Samsung seems to have a 7-inch device in its pipeline, as some alleged images and expected specifications of such a device have popped-up online.
The alleged 7-inch Samsung device, said to be a part of the Korean tech firm's Galaxy Mega smartphone series, appeared at Tenaa, a Chinese electronics certification website, and was first spotted by Bestmobs website.
The spotted 7-inch device is codenamed Samsung SM-T2558, and is surprisingly said to be a smartphone instead of a tablet. We will treat it as a tablet with voice calling functions however, with smartphone-tablet hybrids or phablets defined by us as those voice-calling devices with a screen size less than 7-inches.
Looking at the history of the Samsung's Galaxy Mega smartphone names, which are based on the screen sizes (such as the Samsung Galaxy 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy 6.3), we can assume that the 7-inch Samsung SM-T2558, if real, will be named Samsung Galaxy 7.0.
The three listed Tenaa images of the SM-T2558 show the front, back and right side of the black-coloured device, with a similar design to what Samsung used on the Galaxy Mega 6.3.
The Tenaa listing of the Samsung SM-T2558 also displays some hardware specifications apart from images, however, the configuration of the yet-to-be-announced device may be altered by the time it gets officially released.
The alleged Samsung Galaxy 7.0 SM-T2558, as per the Tenaa listing, runs on a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. Other specifications include Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS; 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as 8GB of inbuilt storage with support for microSD card expansion. The device is seen in two iterations, based on 3G (TD-SCDMA) and 4G (TD-LTE) connectivity respectively.
There is no word of the Samsung SM-T2558's price, availability or release dates. However, since the voice-calling tablet is seen on a Chinese certification website, it might arrive in the same region. The specifications also seem to be average and not something to flaunt, which we assume will keep the prices within a budget consumer's reach.
Recently, some alleged images showing the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom or Galaxy K Zoom surfaced online. While the first two rendered images show the textured 'band-aid' design of the alleged Galaxy S5 Zoom's rear panel, the other three live images show the rumoured smartphone itself.