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The Galaxy W comes with a 7" display, but it's still only 720p

Is it a smartphone or is it a tablet? If you want to call it a smartphone, then the Galaxy W is quite massive. Looking like a supersized Galaxy S5, the Galaxy W comes equipped with a 7” display (720p).
 
And while the screen size is definitely outlandish, don’t expect to see the same when it comes to the Galaxy W’s other hardware specs. The smartphone is saddled with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (paired with 1.5GB of RAM), 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 3200 mAh battery.

 
Even the operating system is outdated, as the Galaxy W ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Samsung says that the 8.7-ounce Galaxy W, however, will support such tablet-esque features like landscape mode, multi-window, split-screen, and pop-up play.
 
The Galaxy W will be available in white, black, and red, and features a “premium leather textured design” on the back with stitching similar to the Galaxy Note 3. The smartphone will launch this month in South Korea with a price tag of around $500.

Sources: Samsung, Android Central



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Why Not a 10 inch? Or 12 inch?
By Arsynic on 6/2/2014 9:56:26 AM , Rating: 3
This is officially getting out of hand. They're running out of ideas.

Why not just have a tablet with an LTE chip and a bluetooth headset that can function as a full telephone.




By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/2/2014 10:00:42 AM , Rating: 4
I think that bluetooth earpieces have been banished from American society ;)

Around here, they're called Bluedouche.


RE: Why Not a 10 inch? Or 12 inch?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/2014 10:06:38 AM , Rating: 4
You don't have to buy it. I don't see why some people object to variety.

Samsung isn't Apple, they don't tell people what they want/need. If there's a market for this, people are free to buy it.

You probably said the same thing about the Note line, which sold beyond anyone's wildest expectations and silenced the critics.

Throw ideas on a wall and see what sticks, the shotgun approach, whatever you call it - it's working better than the one-size-fits-all approach.


By someguy123 on 6/2/2014 10:20:10 AM , Rating: 3
I've got to agree. Apple's popularity in general just proves consumers will pay almost anything for a status symbol, and a gigantic brick of a phone fits that bill. All it needs is a good marketing campaign. Samsung was right on the money when they hired lebron for the note commercials.


RE: Why Not a 10 inch? Or 12 inch?
By xti on 6/2/2014 12:19:15 PM , Rating: 2
personally, i have a note3 and its a great phone. This and the Mega are beginning to dilute the brand as both of those are just....questionable.

Well samsung and at&t are ruining it with their bloat software, but thats a different discussion.


By Johnmcl7 on 6/2/2014 5:35:06 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say so, the Mega was released alongside the Note 2 not the Note 3 so there was a good sized gap between the Note 2 (5.5in) and the Mega (6.3in) and it's not like Samsung don't have a large variety of devices already. Also the very different specification of the Note and Mega series splits them as well, the Notes get the top end hardware plus the S-pen whereas the Mega has fairly budget hardware (8GB memory, Snapdragon 400 SoC, 720p display etc.)

I was disappointed the Mega didn't have better hardware particularly given the price which wasn't that cheap so I ended up with a Sony Z Ultra instead when upgrading from a Note 1. I've been hoping Samsung would make a higher powered large phone above the Note as I think there's more interest amongst enthusiasts for that form factor than budget buyers but looks like it's not happening yet.


By Aloonatic on 6/4/2014 2:55:48 AM , Rating: 2
Well, it's just common (business) sense to release a cheaper version of a successful product. You see it all the time with other form-factors.

On the too big to use as a phone front, I hold my phone to my ear less and less when I call anyone these days. At least half of the time I'm either connected to my car via Bluetooth or its in my pocket and I'm using the supplied headphones. Now, I'd need a big pocket, I grant you, but when my phones screen broke recently I managed to survive using my 7" Asus MemoPad to listen to music on the move.

Anyway, this won'r be for everyone, but why should that stop it from being released?


By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 10:19:19 AM , Rating: 2
"Why not just have a tablet with an LTE chip and a bluetooth headset that can function as a full telephone."

Isn't that pretty much what this is? You don't have to buy it, I certainly wont either... To me, the Sambloat and low res are the worst 2 things about it. Size is just a preference.


RE: Why Not a 10 inch? Or 12 inch?
By BRB29 on 6/2/2014 12:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is officially getting out of hand


But look at how much swag that guy got with a giant rectangle on his face.


RE: Why Not a 10 inch? Or 12 inch?
By superflex on 6/2/2014 12:31:57 PM , Rating: 2
Who says Asians have small hands.


RE: Why Not a 10 inch? Or 12 inch?
By Alexvrb on 6/3/2014 12:08:42 AM , Rating: 3
I don't know man, I can grip my phone in landscape and it looks about the same as him gripping the bottom in portrait. Plus it's as big as his head. He's going to need a smaller device to use for one-handed calls, texting, etc. Maybe it can dock with the phablet... they could call it the Samsung Galaxy Mothership with companion Galaxy Interceptor.


By retrospooty on 6/3/2014 11:02:58 AM , Rating: 2
"I can grip my phone in landscape and it looks about the same as him gripping the bottom in portrait. Plus it's as big as his head. He's going to need a smaller device to use for one-handed calls, texting, etc. "

Not that I want one this big, or low ended, but for alot of people, phone calls are the last thing they care about. I am glad my smartphone has a phone in it in case of emergency but I almost never use it. When I do it's usually in my car on bluetooth. One month a few months back my minutes used was literally 1, and that was a wrong # that dialed me. I care first and foremost about the screen. It is the part you look at and interface with 100% of the time.

"one handed use" is another thing some people dont care about. Clearly this is for people that want a large screen lower priced device. It's not made for everyone. That is why phone makers make a variety of products.

Just buy what suits your needs and dont worry about what other people use it for or how big their hands might be. It's not relevant.


By w8gaming on 6/2/2014 10:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
They are already available. Haven't actually seen anyone using them as a phone though.


By NellyFromMA on 6/3/2014 1:21:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think its especially funny that the last pic of the guy on the right talking on the phone clearly shows the phone is bigger than his head.


RE: Why Not a 10 inch? Or 12 inch?
By Flunk on 6/16/2014 11:55:57 AM , Rating: 2
People are buying them, they'll make whatever sells. As long as I can still get a phone that fits in my pocket I don't care, why does it matter what other people buy?

I personally think most of the bigger ones get put in a bag most of the time. For example, a lot of women's clothing doesn't have practical pockets so it's not a big difference to carry a 5" or 7" phone in a purse.

I don't think smaller phones are an endangered species. Look at the sales numbers.


By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 8:42:12 AM , Rating: 2
I had always heard good things about Meego but never saw it in action. Samsung built on top of Meego to make Tizen.

The only questions will be will they bloat it to death like they do with their android phones and when will it be ready for high end phones. The fact they are releasing on a mid range phone, says its quite a long way off from being ready for prime time on a high end phone.




By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 8:43:58 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, wrong tab. That was mean for the Tizen article.

As for this thing... Meh. Too low res and too Sambloaty.


ZM
By ipay on 6/2/2014 10:09:54 AM , Rating: 2
Zach Morris had a smaller phone than this.




RE: ZM
By jesse-pink on 6/3/2014 3:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
very big phone, the next Samsung galaxy note 4 will probably have 6" at least

http://galaxynote-4.com/


Why is this news?
By w8gaming on 6/2/2014 10:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung has been making large size tablet+phone since the original Galaxy Tab 7. Why is this even news? This is essentially a Galaxy Tab 3 7" with lighter weight. Not sure why they are selling it at $500, maybe it comes with way better camera or AMOLED display.




Ford Excursion of Phones
By KPOM1 on 6/2/2014 10:18:05 AM , Rating: 3
This reminds me of the SUV craze of the 1990s. The big manufacturers just got into a "bigger is better" contest. Things went over the top when Ford released the Excursion, which was 227 inches long and weighed 7725 pounds. Fortunately, it was short lived and marked the peak of the SUV excess.




No longer a phone
By piroroadkill on 6/2/2014 10:53:32 AM , Rating: 2
I thought 7" was pretty much the accepted cut off point where it is a tablet. This is just a 7" tablet.




Back to flip phones
By VoodooChicken on 6/3/2014 11:04:03 AM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for something similar to the Backflip where the phone can fold to fit in pockets, but opens to join two screens together "seemlessly" (that's where it gets difficult to actually create). But at the same time, I know most people don't want to carry around the weight of 2+ phones either.




Big Phones
By rickeymoose on 6/5/2014 12:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
Still rather have a Nokia 8210 ;-)




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