Android Phones

Samsung details their phone naming system and debuts four new Android phones

August 24, 2011 | by Tony Price

Android Phones, Samsung

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I have often wondered how companies decide what to call their devices. Some of these phones have the strangest names. I keep waiting to be sent a Motorola Dalek or a HTC TruffleShuffle to review. So when I hear that a company has decided to provide a little insight into their system, I jump at the chance to find out what’s going on. Samsung has done just that.

In a press release sent out this morning, Sammy has decided to detail their letter-based smart phone naming system. Really, this thing has two pieces. The first is a letter, which designates the ‘class’ of phone the device is. The second part is an optional suffix that tells you a little more about the device. I made this handy chart so that you can try and figure it all out.

  • S Phones – ‘Super Smart’; These are the top of the line from Samsung
  • R Phones – ‘Royal/Refined’; High-end phones that don’t have the power of the S line
  • W Phones – ‘Wonder’; Less powerful than R or S, but also at a lower price point
  • M Phones – ‘Magical’; M for Mid-range. Easy enough.
  • Y Phones – ‘Young’; Low-end devices aimed at younger consumers and emerging markets
  • “Pro” – These phones have hardware keyboards
  • “Plus” – These are redesigns of older hardware
  • “LTE” – It has LTE. You knew that one, right?

That all looks pretty easy to understand, right? To recap, if you rank the phones from best performance to worst, you would get S>R>W>M>Y. In order to show off this new scheme, Samsung also released the details for four new devices in the press release. Those devices are the Galaxy W, Galaxy M Pro, Galaxy Y, and Galaxy Y Pro. I’ve organized the specs for each device into neat tables, and even included pictures. Check them all out below.

Galaxy W – “High Tier” according to Samsung

Samgalaxy w

  • 1.4 GHz single-core processor
  • 3.7-inch 800×480 LCD display
  • 5MP Camera
  • Support for 14.4Mbps HSDPA
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Galaxy M Pro – “Mid-range” with a QWERTY Keyboard according to Samsung

Samgalaxy m pro

  • 1GHz single-core processor
  • 2.66-inch 480×320 LCD display
  • 5MP rear and .3MP front facing cameras
  • Full QWERTY Keyboard
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Galaxy Y – “Low End” according to Samsung

Samgalaxy y

  • 832MHz single-core processor
  • 3-inch 320×240 LCD display
  • 2MP camera
  • Support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Galaxy Y Pro – “Low end” with a QWERTY Keyboard according to Samsung

Samgalaxy y pro

  • Not many details were given about this device. Expect the same internals as the Galaxy Y with a different screen resolution.

So there you have it. Samsung has let it all out before their appearance at ITA in Berlin. What are your thoughts on these devices? Does Samsung’s naming system make more sense to you now? Let us know by leaving a comment down below.