ⓘ Samsung Galaxy W

                                     

ⓘ Samsung Galaxy W

Samsung Galaxy W, also known as Samsung Wonder, is an Android smartphone that is a smaller-sized variant of Samsung Galaxy S II.

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 Samsungs 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.

                                     

1. Hardware

Processor

The device uses a single-core 1.4 GHz Scorpion Qualcomm powered Snapdragon chip along with Adreno 205 for its GPU graphics.

Memory

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

                                     

1.1. Hardware Memory

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

                                     

1.2. Hardware Display

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.

                                     

1.3. Hardware Camera

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.

                                     

1.4. Hardware Connectivity

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.

                                     

2.1. Software User interface

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



                                     

2.2. Software Media support

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.

                                     

3. Other variants

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.

                                     

4. Reception

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.