Samsung Galaxy W aka "Mega 2" 7-inch Android Smartphone Tablet Hybrid Could Be Bigger Than Your Face

Looking at SK Telecom's promotional poster for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy W 7-inch phablet, it's almost impossible not to get the impression that the device could be as big as - if not bigger than - most people's faces.

Samsung Galaxy W

Last year, Samsung hit it big in the midrange Android handset category (apart from the flagship level, of course) with two oddly large phablets: Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. But perhaps seeing that its main competitors have already started to come up with even bigger and more powerful hybrids (Sony Xperia Z Ultra, for instance, has a 6.4 inch Full HD display and ran on a Snapdragon 800 chipset), the Korean Giant has decided to push the limits of this category even further this year.

Rumored to be called Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 or Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 once it lands in the United States and in other territories around the globe a bit later this year, Samsung Galaxy W sports a massive 7 inch HD display! Having such large screen makes this device the largest full-fledged smartphone that the company has come up with thus far. But that's not the only thing that makes it quite interesting.

Samsung Galaxy W, Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0, Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

Design-wise, it appears that SGMega2 or SGW borrows a few distinguishing design elements from the popular 2013 TechPinas Badge of Excellence Awardee Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Users will see the same metallic rim with subtle grooves and the plastic back plate with faux leather texture.

The upcoming device's innards also represent an upgrade - even if a bit - from that of SGMega 6.3. Samsung Galaxy W is expected to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with its 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor (versus its predecessor's Dual Core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC) and to have a minimum of 16 GB of ROM (versus 8 GB on Mega 6.3). Other specs including its 1.5 GB of RAM, LTE connectivity support, 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, Full HD video recorder, and 1.9 MegaPixel front cam are more or less the same as last year's phablet though. I just hope the battery size - which has yet to be disclosed along with other details - would be far bigger to compensate for the larger display.

TP Friends, Samsung Galaxy W has just been officially announced in South Korea. It will retail there within the next few weeks for around 499,400 Won or roughly Php 21,370 with current conversion. But will it be available in the Philippines this year, you ask? Well, most likely. But I guess the phablet will land here with a different name; Samsung Galaxy Mega 2, maybe.

Our country is one of Samsung's key markets and we always get fresh releases from the company ahead of other territories. Also, Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 both did very well here so I think it's to be expected that their official follow-up will also be launched in Pinas.