April 11, 2013
Samsung’s New Galaxy Mega Largest Smartphone To Date
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
In the eternal quest to create larger devices as a way to steer clear of lawsuits from Apple, Samsung has just announced a new offshoot of their popular Galaxy brand of smartphones called “Mega.”
Just as the name implies, the Mega is quite a bit larger than the largest device they currently offer, the Note II. Commonly referred to as a “phablet” — combination of Phone and Tablet — the Note II spans a hand-stretching 5.5 inches. The Galaxy Mega will be available in two sizes, 5.8 inches and a super-sized 6.3 inches. The Galaxy Mega line doesn´t look to replace the Galaxy Note line but to augment it for those customers who want something even larger.
According to Samsung´s own description:
“The newest addition to the GALAXY family balances an optimal viewing experience on a 6.3-inch HD screen, yet is ultra-thin and portable enough to put into a pocket or hold in one hand. The GALAXY Mega offers a mix of popular smartphone and tablet features such as an effortless user experience, a split screen, multitasking between video and other apps and more.”
Though the Mega comes in two different-yet-similar sizes, they share the same basic hardware. Both versions will carry a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM. Both Megas will ship with Android 4.2, an eight megapixel camera on the back, a one megapixel camera on the front, and up to 16 GB of internal memory.
The Mega will also work with LTE and HSPA+ networks around the globe. According to Samsung, the Mega will be available “beginning May from Europe and Russia.” However, there´s been no word yet as to when the Mega will be available in the US.
The Galaxy Mega doesn´t have the most impressive spec sheet of all the other phablets out there. After all, other giant Samsung devices are outfitted with better processors and more internal memory. According to Samsung Mobile´s CEO JK Shin, the Mega is all about offering a device at every size for every customer.
“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,” said Shin in a statement.
Ubergizmo was given a test unit for a hands-on review ahead of Samsung´s quiet and unexpected announcement.
According to Ubergizmo´s Hubert Nguyen, the Mega “basically looks like a Samsung Galaxy S4, but is much bigger.”
The massive size of the Mega relative to other devices is worth discussing, and Nguyen starts his review by answering the most pressing question: “Does it fit in your pants pocket?”
Nguyen says that the 6.3-inch Mega does fit in his pocket, but anything larger might be too big for comfort.
Overall, Nguyen describes the Mega as “Impressive.”
According to Derek Kessler, editor-in-chief of webOS blog webOS Nation, the Mega brings the Samsung Android device list to a whopping 27, including eight phones at the 4-inch size and five phones at the 5-inch level.