The Samsung Galaxy Win - a new addition to the Galaxy range.
Sometimes it seems like barely a day goes by without Samsung announcing a new handset. We’ve only just heard about the budget friendly Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo and now the Korean giant is back with a rather more high -end offering called the Samsung Galaxy Win.
This packs a pretty large 4.7 inch WVGA TFT LCD display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) for an almost-up-to-date experience and is backed up by a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, a VGA front facing one, 8GB of internal storage (with a micro SD card slot allowing you to boost that by up to 32GB more) and a 2000 mAh battery.
That’s a fairly solid selection of specs all in all and Samsung certainly seem to be positioning it as a powerful handset, with comments like “equipped with powerful hardware... there is no app or game that the Galaxy Win can’t run with vivid colour and resolution.”
However while the specs are pretty good they’re not even close to those of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 13 megapixel camera. In fact they don’t even quite match those of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with its 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 8 megapixel camera. With that in mind this is perhaps more of a mid-range offering than a high end one.
Being a Samsung handset there are a bunch of features beyond the core specs. There’s ‘Easy Mode’ which is a simplified, stripped back homescreen that gives you streamlined access to the most commonly used functions. There’s also ‘Smart Alert’ which will display notifications for events that you may have missed, by ‘events’ Samsung apparently means deadlines, messages and calls. Then there’s ‘Motion UX’ which lets you access certain functions - such as muting the phone, or refreshing web pages and apps with simple motion controls.
In fact beyond being powerful Samsung also seem to be heavily pushing this as an easy-to-use handset, saying that the Galaxy Win is “equipped to handle demanding tasks while still providing an effortless user experience with intuitive features.” It certainly sounds like it could be quite easy to use, though thanks to Samsung’s intuitive TouchWiz interface most of their Android handsets are pretty straightforward anyway.
At the current time it is not known if the Galaxy Win is coming to the UK or not. So those looking for a slightly cheaper alternative to the Galaxy S3 and S4 might be out of luck if this proves to be the case.
What we do know is that the Samsung Galaxy Win is being produced in two different colours - Ceramic White and Titan Gray, and that there are two different versions of the handset being made, one with dual SIM cards and one with a single SIM, though in all likelihood if the phone makes it here at all it will be the single SIM version.
By Kevin Thomas on 12th April, 2013