Samsung has announced four new Galaxy Android-based devices, and has also come up with a new naming system for all Galaxy smartphones to simplify things for consumers. Or to make them more complicated. It really depends on how you look at it.
The four new phones, the Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Pro, all run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and fall under the new naming system, or the “SRWMY” scale. Basically, the S (Super Smart) devices are the cream of the crop Galaxy phones. The Samsung Galaxy S would fall into that category. Secondly, R (for Royal or Refined) will designate the premium models. Then, you’ve got W (for Wonder) for the mid-range phones. Following that are the M (for Magical) high-performance models that are more affordable, and finally Y (Young), which are the entry models and aimed at a younger audience.
Besides the letter classification for the five classes, there are additional indicators to latch onto the phone name. “Pro” indicates the device has a physical QWERTY keyboard. “Plus” means the phone is an upgrade from a previous model, and “LTE” indicates that the device is designed to utilize LTE (Long-Term Evolution) connectivity standards.
As we can tell from the name, the new GALAXY W is midrange. Specs include a 1.4 GHz processor, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps connectivity, 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touch display and includes Samsung’s Game, Social and Music Hubs. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Kies Air, which allows users to track the phone if it is stolen or lost, as well as accessing the phone on a PC when connected via Wi-Fi.
Next, we can tell that the GALAXY M Pro has a QWERTY keypad. The other specs include a 1 GHz processor, features and enterprise support for Exchange Active Sync, Sybase Afaria, CISCO Mobile and CISCO WebEx. There’s also an optical touchpad, 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and the inclusion of Samsung’s Social Hub.
The GALAXY Y is obviously an entry-level and is intended for younger users, as it will come in a variety of colours. Specs include an 832 MHz processor, Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, SWYPE and 3-inch 320 x 240 pixel TFT LCD touch screen.The GALAXY Y also includes Social Hub, along with a 2-megaixel camera, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
The fourth new phone is the GALAXY Y Pro, so we can tell it’s basically the GALAXY Y but with a physical QWERTY keypad. Specs include Social Hub Premium, which supports email, social network integration and instant messaging, and ThinkFree mobile office allows for the editing of Word, Powerpoint, Excel and PDF.
Samsung will be showcasing the new phones at IFA 2011. Pricing and release dates have not yet been announced.
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