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Samsung may be prepping 5.3" tablet/phone hybrid

It didn't work for Dell, but if it's true Samsung may be in with a chance

By MARK JONES

Published: 18 July, 2011

READ MORE: US | Samsung | Handset | Tablet | Android

Samsung has already delivered a 7" tablet, 10.1" tablet and will be releasing an 8.9" tablet later this year but according to a source over at Yahoo News Korea the company is planning to reveal a 5.3" in September. It is currently known as the Galaxy Q and will be more of a tablet/smartphone hybrid rather than just a tablet.

Little is currently known about what the internal specs of the device will be but it is safe to assume it will feature a dual-core processor like Samsung's other high-end smartphones and tablets. Given its smaller form factor it may not feature the choice of internal storage offered by the Galaxy Tablets though.

It's not even clear whether the Galaxy Q will support voice calls yet and may be data-only like the North American version of the 7" Galaxy Tab, in Europe the original Galaxy Tab did support voice calls. The source suggests that the phone will offer support for either 3G or 4G LTE connectivity which means it's likely to be released with either Verizon or AT&T when it hits the US. What version of Android it will be running and what kind of screen it will feature are also a mystery but there's a good chance it will come with Android 4.0 installed and a Super AMOLED Plus display like the Samsung Galaxy II.

There are a few smartphones available with screens which push the maximum display size of a smartphone but the most notable 5" tablet, the Dell Streak, didn't prove a huge success. However with Sony set to release a dual-screen 5.5" device later this year it's not hard to imagine Samsung would want to cover its bases making sure it's got a device to compete with every size of smartphone and tablet on the market.

It is expected that Samsung will be showing off the device at the International Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin this September.

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