Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
We know that Korea is the home of phablets and Samsung, of course, so it’s no great surprise to see that the company has launched a new seven-inch tablet-cum-phone on its home turf.
The Galaxy W — which was first spotted by Sammy Hub — appears to be a Korea-only device at the point. The phablet sports an HD display, runs the slightly dated Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB RAM. There’s an eight-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera, while the 16 GB internal storage can be upgraded by up to 64 GB with an external card.
The Galaxy W supports the super-fast LTE-A (4G) network and weighs in at 245g. It will be available from operator SK Telecom for 499,400 won — that’s around $490.
Considering it is only running Jelly Bean, the price seems a little excessive for the device, but given that it is essentially a seven-inch tablet that is capable of making calls, Samsung may well be pitching it at those who want an all-in-one option. Don’t expect to see this device make it out of Korea, though, many Samsung devices are made expressly for Korea..
➤ Samsung Korea Press Release | Via Sammy Hub
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