Rumored to be the Galaxy Mega 2, the latest phablet from Samsung is proof that size isn’t everything.
Samsung officially announced its much talked about 7-inch monster smartphone in Korea on Monday, dubbed the Galaxy W, as the tech titan continues to dominate the phablet market despite growing competition from rivals like Sony, Huawei, and HTC.
It looks big, but don’t be fooled by its size; the Galaxy W doesn’t offer much in terms of specs despite being labeled as “optimized for viewing multimedia content.”
The device is equipped with a rather lame 1280×720 screen resolution, which is even lower than the screen resolution found on the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 (1280×800), and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 3200mAh battery. Oddly enough the Galaxy W runs Android Jelly Bean out of the box; however there is little doubt that Samsung could have a KitKat update in the works.
Clearly a mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy W features a design nearly identical Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab with a plastic build with the same faux-leather rear cover found on the Galaxy Note 3. There is a 8MP camera with LED flash on the rear and a 2MP camera on the front. Slightly thinner bezels and lighter weight should offer more comfort over the Tab 4 7.0 when holding it against your ear, but with a device this big a Bluetooth earpiece would be a wise investment.
As of now, the Galaxy W is currently only available in South Korea via SK telecom and will come in black, white or red for 499,400 won ($490). It has been rumored that the device could make its way overseas as the Galaxy Mega 2, though highly unlikely considering the specs don’t offer much over the Galaxy Mega 6.3 released in the U.S. last year.