Samsung’s Galaxy W is a 7-inch smartphone

The crossover has finally happened; smartphones are now tablets.

The company that debuted the 7-inch Galaxy Tab back in 2010 has now released a smartphone, the Galaxy W, with the same screen size. Of course, this being 2014 the device, coming to Korea later this month, is sleeker, faster and considerably more usable than that initial tablet. The company’s flagship phone at the time was the 4-inch Galaxy S.

The Samsung Galaxy W comes with a 7-inch 720p display, a 1.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera, LTE-Advanced support and a 3,200mAh battery. It weighs a hefty 245 grams and is 8.8mm thick. It runs Android 4.3 with TouchWIZ.

While it’s possible that the device will be released in Canada later this year as the Galaxy Mega 7.0, the Galaxy W seems tailor-made for an Asian market increasingly obsessed with screen size. As more customers eschew tablet purchases in favour of a single large screen smartphone, the arrival of the Galaxy W makes perfect sense.

The Galaxy W will cost the equivalent of $500 CDN when it’s released later this month.