Thursday, April 11, 2013

Samsung debuts the mega-sized Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3

It's official: Samsung is going bigger. Indeed, if you think the 5.55-inch Galaxy Note II is not a big enough phablet, here's your solution. The Korean giant announced the Samsung Galaxy Mega on Thursday, with 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch versions coming.

The two phones will be called the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3.

Both phones will ship with Android 4.2. The 5.8-inch model, ships with a qHD display (960 x 540), with a 1.4GHz dual-core processor. It has an 8-megapixel camera, but only ships with 8GB of internal storage, though it supports microSD card up to 64GB in size. It also sports 1.5GB of RAM. It will carry a 2,600 mAh battery, the same as in the upcoming Galaxy S4. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 will only support HSPA+.

Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 sports an unspecified HD screen. Most likely 720p, it also has a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, the same 8-megapixel camera, and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, along with microSD support up to 64GB. It will have the same 1.5GB of RAM along with a larger, 3,200 mAh battery. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 will support both HSPA+ and LTE.

In a statement, Samsung's mobile chief J.K. Shin said:
We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more. We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers' varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning Galaxy series.
Although the devices will not ship with an S-Pen stylus as in Samsung's Galaxy Note line, the Samsung Mega handsets still support apps such as S Memo, S Planner and the Note's split screen multitasking mode.

As is typical of Samsung's announcements, pricing and availability of the two devices was not announced, but Samsung did say they would arrive first in Europe and Russia beginning in May.

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