Samsung announces Galaxy Win - a mid-ranger that's almost a Galaxy S3

Quad-core processor, 4.7-inch WVGA screen, 5-megapixel camera

Another day, another mid-range Samsung phone. Today sees the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Win -- a middling Android handset that looks like a cross between a Galaxy S3 and a Galaxy S4. The internals are decidedly less high-end than either of those handsets. There's a 4.7-inch WVGA (800x480) LCD TFT screen on the front, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU inside, coupled with 1GB of RAM. On the software side, it's running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sammy's TouchWiz UI. Around the back there's a 5-megapixel rear camera.

Connectivity is limited to plain old HSPA speeds -- 7.2Mbps down, 5.76Mbps up -- suggesting that the Galaxy Win might be intended for emerging markets. It'll also be offered with dual-SIM capabilities, a common feature for smartphones in emerging markets. So while it might not check all the boxes for Western consumers, that's not necessarily the target audience here.

No details on pricing or availability for the Galaxy Win just yet. We'll update this post with release info as it becomes available.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Alex Dobie
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Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • WVGA on a 4.7" screen? I don't even....
  • Agreed, there's no point to a device with a screen this size and a resolution so low.
    It's nothing like a S3.
  • Did "mid-range" in the title give anything away? Guess not.
  • When I click on images in Google Reader, it takes me to the image, not the article. Fix it please.
  • 4.7" WVGA? Yeah that's not going to look like a disaster at all...
  • Here we go again - a mid-range quad-core.
  • Yeah it's probably running a Snapdragon 200, quad Cortex A5 chip. Samsung is using the strength in numbers approach though. Can't really say anything bad. They're making lots of devices in different price ranges for various markets, which is something Apple does not do. And they are probably getting success if they're going to keep making more and more phones based off the Galaxy design.
  • 199 ppi… smh
  • 199 ppi is not that bad ! :) it's not good either. My HTC Aria with 180 is great
  • Is Samsung trying to become to octomom of cell phone manufacturers? Giving birth to one new smartphone every week or two.... :) If Samsung were a pregnant woman, it would be the subject of a TV reality show
    called "100 smartphones and counting" or something like that. How many Samsung employees can name all the smartphones they released in the last 18 months?
  • Samsung is a GLOBAL company! And different markets have different needs.
  • On the outside it may look like a cross between an S3 and an S4, but on the inside it looked like the Galaxy S2 had a good day. What a turd, and I can't believe Samsung isn't even trying. Do they only have WGA screens below 720/1080? HTC is showing how to do a "Mid" range phone right.
  • Like I said in my previous comment, Samsung is going strength in numbers. They're only putting certain mid-range, entry level phones out in certain markets. People love and know the S3/Galaxy design and want a Samsung phone, but the S3/Note II/S4 might be out of their price range, especially in these emerging markets. They offer cheap handsets that run Android and Touchwiz, looks just like a Galaxy S III only different dimensions, and people will buy them. It's not about doing a phone 'right'. It's about selling lots of phones. It's a good strategy. They're not putting every single phone out that they make in every single region. That'd be way too risky. And like I said, you don't see Apple making lower cost iOS phones. This is a market smaller Chinese manufacturers target all the time, and Samsung using their brand and design aesthetics for entry level and mid range devices could be moves that are working out brilliantly for them. The people who buy these phones most likely are not interested in what CPU they're running or the screen resolution. They just want a Samsung Galaxy that they can afford.
  • People also love the design and likeness of a Ferrari, but you'd never see a Ferrari body with the internals of Chevy Impala. All Samsung is doing is making their flagships look as cheap as possible. When you see an iPhone, you know that's what it is. If you see a Galaxy S3, or a Galaxy Grand or Galaxy Win, what phone do you have? Can anyone tell?
  • So your problem with it is, is that everyone can have phones that look similar now, and it'll be difficult in public to tell what phone you have if someone else sees you, or what phone someone else has if you see them. That sounds like a dilemma that you don't really need to have. The point is the experience. While the hardware in the GS3 and GS4 beats the crap out of all of these mid range and entry level handsets - Samsung is integrating Android 4.1-4.2 with Touchwiz Nature UX onto these devices. They are going to have the closest thing to a Galaxy S III or 4 without having high end hardware or without having to pay a lot of money. I don't think it makes the flagships look cheap at all. Not everyone cares about the things you or I do. But it is easy to see why Samsung is doing it and why they may be very successful in doing it. Some other companies aren't willing to go that far with all of the phones they're releasing for different parts of the world.
  • how is it across between S3 and S4? It has the innards of S2 at best and S2 had a much better screen.
  • Come on guys. Quit complaining. No one is forcing you to buy this phone. Car companies make various models. Some Luxury ones and some economical ones. Same thing with phones. I think if Samsung wants to make a affordable phone or people that can't afford or don't need so much power is genius.
  • I'm pretty sure whatever Samsung is doing, it's working. I wonder how many of the people commenting here are executives in a billion dollar transnational corporation at the top of its industry....
  • Galaxy phones, Galaxy phones everywhere
  • I wonder if Samsung knows any other words in the dictionary other than Galaxy...
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