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Samsung's iPhone 5 Lite Rival Goes On Preorder For £282

Online retailer Handtec has put the Samsung Galaxy W i8150, one of its many handsets expected to take on the iPhone 5 Lite or iPhone 4GS, on preorder for £282.

The device is a smaller, updated version (opens in new tab) of the original Samsung Galaxy S and can be likened to the HTC Desire S.

It is powered by a single core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5GHz and like the Galaxy S, comes with 512MB RAM, there's also a microSD card, a five megapixel camera with HD ready video recording, a front facing one, a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen and a slightly different design.

The button layout for example is different from the Galaxy S2; away goes the single button layout and in comes a slightly larger button with two non-mechanical ones either side.

The Galaxy W (for Wonder) will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes a 1500mAh battery. All in all, a very decent mid-range smartphone.

The big problem though is that there are loads of great smartphones like the LG Optimus 2X that are currently being cleared out for around the same price.

The Optimus 2X has a bigger screen, 8GB onboard storage and more importantly, a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 Soc which should make it more attractive than the Galaxy W.

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.