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This new Samsung SM-T2558 looks like a smartphone, but it's a 7-inch tablet

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This new Samsung SM-T2558 looks like a smartphone, but it's a 7-inch tablet
Samsung is getting ready to introduce a rather odd device called SM-T2558. If you look at the pictures showing it, you’ll probably think that the SM-T2558 is a smartphone. However, the device features a 7-inch display, measures 191.24 x 99.7 x 8.95 mm, and weighs 245 grams. These attributes make it a tablet, not a smartphone. Of course, we could also call the SM-T2558 a phablet, since it appears that it can make voice calls.

Whatever it is, the Samsung SM-T2558 is certainly an unusual product. If you compare it to Samsung’s other 7-inch tablets (like the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 SM-T230, or the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210 from last year), it’s definitely narrower, while also being taller.

The SM-T2558 was approved by Chinese authorities earlier this month, and seems to be made for China Mobile. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while its 7-inch display has a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. Other features include TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, quad-core 1.2GHz processor of unknown provenience, 1.5GB of RAM, and microSD card support (up to 128GB).

Although the SM-T2558 is made for China Mobile (which will likely start selling it soon), it doesn’t mean that Samsung can’t make a similar device for other markets. But the question is: do we want it to?

For the sake of comparison, we quickly put the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm) next to the SM-T2558 - so you can make an idea of how big this thing is. You'll see this in the last image included in the slideshow below.


source: TENAA (translated) via MobileGeeks (translated)

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posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:41 4

1. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Definitely looks like a very interesting device? Probably a mid range phablet just like the Mega series?

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:47 1

3. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Galaxy Mega 7.0

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:48 7

6. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


No, it's Galaxy Giga 7.0

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:51 3

10. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I'm sure it will not carry the Galaxy Mega name, it's a lot bigger than Galaxy Mega. So the perfect name is Galaxy Giga.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 03:23 1

30. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


U don't have to reply to every post with Galaxy Giga. ....and it's unlikely for a device name to be that

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 03:38

31. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


All of them is only an opinion.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 07:18

33. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Well, chinese have better phablets theirselves with better specs i.e. huawei mediapad x1, soon to be launched ZTE nubia x6, hisense maxe x1.... sammy's phab is far inferior

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:47

2. skyline88 (Posts: 456; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


a giant Galaxy Mega?

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:50 3

8. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I'm sure it's Galaxy Giga

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:48

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


mega 2 incoming

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:49 1

7. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Galaxy Giga, not Mega 2.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:48 1

5. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Lol! True innovation! Now watch the android fanboys try to carry this as a phone. To make matters worst, it's the same damn design.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 21:41 11

14. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Just because it's an android phone doesn't mean android users have to like it. Nobody said that this phone represents Samsung's attempt to show their creativity. I'm pretty sure your own phone lacks innovation and has been the same design for years as well.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 22:00

16. tenho1982 (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


This actually suits very well for my mobile Point of sale program in the restaurant. It's perfect to replace the old big 7 inch Tab, but not now yet, as the old ones are still working perfectly.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 00:22

21. elitewolverine (Posts: 5119; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Would rather have a full OS for POS business. Something like a Dell 8" would be the best imo. But to each his own, there is areason everyone has an ipad slaped to a square stand nowadays. Then again I laugh when there is a pc in the background and they have to still 'move' the data to do 'other work'. This is where a dell 8" works so wonderfully, imo that is.

posted on 29 Apr 2014, 10:39

39. tenho1982 (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


My system lets the employees to hold the POS machine in 1 hand, firmly, use the other hand to touch and finish an order, then transfer data wirelessly to the main computer at the counter. For that purpose, something between 6 to 7 inch (even better with a very thin border) does its job well. iPad and the big Dell 8" are bad in size.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 00:50

25. Doakie (Posts: 1893; Member since: 06 May 2009)


There is nothing new here. Asus made the Fonepad which was a 7" Android "phone" built on the 2012 Nexus 7 platform. If you didn't already know this you're a horrible smartphone geek. I actually imported a Fonepad from Taiwan and used it in T-Mobile. It fit easily in a front jeans pocket as long as it didn't have a flip case on it. Then it just became too insanely large. It was kinda awesome. I put my T-Mobile SIM into it with my unlimited data plan so I could stream unlimited Netflix on the go. I kinda miss that "phone" now that we're talking about it but it's processor was underpowered, it would constantly lag. I sold it and went back down to a Note 3...

Large phones are awesome. I'm sorry you can't see past your fanaticism to appreciate them. You'll love them once a 5.5" iPhone is released. I hope on that day you remember me and recall that I called it, you're a biased fanboy.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:51 1

9. Totse2k15 (Posts: 451; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Meh... Just give us the Note 8 II or AMOLED tablets (SM-T700, etc.) already....

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 20:53

11. deewinc (Posts: 235; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Samsung Grand MEGA ?

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 21:03 2

12. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


The perfect name is Galaxy GIGA.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 21:08 1

13. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


And then they can name the 9" version the Galaxy Googa.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:01 3

27. DirtySoul (Posts: 16; Member since: 22 May 2012)


WTF are you, a bot who spams the thread with "Galaxy Giga" crap?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:25

28. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I just want to make it clear.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:28

36. walnuttt (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Apr 2014)


you want to clear it but not knowing you are already annoying, stop repeating "Giga" for a million times. Fine we knew it already, its a Giga. Happy?

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 21:46 1

15. cR203 (Posts: 201; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


Its reminds heavily of the galaxy mega 6.3. I think 7 inches might be really pushing it for a phone tho. I hope this isn't the sequel to the galaxy mega. 720p resolution on a 7 inch device wouldn't be pretty. To me the 720p on the galaxy mega 6.3 wasn't that great. It looked even worse after I used my note 3 and tried to go back to it.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 22:12

18. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 523; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I went from 440ppi S4 to 235ppi Mega 6.3 and yes it was a noticeable drop in sharpness but still easily readable. 1280x720 on 7", I agree, is not going to be pretty though

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 00:58

26. Doakie (Posts: 1893; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Man. If Samsung released a 6.3" Galaxy Mega 2 in 2014 with GS5 specs I would drop my Note 3 in a fraction of a second. I would RUN to the AT&T store and I would just start throwing cash at people until someone handed me a box with one in it. My brain would probably just explode upon reading a leak article on it. It would need to have the GS5's camera and processor. If so.....pow.......mind exploded..............

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 04:27 1

32. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 523; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


What about the z ultra then.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:10

35. cR203 (Posts: 201; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I considered the z ultra but I prefer Samsung to sony. I just like their phones for some reason. All my smart phones from my first one to my current one have been samsung. Also the z ultra didn't have a flash for the camera and that put the nail in the coffin for me.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:06

34. cR203 (Posts: 201; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I agree with you 100%. If Samsung ever released a galaxy mega 6.3 with the s5 specs I would abandon my note 3. I had the galaxy mega for a few months before I sold it and it wasn't a bad phone honestly. After a while I started missing the feeling of having a super high end smartphone and that led me to my the purchase of the note 3 which I had no plans of buying because I had the note 2 and I was enjoying it.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 22:03 2

17. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


wow, and probably cost around 800.00. My Coolpad 9976A costs around 400.00 and has a 1200p (1920X1200) 7 inch screen with a 423 pixel density and awesome sound...come on Samsung, you got to do better than that....

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 00:42 1

24. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Lets not assume prices just yet. 800 would be more expensive than many of their better tablets.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 23:07 1

19. express77 (unregistered)


This is the smartphone's common size for 2016/2017. Phablets will be 10 inch by then. But don't worry people. They will provide larger hands as accessories.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 23:59 1

20. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Mother of all phablets is here !

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 00:33 2

22. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


Again the "there is a phone/tablet for everyone" by Samsung. Wont buy this, but Samsung likes to fill every inch in the market.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 00:38 2

23. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


I agree. Having more choices is never a bad thing.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 01:28 1

29. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


But if the choices are too much, it would make many people confused.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 13:24

37. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


You can't fix stupid

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 22:29

38. pegasso (Posts: 272; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


Samsung tablets = non-removable battery

Samsung phones = removable battery.

and since this is a smartphone, let's hope it will follow trend and have a removable battery

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