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Samsung Galaxy Win wins us over with Jelly Bean, two SIMs

The Samsung Galaxy Win is a wining combination of Android Jelly Bean, quad-core power, a big screen and two SIM cards.

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Richard Trenholm was CNET's film and TV editor, covering the big screen, small screen and streaming. A member of the Film Critic's Circle, he's covered technology and culture from London's tech scene to Europe's refugee camps to the Sundance film festival.
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New phones for the win. The Samsung Galaxy Win, that is -- a new quad-core smart phone rocking Android, a big screen and two SIM cards. Winning!

Whether we'll be winners is open to question: the Win hasn't been officially announced by Samsung but has appeared on a Vietnamese retailer, listing a release date in May. Read on for the details.

The Galaxy Win I8552 is a new Android smart phone sporting a sizable 4.7-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. Inside is a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor for plenty of oomph when playing games or browsing the Web. It also has a 5-megapixel camera, with an extra camera on the front for video calls, with a 2,000mAh battery keeping things ticking along.

The Win is powered by Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean software, which is close enough to being the latest version of Google's software for mobile phones and tablets. Samsung is fast emerging as the best option for getting your mitts on the latest versions of Android, even on its most affordable phones.

The Win also rocks two SIM cards. Dual-SIM isn't a huge thing here but is more popular in the developing world and other international markets. It's handy for keeping two numbers without needing two phones -- one for work and one for personal, or one for the family and one for your mates from your local underground fight club, say -- as well as for travel. You can go abroad with your own SIM to make sure you don't miss any important calls from friends and family back home, and in the same phone have a cheap local SIM to avoid hefty roaming charges when you need to call or surf while you're out there. A win-win situation, you might say.

Whether the Win comes here is yet to be confirmed, although I wouldn't hold your breath for a dual-SIM version.

Samsung is packing the market with lower and mid-range Galaxy Android phones, although not all of them will make it to British shores. Just yesterday the Korean company revealed the Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo and Galaxy Star, following the Galaxy Fame and Galaxy Young unveiled earlier this year.

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Are there too many Galaxy phones, or is Samsung right to offer a Galaxy-full of affordable options? Has the Win won you over? Tell me your thoughts in the comments, or on our Facebook page.