Thursday 11 April 2013

Samsung's Mega devices are now official: Huge screen sizes on a budget arrive!

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3.
   Samsung have literally carpet bombed the Android mobile phone space over the last couple of years and some of the company's success can be attributed to the fact that some of their bombing hit their targets. At the moment though the trend is seeing bigger and bigger phones released every year and Samsung have said to themselves why can't there be nice big phones which are affordable too? It's a fair question and this is Samsung's first result.

   There are two 'Mega' devices which have been announced today, they are the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3. Both are giant phones and the latter simply dwarfs the Samsung Galaxy Note II which you can see in this tweet below!

   In Samsung's release notes they point to the "portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet" which these two devices give you.

   Lets start with the things which the pair have in common and one obvious place to start is the software. They both have Samsung's GroupPlay, WatchOn (IR TV controls!), Samsung Link and the brand new S- Translator application as well as screen mirroring through ChatON. Both devices are rocking Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which has been Touchwizzed. The hardware similarities include the camera set up; there will be an 8 mega-pixel rear and a 1.9 mega-pixel front arrangement, both phones will have 1 and a half GB of RAM each and both have SD Card slots which are compatible with cards up to 64GB!

Galaxy Mega 5.8 (Click to enlarge)
   That's where the similarities end really and the phones are actually quite different, partly because
of their size differences. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with 8Gb of internal storage, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a 2,600mAh battery and connections are from HSPA+ only.

    The Galaxy Mega 6.3 on the other hand has a faster 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 3,200mAh battery, with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, and there's 4G LTE which makes this device a lot more attractive and future proofed!

   At the moment we know that both devices will launch in May around Europe and Russia and the rest of the world will get them a bit later on. For those of you in the UK Samsung has confirmed that the Mega 6.3 will come to the UK in mid-May, but we won't be seeing the Mega 5.8 on these shores! For all of the details check out the press release here!


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