New naming schemes are all the rage at the moment it seems
with Nokia continuing with its new convention earlier today with the announcement
of the 600, 700 and 701 – and now Samsung is following in its footsteps.
The South Korean manufacturer has announced four new smartphones today which it
will unveil fully at IFA next week. The phones bear the unfamiliar Galaxy W, M
and Y monikers, similar to the alphabetic naming we’ve seen with the Galaxy S II and it the
recently announced Galaxy R.
The naming scheme is set to re-organise all Samsung phones into five
classes, each identified by a single letter: S – Super Smart; R –
Royal/Refined; W – Wonder; M – Magical and Y- Young.But what, we hear you all screaming, about the Galaxy Z? We can only assume that line has been put to sleep.
There will then be additional class indicators to allow a more
specific description of the key selling points of a device: Pro – it has a QWERTY
keyboard; Plus – it is an upgraded model and LTE – well hopefully that’s pretty
The details on the phones themselves are pretty scant at
this stage. The Galaxy W will come with a 1.4GHz processor, HSDPA 14.4Mbps,
5 megapixel camera, 1,500mAh battery and a 3.7in touchscreen.
Like the rest of the new phones announced today, it will run
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and will come with Samsung’s Game, Social and Music
The Galaxy Y and Galaxy Y Proare two
youth-orientated Android devices which are powered by a rather measly sounding 832Mhz
processor. The specs also fail to impress when you see a 2 megapixel
camera on the rear.
The Galaxy Y has a 3in touchscreen with a resolution of 240
x 320 and Samsung has included the Swype input system as standard. The Y Pro has
a 2.6in touchscreen sitting above a QWERTY keyboard.
Finally we get the Galaxy M Pro which is a business-orientated smartphone featuring a 1GHz processor, 2.6in touchscreen (480 x 320),
QWERTY keyboard, 1,350 mAh battery, a five megapixel camera and all encased in a
slim 9.97mm body.
We’ll be in Berlin
next week for the IFA trade show to get a closer look at these phones and we’ll hopefully get some
more concrete release dates from Samsung itself. For now let us know in the
comments what you think of the phones so far.