Over the past month we’ve seen a couple rumors about a forthcoming device from Samsung that can be classified as either a really large smartphone or a small tablet. Both of these rumors focused on a device with a 7-inch screen. One suggested the device will be released in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy W while another rumor indicated Samsung intended to classify the device as a smartphone even though it shared a screen size along the lines of a tablet device. Now some entries from the Zauba import tracking web site indicate Samsung is working on a 6.3-inch device that could possibly be coming to AT&T.
With a 7-inch smart phone/tablet passing through the FCC last week, it was only a matter of time before we saw the release of this monstrosity. Well, it seems that today is the day as the Galaxy W smart tablet (phone?) made its debut in Korea. The Samsung device packs a 720p resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. Given that its running Touchwiz, you’ll probably only see about 9-10GB of that being usable. Luckily though the device packs a microSD card slot. It also has an 8MP rear shooter and a 2MP front camera. It comes with a large 3,200 mAh battery. Instead of Android 4.4 though, it comes with Jelly Bean (4.3).
The device sells for 499,400 KRW — about $487 dollars — in Korea. It’s available in white, black or red. There’s no word on whether or not it’ll make its way to the US. Does a 7-inch smartphone entice any of you out there?
Although most device manufacturers would classify a device with a 7-inch screen as a tablet, Samsung appears to be intent on introducing a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 (or possibly Galaxy Mega 7.0 or Galaxy W) that will be considered a smartphone. The device was just recently cleared by the FCC, so it looks like it is definitely heading to the U.S. market.
Earlier in the month, there was a leak that suggested that Samsung was toying with a smartphone that had a 7-inch screen. It was rumored to be the Galaxy Mega 2 in some areas, while other rumors have the device pegged as something new with a Galaxy W moniker. Coming with a model name SM-T2558, the device is pegged as being a tablet, but rather than looking like Samsung’s current line of tablets, the device looks to be a much larger smartphone. However, the T in the model name is usually pegged for tablets.
The device will have a 720p display with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, an 8MP camera in the back, a 2MP camera in the front, 8GB of internal memory that’s expandable with a microSD slot, and Android 4.3 onboard. Given that it’s passed through the FCC halls, it’s only a matter of time before we see what exactly this device is. Whether it’s a phone, a tablet or a combination of both, has yet to be determined.
A 7-inch variant of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 could be launched in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy W. Previous information about Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy Mega had put the screen size at only about 6 inches, slightly smaller than the current version, but still a large device, especially for one intended to serve as a phone. In addition to the 7-inch screen, the Galaxy W appears to come equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, possibly a Snapdragon 400, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal store with a microSD slot, and an 8 MP rear-facing camera.
The new name for the device was discovered on a product brochure leaked by a South Korean source. According to the information on the flyer, the Galaxy W will be getting a “Phoneblet UX.” With split-screen functions and landscape mode, it sounds like this is similar to other current Samsung devices outside of the attempt to coin a new term for a large-scale smartphone that pushes into tablet territory based on size. The device also appears to come with Samsung’s faux leather back similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It is believed this device will only be available in South Korea via SK Telecom.
Having a hard time keeping up with Samsung’s alphabet phone line? You might want to hit up our post here where Sammy was generous enough to provide us with its official naming convention for these devices. And as expected, in recent news, the popular British carrier Three has recently announced its availability of the Samsung Galaxy W which tailors to folks looking for a “high-tier” yet powerful smartphone. The device boasts a 1.4 GHz single core CPU and a 3.7-inch Super LCD display for starters. In addition, the handset will sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread right out of the box and be accompanied by Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 UX overlay. You can nab the device on Three’s network for free with a 24-month contract at roughly £22/mo or utilize the carriers Pay As You Go option at £249.99 (~£400) paid initially up front.
Over the weekend we told you that T-Mobile had some devices for a super mega lauch day on November 2nd. Now we have a lot more insight due to a leaked roadmap, plus we have another release the week after.
- Samsung Robin: This is probably the Galaxy Tab Plus which is the replacement for the Galaxy Tab. Pricing will be $299 on contract.
One item to note is they have the dates for the HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II wrong. We are not sure what the reason is, but the rest of the dates appear to be correct. The Amaze 4G and Galaxy S II will both launch on 10/12/11 which was previously announced.
A recent photo of the new Samsung T679 surfaced while passing through certification from the FCC. As we reported last month, Samsung has developed a new naming system based on letters that assign classification to their respective device. Although T679 won’t be the official street name for the phone, (we don’t really know the name yet for sure), the footprint looks exactly like the Galaxy W we showed you a couple weeks ago. It is also said that two new Galaxy phones are to be heading to T-Mobile, one known being the Galaxy S II, therefore making this theory more probable. If this is truly to be the case, the T679 will rock a 1.4 GHz single core processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and have an internal memory of 4 GB that can be increased to 32 GB using a micro SD card. Although not a 4G device, Samsung believes this to be a “high tier” phone.
Any of you wanting to choose the “W” over the “S”? Leave us your comments below.
Samsung introduced the Galaxy W as part of their new naming scheme last month. The “W’ stands for Wonder which represents high quality, and is perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance. We already know it will be available on the Three network in the UK, and it looks like O2 will be carrying it was well.
O2 has the Galaxy W listed as “Coming Soon: September.” on their website. The Galaxy W will have a 1.4GHz single-core CPU, 3.7-inch SLCD display, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.3, and TouchWiz 4.0.
We expect availability to be towards the end of the month.
We have already heard about the Samsung Galaxy W, but we had no idea there would be a white version. The Galaxy W has a 3.7-inch (800 x 480) screen, 1.4GHz processor, 5MP camera, and 14 Mbps HSDPA. We expect to hear more at the IFA in Berlin next week so stay tuned.