News by Luke Jones on Monday July 28, 2014.
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Samsung's Galaxy W is a device that has interested us since we first heard about it earlier in the year, and now it has been released in China with another name. The device is a huge 7-inch tablet/phablet with phone calling connectivity and it has shown up in the FCC hinting that Samsung will launch the slate in the US in the coming months.Before that though the Galaxy W has emerged in China and is known as the Galaxy TabQ, where it continues to blur the lines between mobile phone and tablet. When we first heard about the W/TabQ we wondered whether Samsung was taking the phablet form to the extreme with a 7-inch screen, after-all this is the company that started the phablet trend with the original Galaxy Note. It turns out that the Korean company is actually marketing the Galaxy TabQ as a full tablet, just one that happens to be able to take calls. It is still a mystery who would particularly want such a slate, unless they truly planned to use it as a phone calling device. Nevertheless, it seems Samsung thinks the added calling functionality will make up for some distinctly lower end specs. A 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, likely a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 powers the tablet, while the 7-inch screen is a modest 720p HD panel. In terms of cameras, there is an 8 megapixel lens on the rear of the device and a lowly 2 megapixel front facing snapper. The slate also arrives with Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3,200 mAh battery, while price details are still unknown in China, although we expect it to cost the same as the Korean variant that launched in June. Whether that is enough to ditch your smartphone and tablet for an all in one device we doubt, but Samsung seems to think there are big pockets in China. While we question the point of this device, we still look forward to it landing here later in the year, even if it is just to see what Samsung charges for the Galaxy W in the US market. source: Into Mobile
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.