Galaxy W

The much rumored 7-incher from Samsung is real and it just got an official announcement for SK Telecom over in Korea. While big on size the Galaxy W isn't so big on specs with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, a 3500mAh battery, 16GB onboard storage an 8MP camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Despite Samsung's recent launches coming with Android 4.4 KitKat, the Galaxy W for some reason takes a step back in time.

The larger screen – which is pegged at HD, so 720p we're guessing – brings about some more tablet-esque features such as a landscape capable home screen. The Galaxy W also has the same stitched, faux leather back we've seen previously on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Black Edition.

Right now it looks as though the Galaxy W is a Korea only affair. What is notable about the design is that despite its gargantuan size it still looks like a smartphone. Compare this then to something like ASUS' Fonepad – a similiarly sized phone/tablet crossover – which certainly looks more like a tablet.

It'll cost 499,400 won in Korea which equates to around $490. So, not the most expensive device in the world, but certainly one with a niche audience.

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Samsung's enormous Galaxy W is official with a 7-inch display

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Too big for my taste.
Same thing can be said for anything bigger than a Note 3.

Also, where's our new Touchwiz update for the S4 and Note 3? I wanna see Ultra Power Saving Mode on those devices. HTC could do it, so there's no excuse why a bigger company couldn't.
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At least they're finding a good use for all the older parts they have lying around.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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I Think HTC One Max is okay even LG's G Flex is comfortable enough anything over those two devices are ridiculous

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Samsung going overboard with the number of devices they are making ONCE AGAIN. Each device looks no different from the other and this device has really poor specs for the price. Come on, Android 4.3 (probably the worst update in recent Android history imho) seriously? Even the Moto E shipped with KitKat. Samsung really needs to stop flooding the markets with the same looking devices and using a different letter for each Galaxy. This is coming from a Samsung user FYI, not a hater.
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I think this one is not going to be released world wide. I do like how Samsung has a lot of handsets though...it gives you a lot options at a lot of different price ranges which is nice because not everyone can afford an iPhone or a high end galaxy.

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The girl took a front facing picture of the group, and is pointing out at how ridiculous the guy looks with that tablet near his face.

Samsung will convince everyone that is a phone and its normal to make phone call with it. They'll make a larger version of it next

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No kidding. Horrible marketing picture to show someone having it to their ear. Is it meant to be used like that, sure, but don't show a potential customer how ridiculous they will look with it up to their ear. Some things are better off undiscovered until it is bought.

It's all a matter of perception. There were people who felt awkward about putting the original iPhone up to their ear in 2007 because it was "so big." Ditto obviously the Note series. Some people are just more self-conscious than others. Me, I could give a flying rat's petootie what people think of whatever I happen to be holding up to my ear.

Really? No snark intended but is this anecdotal? Because I've never heard anyone say that or read that before in all my time online. The original iPhone was the same size or smaller than many smart phones of the time and is actually smaller (shorter) than an open flip/clamshell phone. It was same height as many candy bar phones only slightly wider. I have never heard of anyone complaining that it was too big when put up against the ear.

I was thinking the same, but I've noticed a lot of people like to twist history in order to fit their point. The iPhone was high fashion and trendy on release. His example of the note series was more on par.

yes remember that back then the trend was to get the smallest phone possible. cell phones had gotten to a point where they were too small imo. then came the touch screens and the trend became to go bigger. 7" phone might be too big, but I definitely want to try it out before I judge it

That's probably why it's only gonna be released only in Korea. It does look funny bringing it up to your ear to make a call hehe...even I think it's a little too much and I have a note 3.. And who the heck ever thought original iPhone was too big? That thing was amazing, granted things have changed over the years when it comes to screen sizes but we gotta put the iPhone up there with the coolest things ever.

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The W stands for "Why?" Which is the #1 thing people say when they gaze. Upon this device.

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When I showed him the picture my son said "Whoa", so maybe that's what it stands for.

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Oh Christ no, please no! Dont tell me they actually did that shit! Next, a 10 inch fridge "phone" is coming....

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Looks like back in the day where some people using big bulky cellphone, not it's thinner big phone. Hahahah... as long as they won't mistakenly pick up a book LOL

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This is great for older folks who need a big screen. Other than that I don't know.

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Gotta love Samsung's throw everything at the wall and hope it sticks marketing strategy:)

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I don't get this! Why does it seem any phone that Samsung makes with a screen 6 inches and above is a weak device compared to the rest.
My thinking would be, if you are going to make a 7 inch device make it a hell of a device. Make it a device that will be the one device that person needs. Their smart phone, camera, tablet, all in one.
Not a weak camera, outdated OS, small battery, etc!

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with a phone that big you could probably use quality tablet parts that would make it cheaper and not suck.

From a business standpoint, it actually makes some sense. Why sell a phone that is good enough to be your phone, big enough to be your tablet, powerful enough to replace your computer, and has a camera good enough to replace your old digital camera, when you can make a sub-par device for the same price, and still convince everyone that they need it, plus a new Samsung camera, Galaxy Tab, and a Samsung laptop?

I love big phone displays. The bigger the better. But they have to be reasonably comfortably pocketable in a pair of normal jeans and a business suit. I think 6" will be the practical limit with future end to end bezel-less displays given the bounds of physics. Perhaps flexible displays will change that.

The 7" line has finally been broken. I no longer want to live on this planet.

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We've regressed yet again. From carrying a huge boombox next to our ear in the 80's to carrying a huge phone next to our ears now...looked ridiculous then, looks ridiculous now...

In Asia it's very common to use 7 inchers as phones. Everyone deriding it is clearly unaware of their market. It makes perfect sense for people that have one device. Most can't afford phone, tablet and computer. That said, I was expecting a much lower price. I think they are now trading on their brand

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I feel like the size would sell if they would make an oversized note and it's specs. I don't hold the phone to my ear unless I can't find my headphones. I would tote this around if it had the right horse power.

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Sorry but if you make a real phablet then you should give it better specs to enjoy the phone and tabet of this device. You cannot accept a phone now a days because it has the latest software, sorry kit kat. Better off to save your money for the Mega 2

Haters gonna hate. I don't even see why, no need to bash what other people find interesting. I would buy this in an instant.

It reminds in the old days (in the 80's) before headphones became popular, people used to put boomboxes next to their ears.

If they made something like this (7-9") with Note series specs, I'd buy it. I never hold my phone to my ear anyway (rather use a headset or speakerphone while taking notes and doing other things on the screen), so something this size would mean I could go back to carrying one device. But, with the specs listed, it's not for me.

I think the market for these can be kids and teens. Parents can get one device for them, instead of a smartphone and a tablet.

Look at the guy using it as a phone, smh - thanks advertisement you definitely helped make my decision for me.

Too big for a phone. Great small tablet.
Just purchased Samsung's 65" ultra high def TV (curved) and fracking amazing.
Just waiting to see what the Samsung S5 Prime has to offer, in comparison to Oppo's Find 7 or LG's G3. Price vs performance.