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Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy W blurs the line between phones and tablets

Jon Fingas , @jonfingas

If you thought that big devices like the Galaxy Mega 6.3 were already blurring the distinctions between phones and tablets, hold on to your hat -- Samsung has just erased those distinctions altogether. Its new Galaxy W (not to be confused with the 2011-era W) blends the 7-inch screen of a small tablet with a relatively compact design that lets you hold it one-handed for phone calls. This isn't the first crossover we've seen by any means, but it promises to be more comfortable than truly finger-straining rivals like ASUS' Fonepad 7 or HP's 7-inch VoiceTab.

As with the Mega, this isn't the flagship you might expect given the gigantic dimensions. You'll be making do with a 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of expandable storage, a 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front cam. The W is even stuck on Android 4.3 rather than 4.4. It won't be the cheapest device, either, as it's selling for 499,400 won ($489) off-contract in its native Korea -- Samsung is no doubt expecting customers to treat this as a two-in-one purchase. There's no mention of an American launch, but you shouldn't count on one when US carriers have so far been skittish about offering category-defying hardware.

[Thanks, Phil]