Forget the Notes and the Megas, which are already extremely large Android handsets, because Samsung on Monday introduced a 7-inch smartphone, its biggest Android phone yet. Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy W, the phone isn’t a flagship device by any means. Instead, it’s a 7-inch tab-phab-phoneblet that has the ability to make cellular calls. It will be available in South Korea later this month.
When it comes to specs, the Galaxy W isn’t thrilling at all for a 2014 handset. It packs a 7-inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD support, 8-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE-A support and 3200mAh battery. The phone measures 191.8 x 99.6 x 8.8 mm and weighs 245g.
Sadly, as Google is rumored to release a new Android OS version soon, Samsung’s gigantic handset will only run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and it’s not clear when it’s getting a KitKat build. On top of Android, Samsung will have various software features in place for users, including the split-screen and multi-window that are usually found on Galaxy Note devices – but without the stylus support.
The phablet will cost 499,400 won in South Korea, or around $490 unlocked, and will be available in black, white and red faux leather. It’s not clear whether the handset will be available in other markets later this year.