Samsung announces the unusually large Galaxy W phablet

BY Valerie Richardson

Published 2 Jun 2014

Samsung Galaxy W

Samsung is known to stretch the definition of big with its smartphones and phablets. Its marketing has been so effective that even the biggest of the devices (such as the Galaxy Mega 6.3) have seen a widespread success in global markets. The company’s latest offering however, takes it a bit too far. Known as the Galaxy W, this phablet (or tabphone) packs a 7 inch display and is supposed to act as a standalone smartphone, complete with an earpiece grille and everything. But phones of this size are not new for Samsung — a couple of Galaxy Tab iterations have previously been launched with an earpiece grille.

Understandably, the Galaxy W will be available in limited markets at launch, currently only in South Korea. But since it’s a midrange device, we can expect it to land in other markets as well. The device packs a 720p display, a 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with microSD support, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 3,200 mAh battery.

It’s a little surprising that Samsung decided to stick with Android 4.3 while KitKat has been out for over six months now. So we’re guessing this device has long been in the pipeline with the company deciding to make it official now. The hardware doesn’t necessarily restrict the phablet from getting Android 4.4 in the future, so there’s no need for concern yet.

Korean customers can buy the Galaxy W for 499,400 Korean Won ($488), suggesting that it won’t go heavy on their wallets. For the time being, we see this device remaining an exclusive to the region, but Samsung might expand to neighboring regions subsequently.

[Via Engadget]