Is Samsung’s Galaxy Hit Their First Padfone Device?

| December 28, 2013 | 2 Replies

Samsung SM-G900F 4

Samsung loves to try new devices, and one area they have not yet ventured into is the Padfone device – a combination Smartphone and Tablet, much like the ASUS Padfone, and ASUS has also released a Padfone Mini. However, if the newest leaks and rumors are true, it looks like Samsung is well on their way to coming out with their first such device, the SM-G900, or Galaxy Hit.

We saw some interesting Benchmarks performed – there was a model SM-G900F on the AnTuTu Benchmark site showing a resolution of 1920 X 1080, while an SM-G900S in the GFX Benchmark test had a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution screen. And as is with the ASUS, the higher resolution would be the Tablet and the lower resolution is the Smartphone device.

Another reason that lends credence to this rumor is that Samsung applied for a patent for the Galaxy Hit, showing it to be a Padfone shaped device and its listing is for, “Digital cameras; Smartphones; Table computer.” This combination is a sure giveaway that Samsung is working on this device – if it were any other manufacturer, one might think they were simply doing some testing, but with Samsung, it is more likely that they intend on releasing such a Padfone to add to their Phablet design that took off.

Samsung SM-G900F 3

It could be that the two Benchmarks are from some completely different devices, such as a Galaxy S5 in the old polycarbonate shell and maybe a “Pro” version in metal or they could even be an international and regional version, but with the patent filing and its listing as both a Smartphone and a Tablet computer, it does look very good that it is a Padfone from Samsung called the Galaxy Hit.

I am not a fan of this type of design and cannot see Samsung selling many of this type of device, but Samsung seems to want to be all things to all people – possibly this device will only see limited distribution, as often times Korea and the Asian countries are treated to exclusive distribution. Hopefully, Samsung will make this all clear to us at CES 2014.

Let us know on our Google+ Page if you would be interested in owning a Samsung Hit, or Padfone. Does the device make sense to you or would you rather have two separate devices – a smartphone and a tablet.

Category: Android News, Android Phone News, Android Tablet News

About Cory McNutt ()

I am Pittsburgh born and raised except for a 21-year detour through the VA/DC area. I have loved technology and gadgets my entire life, especially mobile devices. I have loved all things Android since I purchased my Motorola Bionic on the day it was release. I now sport a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that you would have to pry out of my cold, dead hands! I love the excitement each day of what new Android devices will be released, and then I get write about those devices…does life get any better?
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  • eszklar

    “I am not a fan of this type of design and cannot see Samsung selling many of this type of device..” – this was said for the very first Samsung Galaxy Note phone and looked at how well the Note series had ended up. Frankly, ASUS lost the potential to legitimize the ASUS Padfone form factor by not making enough units and collectively making it too expensive. I would love to run an ASUS Padfone with Android or Ubuntu Touch but will not spend $1000 for the phone+tablet+dock combination. $700 max for the whole thing. So if Samsung can bring this form-factor to the mainstream more power to them. They have the production means and economies-of-scale to do so. Running Android/Tizen/Ubuntu Touch/WindowsPhone/Windows/whatever. Offer a 7″ or 8″ tablet sleeve and another 10″-13″ sleeve but with your phone being able to slot into either tablet sleeve. And a Docking Keyboard with extra battery and ports. And keep the overall weight of the phone/tablet unit very light.

    Samsung could crush this market – maybe biting into their own Tab/Note tablet lineup while doing so.