1.2 , which will be replaced by Android 4.2 when the device launches. Which is good news for fans of Jelly Bean.

I think we can expect an announcement at CES in January, or at the latest, Mobile World Congress at the end of February.

Samsung has launched an all-out assault on the sizes, with devices ranging from the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note up to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1. Many (myself included) thought this would be way too confusing for consumers, but it seems to be working . Of course Samsung is a very well-known brand thanks to its handsets flying off the shelves, which must help drive sales of its tablets. Its Galaxy S3 has shipped  30 million units , after all.

In fact, Samsung recently overtook Nokia to be the world's biggest mobile maker. So it'll be fun to see what it can bring to the table in 2013.

Would you buy a 7.7-inch Galaxy Note? Or has Samsung overdone it on the size front? Will a bigger Note cannibalise sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab? Let me know what you think in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.

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    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.


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