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Samsung Galaxy W Goes Official; Set To Rival iPhone 5 Lite?

Samsung has unveiled a new member of the Galaxy stable, the W, which is being marketed as a mid-range smartphone that could be more properly described as an improved version of the Galaxy S from last year.

The handset, which will be released at IFA in Berlin next week, has a 1.4GHz single core SoC, a 3.7-inch WVGA display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz UI.

It appears that the Galaxy W is actually the GT-I8150 which we covered earlier this week, rather than the more powerful Galaxy S Plus which carries the model number GT-I9001.

What has been confirmed is that the Galaxy W has a 1500mAH battery, a five megapixel camera with a front-facing one, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot and the original Galaxy button layout on the front.

What hasn't been confirmed is whether the SoC will be a Qualcomm model or an improved version of the Exynos range, whether the handset has 512MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage, DLNA compatibility and whether it will be competitively priced compared to the Galaxy S2.

The latter can be had SIM free from as little as £450 and on a decent plan from £27 per month on a two year contract.