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Samsung unveils Galaxy W, a 7in tablet pretending to be a phone

Samsung has announced a new device, the Galaxy W, for its home territory of Korea – and it's one massive smartphone.

We know that phablets are popular, particularly over in Asia, and that they have been increasing in size with some models tipping over the 6in mark. But the Samsung Galaxy W goes even further as a 7in smartphone – the same size as compact tablets such as Google's Nexus 7.

In effect, this is a tablet with phone capabilities, but the fact is as The Next Web (which spotted the Samsung Korea press release for the device) points out, the Galaxy W is unlikely to see a release outside of Korea. We'll just have to make do with the likes of the Galaxy Mega at a piffling 6.3in screen size, or maybe Sony's Xperia Z Ultra at 6.4in.

As for its core specs, the Galaxy W only has a 720p resolution despite that 7in screen, and a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, along with the outdated Jelly Bean 4.3 for its OS. Tempted, we're not... though at least it has something of the cutting edge about it with support for LTE-A giving nippy 4G surfing speeds.

This morning, Samsung also announced another phone which marks a major milestone for the firm – the Samsung Z will be released in Russia in Q3, and ditches Android in favour of Samsung's own Tizen OS (which is already on board the company's latest Gear gadgets).

This is, for the moment, just a toe in the alternative OS waters for Samsung, and going forward a lot will depend on how well the company can persuade developers that they need to write apps for Tizen.