Posted 04/11/2013 at 12:43 PM
Posted 4 years ago
Samsung has never been afraid to push the boundaries of smartphones in terms of size – the Galaxy Note and Note 2 are proof of this. However, if you were put off by the 5.5-inch display on the newest Galaxy Note, it’s probably best to look away now because Samsung has just announced two handsets that dwarf anything else on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 are designed to build up the range of “phablets” in the company portfolio and are both set to launch in Europe in May, with a global rollout planned for later this year.
The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is the big brother of the two handsets, not only in terms of size, but in specs too. Designed to be a more affordable version of the Galaxy Note 2, the 6.3 features a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8-MP and 1.9-MP rear and front-facing cameras respectively, 4G support, 8GB or 16GB storage and a 3,200mAh battery. As the name suggests, there is a 6.3 inch HD display on board that provides 720p resolution.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with more modest specifications, featuring a 5.8 inch screen, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, and a 2,600mAh. Both cameras are the same on the smaller device, as is the RAM, although there is only 8GB of internal storage available with this handset. A microSD card slot is also included on both phones – a feature that wins Samsung many friends.
Both Galaxy Mega’s will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is a big selling point; whether it is enough to tempt people into buying a handset that is – let’s face it – far too big to be a smartphone, though, remains to be seen. Samsung, however, remains confident that big is best.
“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more,” said JK Shin, Samsung’s CEO and head of IT & Mobile business in a statement. “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.”
If Samsung’s shipping of more than 10 million Galaxy Note handsets last year is anything to go by, then JK Shin may be on point; but 6.3 inches? Surely that is an inch too far?