Samsung has made the Samsung Galaxy Win official, a few days after the phone was leaked under the same name. That the official device shares the slightly unusual name is something of a surprise, as most expected it to be a codename and for Samsung to choose something slightly more sensible.
So, does the Galaxy Win win? That depends on what you’re looking for. It has a 4.7-inch touchscreen, which is only a tiny bit smaller than the Galaxy S3’s display, however the resolution is considerably lower than last year’s flagship Android phone, at 480 x 800 pixels. The processor is a 1.2GHz quad-core chip, which is excellent news and should provide the Win with plenty of power to drive the Android 4.1 operating system, which has been covered with the TouchWiz user interface.
Slightly more disappointing is the camera, which has 5-megapixels, and the video call camera around the front of the phone has only a VGA resolution. Samsung will release the win in either single-SIM or dual-SIM variants, ready for an international release. The spec sheet is completed by 3G connectivity, 8GB of storage space, GPS, DLNA, a 2000mAh battery and a microSD card slot.
The Galaxy Win is looking like a solid bet if you’re after a Galaxy S3 style phone – let’s face it, the design is pretty similar – at a better price, as it’s sure to be less than other high-end smartphones. Samsung hasn’t provided any information on the Galaxy Win’s release date, or its price when it does appear. Given the phone’s size and relatively decent mid-range specification, we’d expect a release in the UK and Europe sometime in the future.