Samsung Launches Two New Galaxy Mega Smartphones

Subject: Mobile | April 11, 2013 - 11:09 PM |
Tagged: smartphone, Samsung, galaxy mega, galaxy, android 4.2

Samsung recently officially unveiled its new line of Galaxy Mega smartphones. The new phones (there are currently two on tap) run Android 4.2 and feature relatively gigantic screen sizes. As rumors suggested, and likely in order to keep costs down, the Galaxy Mega phones come without a stylus (like the Note series). Also, the displays are lower resolution than the flagship Galaxy S 4’s 1080p display.

The Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 measures 167.6 x 88 x 8mm and weighs 199 grams. On the outside, the smartphone features a black glossy finish, a 6.3” 720p display, an 1.9MP front-facing camera above the display, and an 8MP rear camera. The phone is powered by a 1.7GHz dual core ARM SoC, 1.5GB of RAM, and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage (which can be expanded via microSD cards). Further, it has a 3,200 mAh battery.

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

The Galaxy Mega 6.3 includes accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Poximity, and Gyroscopic sensors. It is compatible with LTE 100/50Mbps, and HSPA+ 21/5.76 networks. A Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (supporting Wi-Fi Direct), Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS/GLONASS, and NFC radios round out the smartphone’s wireless connectivity options. The phone also features USB 2.0 and MHL support for getting an HDMI output via a powered adapter.

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The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 drops down in physical size and weight to 162.6 x 82.4 x 9mm and 182 grams respectively. The phone also drops MHL, NFC, and 802.11ac support. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 has a white glossy finish surrounding a 5.8” TFT touchscreen display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. A 1.9MP camera serves video calling duties while the rear of the phone hosts an 8MP camera for taking higher-quality stills and video.

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The smaller (but still huge) Galaxy Mega 5.8

Internal hardware includes a dual core ARM processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Wireless connectivity includes a cellular modem compatible with HSPA+ 21/5.76 networks, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS+GLONASS. There is no 16GB SKU, but storage space can be expanded via microSD cards.

Samsung has not released pricing information, but the two new Galaxy Mega phones will be available globally. Europe and Russia will be the first countries to get the new smartphone, which will be in May. From there, the phones will gradually roll out to other markets. Users can expect the hardware to cost less than both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2 as the Mega has lower-cost hardware despite the physically larger display. If you just want a large display without paying for the extra horsepower of other flagship smartphones, the Mega series should be a decent option. I would estimate AT&T will sell them for around the $150 mark on contract when they do make a US appearance.

More information along with photos of the new mega-sized Galaxy Mega phones can be found here.

Source: Samsung

April 12, 2013 | 09:22 AM - Posted by razor512

The screen seems a bit small.

It also seems that they sacrificed some RAM and CPU and storage, but kept the exorbitant price the same.

April 12, 2013 | 10:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I would be glad to purchase a Samsung branded smartphone, however, my experience with a Samsung's laptop product has not helped me want to buy any Samsung computers or smartphones! Samsung's problem is: service after the sale, specifically software updates, If I want to play a game on my smartphone, and the graphics drivers for the GPU need to be updated, will there be any updates? As far as my Samsung laptop is a concern, beacuse Samsung has not updated their OEM customized graphics drivers, That ONLY Samsung can update! The Samsung laptop's graphics drivers have display artifact problems in both OpenGL, and DirectX based software and are in need of an update!!!

PC OEMs! ever wonder why PC sales are in the Crapper, maybe it is beacuse that some PC/laptop OEMs have a crappy record of keeping their system software updated! This + Windows 8 = super crappy sales, and no more brand loyalty!

April 12, 2013 | 08:46 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Well... I can't really speak to the Galaxy series as I've never owned one. I only recieved one minor updated to my Samsung Infuse 4G the entire time I had it though, while other phones got the new major update :/. At least the mega phones are coming out with Jelly Bean to begin with though, hopefully that is an indication that Samsung has learned and will provide updates--at least for its more-prominent Galaxy-series phones.

January 17, 2014 | 05:19 AM - Posted by imran aftab (not verified)

Phone is stylish big screen and affordable in terms of price but I really had a bad experience using the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, It is very fragile because even with a slight crack on the screen glass it wont work anymore and when it comes to repairing the cost is more expensive than buying a new phone. It is also not recognize by any PC even when you install samsung kies.

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