Samsung Galaxy W

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This article is about A 2011 Samsung phone. For A 2014 Samsung phone, see Samsung Galaxy W (2014).
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Samsung Galaxy W
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Samsung Galaxy W I8150 displaying the 'homescreen' of TouchWiz 4.0.
Manufacturer Samsung Electronics
Series I Series
Model GT-I8150
Compatible networks GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 3GUMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Related Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy R
Type Touchscreen smartphone
Dimensions 115.5 mm (4.55 in) H
59.8 mm (2.35 in) W
11.5 mm (0.45 in) D
Weight 110 g (3.9 oz)
Operating system Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with TouchWiz UI 4.0
CPU 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm Scorpion MSM8255T Snapdragon SoC processor
GPU Adreno 205 GPU
Memory 512 MB RAM
Storage 4 GB flash memory
Removable storage microSD (up to 32 GB)
Battery Li-ion 1500 mAh
Data inputs Multi-touch touch screen, headset controls, GP2A proximity, 3-axis gyroscope, AK8975 magnetometer and AK8975 Orientation sensor, BMA222 accelerometer, aGPS, Gravity Sensor, Rotation Vector Sensor and stereo FM-radio
Display 800×480 px, 9.34 cm (3.7 in) at 252 ppi WVGA TFT LCD
Rear camera 5 Mpx with auto focus, 720p 30fps HD video recording and stills. Single LED flash.
Front camera VGA for video chatting, video recording, and stills
Connectivity 3.5 mm TRRS; Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 3.0; Micro USB 2.0; DLNA, GPS;
Other Exchange ActiveSync, integrated messaging Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, and Game Hub

The Samsung Galaxy W (i8150), also known as Wonder, is an Android smartphone that is a smaller-sized variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II.[1][2] The Galaxy W is a less-powerful downgrade compared to the Galaxy S II, with a specification comparable to the larger Galaxy R and a 9.34 cm (3.7 in) WVGA TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480x800. The phone also features a 5-megapixel still-image camera that is capable of 720p video capture. The main differences between the Galaxy W and other variants are its processor (1.4 GHz single core manufactured by Qualcomm), its higher pixel density compared to the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy R, and a slightly different physical design.

Prior to the release of the Galaxy S II, there were speculative reports of Samsung's plans for a smaller, stripped down variant which is a similar case-example to the HTC HD Mini existing as a smaller version to the HTC HD2.

Launch[edit]

First announced on August 2011, the Galaxy W made its market debut in October 2011.[1][3]

Hardware[edit]

Processor[edit]

The Galaxy W uses a single-core 1.4 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm powered Snapdragon chip along with Adreno 205 for its GPU graphics.[1]

Memory[edit]

The Galaxy W has a system memory of 1.07 Gigabytes,1.7 GB of USB Storage and a dedicated 351 Megabytes of RAM.

Display[edit]

The Galaxy W uses a 93.89-millimetre (3.696 in) WVGA TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen which has a Pixel density (PPI) of '252'. It has a bigger pixel density than its predecessor, the S2 which had a pixel density of 217 ppi.

Camera[edit]

On the back of the device is a 5-megapixel camera with single LED flash that can record videos in up to a maximum 720p high-definition (HD). There is also a fixed-focus front-facing VGA camera for video calling, taking photos as well as general video recording.

Connectivity[edit]

The Galaxy W features industry standard connectivity including Bluetooth 3.0, Assisted GPS (AGPS), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n as well as micro USB connectivity for use with such instances such as transporting files or minimal PC charging.[1] Also featured is a stereo FM radio[4] with RDS along with a 3.5mm audio headphone socket located on the top of the device.[5]

Software[edit]

Android operating system[edit]

The Galaxy W ships with Android 2.3.6 installed.

User interface[edit]

The Galaxy W employs the latest proprietary Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 user interface.

Bundled applications[edit]

The Galaxy W, like the Galaxy S II, features the inclusion of Samsung's 'Hub' applications for various multimedia use.[6] Included are:

Social Hub
Which integrates popular social networking services like Facebook and Twitter into one place rather than in separate applications.
Readers Hub
This hub provides the ability to access, read and download online newspapers, ebooks and magazines from a worldwide selection.
Music Hub
An application store for downloading and purchasing music tracks on the device. Samsung has teamed up with 7digital to offer this service.[7]
Game Hub
An application store for downloading and purchasing games. Samsung has teamed up with partners including Gameloft to offer this service.[7]
Other applications
More applications include Samsung Kies, Kies Air as well as Google Maps with Latitude, Places, Navigation.[8]

Media support[edit]

The Galaxy W supports various audio formats including MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC, XMF audio formats and video formats support for MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1. Recording & Playback of videos in up to 720p high-definition (HD).

Other variants[edit]

T-Mobile USA's variant of the Galaxy W is the Samsung Exhibit II 4G SGH-T679.[9][10] It has a few hardware differences, including 3 MP rear camera and a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255 CPU. The Samsung Exhibit II 4G was rebranded as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G by a software update on May 30, 2012.[11]

In 2014 T-Mobile through Walmart sells the Exhibit version SGH-599.

Another variant in some markets is the Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini.

Reception[edit]

Dan Sung reviewing the Galaxy W for Pocket-lint.com had further noted the amount of downgraded features.[12] CNET UK has briefly summarized the phone as "chunky" in its small size dimensions as well as "decent" for a lower priced alternative to the Galaxy S II.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Samsung Galaxy W I8150 - Full phone specifications". GSMArena.com. August 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Samsung Press Release - Samsung introduces new GALAXY smartphone naming strategy, expands GALAXY smartphone range". Samsung Online. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Leavitt, Lydia (26 August 2011). "Samsung Galaxy W to launch on Three network in the UK". Engadget. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "(page 1) Samsung Galaxy W I8150 preview: First look". GSMArena.com. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "(page 2) Samsung Galaxy W I8150 preview: First look". GSMArena.com. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "(page 4) Samsung Galaxy W I8150 preview: First look". GSMArena.com. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Samsung Galaxy S2: what you need to know". TechRadar. 14 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Samsung Galaxy W - 3.7-inch Touch Screen Smartphone - SAMSUNG UK - TECH SPECS". SAMSUNG UK. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Samsung.com - Exhibit II SGH-T679 4G Smartphone
  10. ^ CNET TV - Samsung Exhibit II 4G
  11. ^ T-Mobile Software overview
  12. ^ Sung, Dan (5 September 2011). "Samsung Galaxy W pictures and hands-on". Pocket-lint.com. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Hoyle, Andrew (15 September 2011). "Samsung Galaxy W - Reviews". CNET UK. Retrieved 5 January 2012.