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Samsung Rival To iPhone 5 Lite Landing On O2 Soon

UK mobile phone operator O2 has posted a "coming soon" page for the Samsung Galaxy W, which is an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy S and slots between the latter and the Samsung Galaxy S2.

More importantly, it will almost certainly be the smartphone from Samsung's portfolio that will go head to head with the iPhone 5 Lite or the iPhone 4GS.

The handset (opens in new tab) comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a super LCD rather than an AMOLED one; That's a tad smaller than the Galaxy S but on par with the competition like the Desire S and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo.

The SoC however is one of the fastest single core chips on the market, a Qualcomm Snapdragon clocked at 1.4GHz which should run circles around the Hummingbird one in the Galaxy S.

Other features include Samsung's latest Touchwiz 4.0 user inteface, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a five megapixel rear camera with HD recording and a front VGA one, 440 hours standby on 3G and up to 470 minutes talk time.

The phone will be available from O2 from September onwards and will very likely replace the Galaxy S altogether.

The white version of the top of the range Galaxy S2 recently became available for just £30 per month with an initial £100 outlay.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.