Is bigger better?
To expand its market reach, Samsung launched two extra large devices, 6.3 inch LTE ready and 5.8 inch version – the biggest thus far. Branded as Galaxy Mega, one would struggle to fit in pocket or use it with just one hand. The good thing, it is only 8mm thin and weigh under 200 grams. More portable than a tablet it comes with polycarbonate body which is durable. Unlike most of Samsung’s latest smartphones, it does not have super AMOLED panel. Instead, it has HD super clear LCD display which is bright enough to please most users. It features split screen and multitasking between video and other apps. It also has the newest version of TouchWiz where you can have smooth experience and speed as Galaxy S4.
|Network||LTE100 / 50Mbps, HSPA+21 / 5.76|
|Display||6.3-inch (159.7mm) HD TFT / 5.8-inch (149.7mm)|
|Processor||1.7GHz Dual Core AP (6.3 in) / 1.4GHz (5.8 in)|
|OS||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Camera||Main (Rear): 8 megapixel rear-facing camera Sub (Front): 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera|
|Camera Features||Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range), Sound & Shot, Sports, Continuous shot|
|Video||3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV|
|Audio||MP3, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3GA, WMA, OGG, OGA, AAC, FLAC|
|Services & Additional Features||Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games|
|Story Album, S Translator|
|Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play|
|Samsung ChatON mobile communication service|
|Samsung Link, S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice 2.0|
|Google Mobile Services||Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude,
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi DirectBT 4.0 (BLE), USB 2.0 H / SGPS + GLONASS, NFC, MHL|
|Sensor||Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope|
|Memory||8 / 16GB Internal Memory (microSD up to 64GB) + 1.5GB RAM|
|Dimension||167.6 x 88 x 8mm, 199g / 162.6 x 82.4 x 9mm, 182g|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-ion 3200mAh / Li-ion 2600mAh|
In its official website, the company describes the new models as ” a device that combines the portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet.” Anticipating the demand of larger smartphones, JK Shin, co-chief executive 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.
For now, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 variant is the biggest smartphone. The bragging rights will then shift to Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra with giant screen at 6.44 inches when it will be released in September 2013.
Galaxy Mega is now available in stores with prices at USD668.00 for 6.3 in and USD558.00 for 5.8 in.