Samsung Galaxy W
Samsung Galaxy W I8150 displaying the 'homescreen' of TouchWiz 4.0.
|Compatible networks||GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; 3GUMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz|
|Successor||Samsung Galaxy S III Mini|
|Related||Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy R|
|Dimensions||115.5 mm (4.55 in) H|
59.8 mm (2.35 in) W
11.5 mm (0.45 in) D
|Mass||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 mA·h|
|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 (3.68 in) at 252 ppi WVGA TFT LCD|
|Rear camera||5 Mpx with auto focus, 720p 30 fps 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|
Galaxy W is a less-powerful downgrade compared to Galaxy S II, with specifications comparable to the larger Galaxy R. The device has a 3.68 in (9.34 cm) WVGA capacitive TFT LCD touchscreen with a 480x800 px resolution. The phone also features a 5-megapixel still-image camera that is capable of 720p video capture.
The main differences between Galaxy W and other variants are its single-core CPU (1.4 GHz manufactured by Qualcomm), higher screen pixel density compared to Galaxy S II and Galaxy R, and a slightly different physical design.
Prior to the release of Galaxy S II, there were speculative reports of Samsung's plans for a smaller stripped-down variant, which is a similar case-example to HTC HD Mini existing as a smaller version of HTC HD2.
The handset has a system memory of 1.07 Gigabytes,1.7 GB of USB Storage and a dedicated 351 Megabytes of RAM.
The phone uses a 93.89-millimetre (3.696 in) WVGA TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen which has a Pixel density (PPI) of '252'. It has a higher pixel density than its high-end counterpart, the S2 which has a pixel density of 217 ppi.
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.
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 files transfer and PC charging. Also featured is a stereo FM radio with RDS along with a 3.5mm audio headphone socket located at the top of the device.
Android operating system
The Galaxy W ships with Android 2.3.6 installed.
The Galaxy W employs the latest proprietary Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 user interface.
The Galaxy W, like the Galaxy S II, features the inclusion of Samsung's 'Hub' applications for various multimedia use. Included are:
- Social Hub
- Integrates popular social networking services like Facebook and Twitter into one place rather than in separate applications.
- Readers Hub
- Provides the ability to access, read and download online newspapers, e-books and magazines from a worldwide selection.
- Music Hub
- An application store for downloading and purchasing music on the device. Samsung has teamed up with 7digital to offer this service.
- Game Hub
- An application store for downloading and purchasing games. Samsung has teamed up with partners including Gameloft to offer this service.
- Other applications
- More applications include Samsung Kies, Kies Air, as well as Google Maps with Latitude, Places, Navigation.
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).
The T-Mobile USA variant of Galaxy W is Samsung Exhibit II 4G (SGH-T679). It has a few hardware differences, including a 3 MP rear camera, and a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255 CPU. Samsung Exhibit II 4G was rebranded as Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G by a software update on May 30, 2012.
In 2014, T-Mobile sells an Exhibit version (SGH-599) through Walmart.
Another variant in some markets is Samsung Galaxy S2 Mini (not to be confused with Samsung Galaxy Mini 2).
Dan Sung, reviewing the Galaxy W device for Pocket-lint.com, had further noted the amount of downgraded features. CNET UK briefly summarized the phone as "chunky" — in its small size dimensions, as well as "decent" for a lower-priced alternative to Galaxy S II.
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