Samsung Galaxy W is new Android wonder phone

The Samsung Galaxy W is a new Android-powered smart phone. The W stands for Wonder, in case you were, er, wondering.

Give us a W -- now give us a Samsung Galaxy W! Samsung announced the Android-powered Galaxy W smart phone today. What does the W stand for, we hear you ask? Why, it stands for Wonder!

W the Wonder Horse is an 11.5mm-thick smart phone, sporting a 3.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. Inside there's a 1.4GHz processor, a 1,500mAh battery and a 5-megapixel camera. It connects to the wider world with 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and Samsung's own Kies Air software for wirelessly moving music and movies on to the phone.

It's powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread software, with the Samsung TouchWiz interface to customise the phone to your heart's content with apps and widgets. Social Hub is an app that gathers together everything your friends are doing and saying, whether it's on Twitter or Facebook, or in messages sent your way.

Samsung has unveiled a new system of naming phones, and it's all gone a bit Sesame Street: the flagship Galaxy S is at the top, followed by the premium R (for Royal). The W sits in the high tier, followed by the M (for Magical) and the entry-level Y (for Young).

Each phone in these letter categories will have a bit tagged on the end to tell you more about the phone. Pro on the end means the phone has a Qwerty keyboard, Plus means it's a souped-up version of a current phone, and LTE means it packs 4G power and therefore won't be coming to these shores.

Three has confirmed it will offer the W here in the UK. Does W stand for Wonder or Wubbish? Write your words in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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