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Samsung announces mid-range Galaxy Win smartphone
Samsung announced the Galaxy Win, a device with familiar branding and mid-range specs
Here at Gizmag, we cover a lot of high-end smartphones. They’re the cream of the crop, and the benchmarks that the next generation of devices will try to top. But not everyone needs the best of the best. Lots of people want a phone that’s comfortable to hold, fast enough for Facebook and email, and doesn’t break the bank. To those customers, we hereby present to you: the Samsung Galaxy Win.
Nope, the Galaxy Win isn’t a premium device. It might look a bit like the Galaxy S III, but the Galaxy S III it is not. We’re looking at decidedly mid-range specs, the iconic Galaxy branding, and a familiar design. For many people, that’s enough.
The Win is an Android 4.1 Jellybean handset (with Samsung's TouchWiz on top, of course). It rocks a 4.7-inch display with 800 x 480 resolution (that’s 199 pixels per inch). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2,000 mAh battery.
It does have a 1.2 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB of RAM. So it should be faster than many phones in its class. Its mere 8 GB of internal storage reiterates its mid-range status, but that’s expandable with a microSD card (up to 32 GB).
There will be both dual SIM and single SIM versions of the Win. Like many of Samsung’s high-end devices, it will come in Ceramic White and Titanium Gray color options.
Specs are fine and dandy, but let’s be honest. The customers that Samsung is targeting with the Win aren’t going to care too much about specs. A tech geek’s phone this is not.
But Samsung didn’t become the global smartphone leader by focusing only on the high-end. It makes devices for all shapes and sizes, and the “Win” is (ironically) for those content with a solid, middle-of-the-pack smartphone.
No carriers have stepped forward with release info yet. Based on Samsung’s typical announcement-to-release cycles, though, we’d expect to see it pop up within the next month or two.
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Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Before finding a home at Gizmag, he had stints at a number of other sites, including Android Central, Geek and the Huffington Post.
Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica.
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The thing that I can't stand about Samsung phones at the moment (I have a Note 2) is the capacitive buttons at the sides of the home button. My small children can hardly use an app without touching the back button, sending them back to home screen. It also makes the phone uncomfortable to hold since you can't just grab the ends.
It would be great if Samsung would turn those buttons off during apps like Netflix, etc. If that can't happen, just put the buttons on the screen like the Galaxy Nexus (had it, loved it). Then it's easy for the app maker to have the buttons turned off so they can't be accidentally triggered.
Sorry for the rant...
I wonder if something like this wouldn't be more popular if they sold it with a larger battery and marketed the meager specs as lower power consumption?
I would argue most people could get more out of a bigger battery than they would a 1.9Ghz quad core CPU.
Cant wait to see more Galaxy phones out, IE 5, 6, 7 models
Love to see price wars for Service contracts & for phones.
Produce more Galaxy phones.
How many models do they have?
Sooner or later with this shotgun approach they might end up with the most desirable one, ascertaining what the human being most likes.
But while he loved miniature you do have to give Steve credit for determining a very nice solution intuitively impacted by constraints of technology.
And he did establish a great venue for some very talented programmers who otherwise would never get to show their stuff.
He didn' t dookie his brains all over the place.
Thank you for the comment Abe... though I doubt you will read this... both I and the makers of android/samsung probably don't run into that problem or at least not too often.
My comment is about the android version. I don't get why they can't just say it's the latest version and then if they don't get that version when it ships then you just have to say it will get an update in a couple months.
Nobody in the cell phone system is smart enough to update the numbers when updates do come out so you should just say the number it will be. It isn't a lie if you are going to update it to the latest android number but merely planning ahead such that the numbers aren't wrong on the advertisements for the majority of the time that it is being sold.
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