Termed to be a phablet, the PHAB Plus seems to be Lenovo’s answer to the already blurred line of phone to tablets. Measuring at a humongous 6.8-inch, the manufacturer claims the device is optimized for one-handed use, but that remains to be seen (even to those with fairly large hands).
Samsung Galaxy W
The Samsung Galaxy W which was a mid-tier smart phone 3 years ago has been given a reboot as a 7″ phablet exclusive to SKT in South Korea. It is seen as an upgrade over the previous Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with 7.0″ TFT display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution.
While it stretches into the 7″ tablet category, the Galaxy W tries to be a smart phone with thinner bezels and a faux leather back cover that’s similar to the Galaxy Note 3. It runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz processor mated to 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with microSD expansion slot.
Priced at 499,400 Won (about RM1574), the Galaxy W is quite expensive and you would be better off with the current Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 that’s priced at RM999. It gets the same processor, RAM and storage and you’ll get a bigger battery capacity at 4,000mAh versus the 3,200mAh provided on the Galaxy W. On the plus side, the Tab 4 7.0 runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat while the Galaxy W is still running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.
The Galaxy W however offers better camera with a mainstream 8MP main shooter and a front facing 2MP unit. For faster connectivity, it also supports high-speed 4G LTE-A as well. The weight is more pocketable too at 245g which is lighter than the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 that tips the scale at 281g. The Galaxy W is available in Black, White and Red colours which you can view after the break.
If you’re looking for a cheap deal for smart phone on contract but don’t necessary need the latest, DiGi is offering a year end promo on selected models. The MeeGo powered Nokia N9 is being offered for FREE while the Sony Xperia S and Galaxy W are offered for only RM499. The Galaxy S II which is Samsung’s flagship of last year is offered as well at RM699.
All these devices are tied with 12 months contract of DG Smart Plan of RM68/month. Along with DiGi’s Jualan Internet promo, you’ll get 5GB data each month as well. For a period of 12 months, the total minimum subscription costs only RM816 which makes the total cost of ownership less than RM1,600. All 4 devices requires an upfront payment of RM500 which will be rebated back to your bill. The Sony Xperia S looks like a tempting buy among the lot with a 4.3″ 1280×720 resolution display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 12MP camera and 32GB of storage.
The offer is now available from their Online Store and will be available at DiGi’s centre at SoHo KL from 25th December 2012 onwards. As usual, stocks are expected to be limited and it is based on first come first served basis.
For more information, head over to DiGi.
DiGi has started offering the affordable Samsung Galaxy W from as low as RM399 with 24 months contract of DiGi Smart Plan 68. As usual, you do get 2 contract period of 12 or 24 months and a lower plan option of Smart Plan 48. The bundled pricing for Galaxy W as follows:
DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM799
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM599
DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM699
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM399
If you opt for auto-billing, DiGi will rebate RM5/month from your month subscription. Those that opt for Smart Plan 68 with 24 months period will also get extra RM15/month off for 24 months, which is a substantial RM360 additional savings. There’s an advance payment between RM50-RM500 required upfront depending on plan and option that you go with.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s Online Store.
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The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus goes for as low as RM999 while the Galaxy W as low as RM349 on U Mobile’s U88 plan. If 3GB a month is too much, you can opt for U28 or U58 plans. The price difference for the device is RM200 in between postpaid plans. In terms of contract duration, both devices are tied with 24 months contract.
Without contract, the Tab 7.0 Plus is priced at RM1,699 while the Galaxy W is going for RM999. For more information, head over to U Mobile’s phone deals page.
To recap on the plans, U28 offers 1GB, U58 with 2GB and U88 with 3GB. You can read more about these plans here.
Celcom is on the roll with more Samsung device up for bundling. Today they have revealed its Samsung Galaxy W offer which can be yours from RM328.
As usual, you have a choice of 3 plans and 2 contract periods – 12 months and 18 months. The cheapest offer of RM328 is applicable on the Celcom Exec 250 with 2 years duration. At the bare minimum, it is offered at RM708 on 12 months contact of Celcom Exec 50 + 1GB Data plan.
If you’re not willing to fork out too much money for the latest but looking for something decent, the Galaxy W is the best value priced phone under RM1,000 at the moment. Another telco that’s offering the Galaxy W is U Mobile which is now open for registration of interest.
For more details, head over to Celcom Smartphone website.
UPDATE: Expected pricing for the Bold 9790 revealed here.
UPDATE: IMCC reveals Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Pricing at RM1,699.
U Mobile has started registration of interest for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Samsung Galaxy W and the BlackBerry Bold 9790. According to the details the registration of interest will run until 1st December and those that registered will be informed about their collection after 5th December.
Plans and pricing are not revealed yet but it is likely to be bundled on their new postpaid plans. Recently U Mobile has been aggressive in the device game with the latest gadgets offering. In fact, they are more active than Maxis which has been very quiet lately in terms of smart phone bundling.
For the BlackBerry Bold 9790, U Mobile is throwing FREE BlackBerry car charger, leather pocket and Jabra bluetooth headset worth over RM250 for the first 100 subscribers.
Head over to U Mobile to register your interest for the Tab 7.0 Plus or Bold 9790. It is strange that they need to offer a registration of interest for Galaxy W which is already available through IMCC.
Thanks tessiemah for alerting us at the comments!
IMCC has announced the Samsung Galaxy W for an affordable RM999 in Malaysia. The Galaxy W is a mid-tier device in their new naming convention and is actually a replacement for their current Samsung Galaxy Ace.
Despite being a mid-tier device, the Galaxy W is no slouch as it runs on a single core 1.4GHz processor and it has Android 2.3 Gingerbread installed. The front has a larger 3.7″ S-LCD display with 800×480 resolution and internally comes with 2GB storage and 512MB of RAM. For imaging, it has a 5MP camera with assisted flash that’s capable of shooting 720p HD videos. There’s also a VGA camera at the front for video calls. They have also thrown in a rather generous 1500mAh battery as well.
For RM999, the Galaxy W packs quite a lot for less which puts other expensive rivals to shame. Seems like Samsung is able to give HTC a run for their money.
Check out demo videos after the break.
Along with the new naming convention, Samsung has announced four new Galaxy phones — one “W” (high-tier), one “M” (mid-tier) and two “Y” phones (entry-level) — that’s slated to make an appearance at next week’s IFA 2011 in Berlin.
First up, we have the Android 2.3 running Samsung Galaxy W packs a 1.4GHz processor and a 3.7-inch WVGA screen along with a 1500mAh battery. There’s also a 5MP camera in there somewhere.
Next, we have the Samsung Galaxy M Pro which also runs Android 2.3 and features a 1GHz processor with a 2.7-inch HVGA screen and a 5MP camera rear camera. There’s also a VGA front-facing VGA camera and a 1350mAh battery.
In the entry-level segment, we have the Samsung Galaxy Y and the Galaxy Y Pro. Both the Y and Y Pro are essentially the same device with Android, 2.3, a 800MHz processor and a 2MP main camera and a 1200mAh battery. The only difference is the Y Pro has a physical QWERTY keyboard and possibly a smaller screen than the 3-inch Galaxy Y.
And that’s about it but it’s by no means the end of it. Samsung has dropped hints that it will be introducing something big at this year’s IFA — the world’s largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances — happening in Berlin next week. It’s possible that Samsung will be launching a new flagship device but that’s not confirmed.
Pictures of the Galaxy Y and Y Pro after the jump.
Samsung Galaxy range of phones — there’s a lot to choose from. By our count there are at least 10 types of Galaxy phones in various guises. In Malaysia the more popular ones are the S II, Ace, Gio and the 5. With so many variants with even more differences in specifications and prices points, it’s easy to get confused as to which Galaxy is which.
In a bid to make things clearer for the consumer, Samsung has announced its new naming convention for the Galaxy range. The Galaxy line of phones will be segregated into five different categories with three variants.
At the top of the order, you have the “S” range of Galaxy phones. S stands for “Super Smart” and is the flagship of the Galaxy devices. Next, you have the Galaxy R range. R stands for “Royal” and is used to represent devices that combines top-notch performance and design in a premium package.
Further down the Galaxy lineage, you have the “W” line which stands for “Wonder” and will be reserved for high quality specialty models. Then there’s the “M” (Magical) range of Galaxy phones that will boast decent performance at affordable price and finally there’s the “Y” (Young) range of Galaxy devices that will be targeted at a younger target with entry-level pricing catered to appeal for emerging markets.
In addition, these five classes will be further differentiated in three sub-classes — “Plus”, “Pro” and “LTE”. Plus” will indicate an upgrade to an existing model, “Pro” will add a QWERTY keyboard and “LTE” will signify the presence of LTE support in the device.
So what do you think? Does the new naming convention make it easier for you to differentiate one Galaxy from the other?