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Samsung announces Galaxy Win smartphone for China


Samsung has officially launched a new Android handset named Galaxy Win in China. Prior this week, the device was leaked in Vietnam and yesterday the Korean manufacturer introduced the Samsung Galaxy Win publically.

The smartphone packs the same specs as leaked earlier and has the model number GT-I8552 imprinted on it. It will be also available as Galaxy Win (GT-I869) and Galaxy Win (GT-I8558), probably for other carriers apart from those located in China.

Currently, the Chinese variant of Samsung Galaxy Win i.e. Galaxy Win (GT-I8552) comes with a 4.7-inch WVGA TFT display which works on 199ppi pixel density. It seems that Galaxy Win is a cost-friendly sibling of Galaxy S3 featuring a 4.7-inch display with a terrible 199ppi density.

Galaxy Win is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Though, the company has not said anything about the exact model of the processor incorporated in the handset. Apparently, it will be  either a Cortex A7-based Snapdragon 400 or an S4 Play.

The details dealing with the internal and on-board RAM storage are not yet revealed, but we can expect at least 1GB on-board RAM along with 8GB of internal storage. The smartphone measures 133.3 x 70.7 x 9.65mm and weighs 143.9gm.

It sports a 5-megapixel camera on the back & a 0.3MP on front, MicroSD card slot, a 2,000 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device has support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b /g /n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS.

Apart from these, the smartphone comes pre-loaded with China-specific social networking apps like Sina Weibo and QQ along with Samsung’s ChatON messenger app.

At present, only the single-SIM variant of the Samsung Galaxy Win is being listed on the official Chinese site of Samsung, but it is anticipated that a dual-SIM model will be probably released in the near future.

On the software side, Galaxy Win has even received its first official firmware which is based on Android 4.1.2 and comes with the standard Samsung Nature UX. The firmware details are as follows:

Android Version: 4.1.2 – Build JZO54K
Build Date: 28 March 2013
Changelist: 1066460

According to SamMobile, currently Samsung has pushed the retail firmware to China only, and it appears that subsequently other countries will also fall in this line. The firmware can be downloaded from SamMobile’s firmware section.

Unfortunately, there is no word yet on the actual release date as well as pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Win in China along with the wider international availability of the device, but the company will confirm these details soon.

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