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Not long ago, Samsung became the leader in the volume of smartphones sold, and still retains it. From launching small screen smartphones to 7-inch screen tablets, consumers have satisfactorily accepted the wide range produced by the Korean manufacturer. For those who remember, the company launched the 6.3-inch phone, the Mega, and for quite some time, we assumed that this was the biggest Samsung would go when it came to phablets. However, the company took a step ahead, and came up with Galaxy W 2016. Merging the lines between a phone and a tablet, the Galaxy W 2016 has a big screen, but moderate hardware specs. Not intended for hard-core mobile device users though, the decent hardware specifications make sure you go through your everyday tasks easily.
The design is just typically Samsung, with smooth rounded corners, and thin bezels on the sides. The front panel features the home button on the bottom centre, and two soft buttons on either side. A secondary camera, along with the call speaker resides on the top, and that’s pretty much of it. The device is ergonomic to hold to, but the size makes it slightly difficult to keep holding on to it for a long time. Also, it is slightly heavy (245g), but not very when compared to other phablets in the same screen size category (average weight being around 240g).
The display is a 7-inch TFT capacitive screen, which can support a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixels, and a calculated pixel density of 210ppi. In simpler terms, content on the screen is bright and crisp, but not much. The screen to body ratio is also around 70%, but it hardly makes a difference given the large size of the display. When compared to Asus Fonepad 7, or even VoiceTab (HP), the Galaxy W seems much better.
The Galaxy W 2016 runs on a quad core processor, clocked at 1.2GHz. However, it won’t be running the latest version of Android right out of the box. The device, similar to other phones from Samsung, runs Samsung’s UI on top of the Android. There’s 16GB of internal memory, and about 10GB is available for user storage. However, one can get another 64GB by making use of dedicated memory expansion slot.
The 1.5GB RAM making using the device smooth, albeit you use it only for moderate purposes. These include activities like calling, social media, emails, music and video. Graphic intensive games struggle, and the lag is evident.
The Galaxy W 2016 comes with an 8MP camera unit as its main imaging device. Compare this with its competitors, and this is the best specs available in a phablet at this time. The 8MP camera can also shoot HD videos (1080p) at 30fps, and it features LED flash, too. Pictures are cool, with good colour reproduction, although certainly not the best. Photos taken in low light were prone to noise, and the images lacked brightness.
The secondary camera is a 2MP unit, and as expected, does not feature any flash. The app itself is basic, and does not give you numerous features to play around with. The phablet features a loudspeaker, and also a 3.5mm jack for connecting it to external audio output.
The 3500mAh battery does justice to the device, and the big battery unit assures you that your call will still have some juice in it by the end of the day, through moderate usage. Keeping the Wi-Fi on, and making calls over it consumes a lot of battery (nothing unnatural), and your device will require another charge cycle to spend the rest of the day. Network connectivity include 2G and 3G, support for all standard Wi-Fi protocols, hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct. Additional connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB2.0.
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