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

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)



22. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

23. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

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

29. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

37. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

You can't fix stupid

38. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 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

20. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Mother of all phablets is here !

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.

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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....

24. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

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

15. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

18. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 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

26. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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..............

32. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

What about the z ultra then.

35. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

34. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

11. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Samsung Grand MEGA ?

12. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The perfect name is Galaxy GIGA.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

27. DirtySoul

Posts: 16; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

28. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I just want to make it clear.

36. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 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?

9. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

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

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

14. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 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.

16. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

39. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

25. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

mega 2 incoming

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Galaxy Giga, not Mega 2.

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