Last year we saw Samsung push phablet sizes outside their comfort zone with the launch of its Galaxy Mega series, introducing both a 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch model. But lately we’ve been tracking an even larger device, and last month we were looking at the seven-inch Samsung SM-T2558. Last week it stopped by the FCC before we got a leaked render to check out. We were wondering if this guy might go public at Samsung’s tablet even next week, where we expect to see the Tab S models debut. Instead, Samsung has jumped the gun, and gone ahead with the launch of the seven-inch Galaxy W (no, not that one) for South Korea.
At least, that’s the only market we’ve heard mentioned for the Galaxy W so far, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn of plans for availability elsewhere. Specs attached to the hardware largely match what we’ve heard already, including a 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core SoC (possibly Snapdragon 400), 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP main camera with 2MP front-facer, and a 3200mAh battery. Oddly, the phablet (if we can still call it that) will ship running Android 4.3, rather than a more recent KitKat build.
And as you can see from the pics Samsung’s provided: yes, the manufacturer very much expects people to use this giant-sized handset as a phone. The Galaxy W will be available in black, white, and red color options as it goes up for sale in South Korea for what works out to about $490.