Samsung taking over the world, and your pocket, with the Galaxy W

Not long ago, cell/mobile phones were getting smaller and smaller. When mobile phones started to become the mainstay of everyone’s pocket, we had the choice between the candy bar, flip, slide and PDA. Nowadays, the flip phone is mocked in memes (although Samsung are attempting to give the design a comeback) and phones that are at least 4.5” in size are the norm.

It’s quite fitting mentioning Samsung, as they are to release the next pocket busting – probably literally if you wear skinny jeans – handset: the Galaxy W.

It’s been rumoured for some time, but SK Telecom in Korea have made the 7” palm dwarfing device yet another tick in the box on Samsung’s quest for world, and pocket, domination. So far, we know the device isn’t as high spec as the latest Galaxy Note 3 or S5 phones, coming in with the following:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 8MP camera
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean

The screen is noted for being HD, so we’ll take a stab in the dark and say it’ll be limited to 720p (calculated guess based on the specs above), and it will be capable of allowing the home screen to display in landscape (take note Windows Phone team). It also appears to have the same stitched faux leather back seen on the Note 3 and S4 Black edition.

At a second glance, this does appear to be the Galaxy Mega 7.0 (first reported here) with a simple name change being applied.

When the device hits the shelves, in Korea only for now, it will be available for 499,400 won (around $490 or £290). Not that expensive at all, but in comparison, you can get the Nokia Lumia 925 for approximately £300, the iPhone 5c for approximately £400 and Galaxy Note 3 for approximately £400.

Source and image: Android Central | Thanks to member Frank B for the tip | Handsets priced from Amazon UK

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Back in the day, I had phones that were too big and heavy to put in your pocket. It was the main reason no one carried one anywhere but their car or gave to their wife or girlfriend to carry (with complaining). As soon as the size shrank just enough to fit in pockets, popularity exploded.

This "feels" like a failure, but maybe the niche has grown?

Didn't they already have a Galaxy W back in 2011? This should be the W2, the way they're naming their smartphones is confusing.

Looks good to me, although I doubt I'll get one as I'm happy enough with my Note3 right now.

Lets not forget that there is a very sizeable portion of the population that rarely uses their phone as a 'phone'. They mostly send SMS/email/other IM, web stuff, and general entertainment. This is an ideal device for that sort of thing. Plug in a set of headphones/mic and you also don't look like a prat using it for calls.

7 inch tablet with phone capabilities and "uninspiring" specs... Why Samsung why?
Who is your target?

Twin-cab pick-up drivers? UK Range Rover owners... Asian owners of LWB cars? There's a vast demographic of those who see size as a virtue over much anything else. I've seen many people using a Note who were hardly large of stature. Big can be beautiful. (Big want for a L1520 still)

True, I myself have a L1520, but anything larger than that is ridiculous! If it was just a tablet, sure, 7" tables are normal, but a phone!?

I wish it fail miserably so we won't see a Galaxy W 2 anytime soon, I mean ffs that is by no means a phone because a phone must be pocket-able and that certainly can never fit in my pocket.

Slugsie said,
Why must a phone be pocketable? Early 'mobile' phones were as big as house bricks - much bigger than this.
To be fair the technology to make them smaller didn't exist then, they were that big because that was as small as the tech at the time allowed. For me personally I think it's important they be "pocketable" because of the convenience factor. I like to have my phone with me at all times and for that to happen it needs to fit in my pocket. I don't particularly like pouches as it's just something else to forget. That is my 2 cents anyway.

It's a small tablet! I don't see the point of such a huge phone to be honest :/ I kinda get the Galaxy Note (although I have no interest in owning a phone that big) but 7"? won't be long till they release a 10" phone, this is just getting ridiculous...

When video calling becomes as common place and every day as normal calls, wont something large like this have a place better than a 4" phone ?

ramesees said,
When video calling becomes as common place and every day as normal calls, wont something large like this have a place better than a 4" phone ?
That will never happen though. Video calling has failed twice now and even Apple with all thier PR might couldn't get people interested enough in it. I mean, sure some people do use it and think it is great but they are a minority. Normal calls are just far more convenient and I think the inconvenience of having to look at your phone to make the call puts alot of people off. Not to mention people tend to be doing more then one thing when calling someone anyway. Video calling definetly has a legitimate use and can be extremely useful, but as a complete replacement for normal calls? Nope, not happening.

I Skype more minutes a month than I do phone calls. How can you say it failed? And it is not just me. I would say 99.9% of the time I have the phone in my hands not at my ear

Xerxes said,

I think the inconvenience of having to look at your phone to make the call puts alot of people off.

Proper voice integration with the phone OS and apps will enable fluid voice dialling.

"Open <insert app here>"
"Call Home | Dave | Mum"

Xerxes said,

Video calling definetly has a legitimate use and can be extremely useful, but as a complete replacement for normal calls? Nope, not happening.

Where did I mention it would completely replace normal phone calls ? I said as common place as normal calls are now - there is plenty of scope to have both functions available. Not all phones are going to be 7 inches or larger and people can still keep their more pocketable sized phones for standard dialling.

amnesiality said,
Stop embarrassing yourself, Samesung.

Sure, thats people said said about the original Note...then they all went out on droves and bought them. Just watch...next thing you know everyone and their grand parents will be calling and taking pictures with their W.

cetla said,

Sure, thats people said said about the original Note...then they all went out on droves and bought them. Just watch...next thing you know everyone and their grand parents will be calling and taking pictures with their W.

The original note, yes it was ridiculous and it is still ridiculous when you see someone with it on the ears but let's be serious this is beyond the point of ridiculous.

nickcruz said,

The original note, yes it was ridiculous and it is still ridiculous when you see someone with it on the ears but let's be serious this is beyond the point of ridiculous.

Still is ridiculous? I'm not so sure. I see people with the note all the time and barely even notice its size. The Galaxy S5 is 5.1 inches (compared to the original note's 5.3 inches) so flagships aren't that far from the size of the original note now. What is normal changes over time. A few years ago people were saying 4" phones were way too big, there are very few people who still hold this view.

That being said, I can't see 7 inch phones catching on from a sheer practicality standpoint. It won't fit in most peoples pockets.

Phone + Tablet devices seem to cause a love it or hate it reaction in people.
There also seems to be enough sales for Samsung to keep making devices like this.