In an era of so called ‘phablets’ and giant smartphones one could wonder how to differentiate those confusing form factors. Samsung pushed the smartphone size boundary last year with their enormous Galaxy Mega which featured a 6.3-inch (16 cm) display, yet the South Korean manufacturer isn’t just going to stop there. The company just announced its 7-inch (17.8 cm) Galaxy W which effectively blurs the line between a phablet and a small tablet.
The 7-inch Galaxy W’s form factor isn’t quite clear but Samsung advertises just like another of their smartphone. At first glance the handset appears like a stretched out Note 3 with apparently the same faux leather but the specs sheet is far from being high-end. The Galaxy W packs a 720p TFT display and measures 191.8 x 99.6 x 8.8 mm and weighs 245g. The internals aren’t quite comparable to the Note 3 or Galaxy S5 but the Galaxy W features a 1.2GHz quad-core SoC (exact model and make no specified) and 1.5GB of RAM backed by a giant 3200mAh battery and full LTE-A support.
There’s also a 8MP back shooter accompanied by a 2MP selfie camera and 16GB of on-board storage expandable to 64GB via MicroSD. The ageing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean runs the show but we expect Samsung to offer a KitKat upgrade in the coming weeks (if not months). It should be noted that this phablet is the second Galaxy W, it was preceded by another device of the same name in 2011.
The Galaxy W will be available to SK Telecom users in Black, White or Red for 499,400 won (~ $490 or £290). There is however no official indication whether the device will make it in other countries.
via Samsung (in Korean)