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Deciphering the letters on the new Samsung Galaxy phones

Samsung has a lot of Android phones which is their Galaxy line. Off my head there’s the S, SII, SL, Ace, Fit, Pro, Mini, 5 and the 551 slider phone. Unless you really keep track of these Galaxy phones, you won’t be able to understand which phone is suited to what market.

Moving forward, Samsung introduced a new naming convention for their upcoming Galaxy phones. They will now be categorized to S, R, W, M and Y and the Pro suffix which simply indicates it has a portrait QWERTY keyboard.

The Galaxy S won’t change. It will still be the cream of the crop. Samsung’s flagship phone in different iterations. Right now Galaxy SII rules Samsung’s Galaxy.

The Galaxy R for “Royal” or “Refined” would be the brother of the Galaxy S, usually built with less premium components like SLCD vs. SAMOLED. The Galaxy SL would fall into this category and the SLCD version of the Galaxy SII which is the first phone to use the Galaxy R name.


The Galaxy W which means “Wonder” are the mid-range phones. If you’re wondering what mid-range is from Samsung’s perspective, the Galaxy W (pictured above) has a 1.4GHz processor and a 3.7-inch with 800 x 480 pixel display. Other features include a HSDPA 14.4 Mbps connectivity, 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It also has Kies Air which allows users to track the phone if it is stolen or lost, as well as accessing the phone from your PC via Wi-Fi. Neat huh?

width="500"The Galaxy M for “Magical” is the affordable yet high-performance Galaxy phone. Pictured above is the Galaxy M Pro and it sports a 1 GHz processor, has enterprise support for Exchange Active Sync, Sybase Afaria, CISCO Mobile and CISCO WebEx. There’s also an optical touchpad, 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

width="500"The Galaxy Y which stands for “Young” will be the entry-level phones aimed for a younger audience with their hip and colorful designs. The Galaxy Y above  includes an 832 MHz processor, a 3-inch 320 x 240 pixel TFT LCD touch screen, along with a 2-megapixel camera, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Looks just like the Samsung Galaxy Ace.

So does that make things simpler? I’m thinking that they will be appending numbers on them for future models. Like what happened to the Galaxy S going to Galaxy SII.

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  • I hope that these phones are available in the country and I hope Galaxy Y will be included in SunCell’s Postpaid phones.

  • niko

    when will these phones available in the market?

    • no word yet niko. it’s just an announcement pa lang.

  • Griswold

    1.4GHz for a mid-range phone? hehehe so yung original Galaxy S pang midrange na lang pala sya ngayon 😛

  • Brian

    I want the “Galaxy Young” =)