Today will go down in history as an important date for Samsung and phablet enthusiasts. The company has just launched its biggest smartphone so far, the monstrous Samsung Galaxy W with a screen measuring 7 inches diagonally. Forget the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Mega. Compared to the Galaxy W, they seem like an ordinary smartphones for ordinary needs. The phablet will go on sale in South Korea later this month for a price of 499,400 won, which is approximately $490.
7-inch Samsung Galaxy W Smartphone
With the Galaxy W Samsung once again redefined the category of phablets. There was a time, though it seems like ages ago, that a 5-inch device was considered huge. Last year Samsung shocked a significant portion of the smartphone market by releasing the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega. Apparently, it wasn’t big enough so today the company lifted the veils off of its first 7-inch smartphone.
Although it has the size of a tablet, the Galaxy W is clearly intended to be used as a regular phone, which Samsung emphasized with a photo of a user holding the device up to his ear. The Galaxy W could be somewhat unwieldy for users with short fingers, not to mention the fact that it does look kind of weird covering half of the user’s face. Of course, with a 7-inch display one-handed usage is out of the question, as the beast of a smartphone measures 191.8 x 99.6 x 8.8 mm, and it weighs 245 grams.
The Galaxy W is not a particularly high-end device. The screen has only HD 1280 x 720 resolution which means that pixel density will be only 210 ppi. The phablet is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor of unknown type and make, though it could be Snapdragon 400. The device has 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal memory with microSD support for storage expansion.
The device is equipped with an 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE-A, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,200 mAh battery. Surprisingly, the Galaxy W will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box and Samsung didn’t disclose whether 4.4 KitKat update will be available in the future. The name itself is pretty puzzling too, as there already was a Galaxy W released by Samsung in 2011. The phablet will be available in three color options – black, white and red.