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Samsung goes big with Galaxy Mega phablets

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Samsung has officially announced two new "phablet"-sized additions to its line of smartphones, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8.

The names quite literally highlight the screen sizes of these large devices; at 6.3 and 5.8 inches respectively, both offer a significant size increase over the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II

It's tough to tell from the specs Samsung's revealed so far just how good the large displays will be -- the initial release only referred to the screens as HD, but left out whether that meant 720p or 1080p resolution. Therefore a 720p resolution is likely on the 6.3, with an even lower resolution expected on the 5.8. Other tech specs place the devices at a mid-range level:  Both offer a primary 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. Each run Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), have 1.5GB RAM and offer up to 64GB of expandable memory.  A 1.7GHz dual-core processor powers the 6.3 version, the 5.8 runs on a 1.4GHz dual-core processor.

Samsung is selling the Galaxy Mega as ideal for a split-screen experience, hoping to convince the mobile multi-tasker to consider the Mega for watching videos while using their favorite app or composing emails simultaneously. 

Samsung has helped define the so-called phablet category of mobile devices, starting with the first rendition of the Note which broke the 5-inch barrier, pushing consumers to consider carrying a 5.3-inch device as their all-in-one screen for on-the-go computing power that still allows for phone calls. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 stretches these limits even further, surpassing even the 5.9-inch Vega No. 6 from Pantech and the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate from Huawei. Although some versions of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 allow for phone calls, that device remains categorized as a tablet and its potential use as a phone falls into a Zach Morris cell phone league.

The Galaxy Mega will first be offered in Europe and Russia starting in May; no word yet on other marketplace availability or pricing structure.

You can read the full press release here.

Comments

Total comments: 31
Joey011
By Joey011 (Apr 21, 2013)

I like my note 2 and these two mega phones are very low spec. Reminds of 2010 2011 back when I had my Droid Bionic. The megas are going to sell cheap because of the screen clarity and low specs. Im still waiting for the Note 3. Its promising. Im sure the note 3 will be 6 inches octo core. I cant wait to see the Note 3. I want the Note 3.

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vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (Apr 17, 2013)

:D :D :D what comes next? 6.5, 6.8, 7.0 - oh, sorry, these are on the market already. then 8.0, 8.5, 9.0.... :D

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Apr 16, 2013)

I will wait for the Note 4 with 2560x1600 6.3" display when my Verizon HTC Droid DNA with 1080p 1920x1080 5" display 2 year contract expires in September 2014.

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57even
By 57even (Apr 15, 2013)

I like it, with one of these I could probably dispense with my 7" tablet and my phone, though the contract has a while to go.

I'm all for convergence myself, but it is way too big for pockets in the summer time. I'll probably just downgrade my phone to a cheap dumb handset and use it with my Nexus 7.

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rramjit
By rramjit (Apr 12, 2013)

I have the Note II and it is an amazing device. I normally would want to root my phone but this phone just works great with no issues...ok well, I have a pet peeve with the GPS...I feel that the GPS radio is a little weak sometimes...
The camera is great and a joy to edit photos on, for posting to social networks.
SIZE: I doubt whether I could go to a small phone/phablet now. I love to read newspapers, magazines, watch videos on it.
This is the sweet spot...anything bigger is not going to work in the U.S. market.

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tabloid
By tabloid (Apr 13, 2013)

Screen size depends on what u want to use the phone for.
Im a photographer, and sometimes i have to show pictures to clients.....without carting a large tablet around.
therefore for some people like me a 6.3 is just what i need.

Other people who simply want to make calls i would suggest a iPhone 5 size screen .
Different horses for different courses.

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photohounds
By photohounds (Apr 14, 2013)

I have the note 2 and use it for that.

The 6.3 while a useful size, as you say needs a 400PPI screen to interest me.

Looks like Note 3 will have 6" and 400+PPI. In September.

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vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (Apr 17, 2013)

tabloid: did you say "large tablet?" :)

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Martin_PTA
By Martin_PTA (Apr 12, 2013)

I've been living with a Note I as my primary communication device for 18 months now. Functionally it's a great device, but size-wise it is marginal. Even 3mm wider would be the deal-breaker for me because then it won't fit into a denim or shirt pocket any longer, which is my criteria for defining the "phablet" concept. I presume I'll consider these new devices to be small tablets!

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Steven Rounds
By Steven Rounds (Apr 11, 2013)

As a Note 2 user, I know that the 5.5-inch screen on the Note 2 already has 720P (1280x720). Samsung is not going to put less than 720P on their bigger 5.8-inch screen. I'd bet that either or both of the new models will be 1920x1080.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (Apr 12, 2013)

these are mid-range models. They almost certainly won't have 1080p screens. They'll also be cheaper than the Note II

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photohounds
By photohounds (Apr 14, 2013)

hopefully they don't have to subsidies THESE phones as happens in US and AUS until now ..

http://www.tech-thoughts.net/2013/03/whats-wrong-us-smartphone-market.html#.UUhsC1uqRYg

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ConanFuji
By ConanFuji (Apr 11, 2013)

I love my Note II. It's fast and everything I need. I give it a 98/100 rating.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Apr 11, 2013)

Terrible specs for a phone and a tablet - welcome to 2010. Waste of effort and resources Samsung. Stick to making the Note III even better than the Note II

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (Apr 11, 2013)

these are placed below the Note II in the Samsung line-up, they're not meant to be top-end devices and this will hopefully be reflected in the pricing :-)

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Mike Collins
By Mike Collins (Apr 11, 2013)

Perfect if you want to look totally ridiculous talking on the phone. If people will buy them, then more power to Samsung for making them but its not my cup of tea. My dufus phone was the Hitachi G1000 back in the PocketPC Phone days, and it was HUGE. I have been happy with the pre-5 iPhone size and hope the smaller size devices continue to be common.

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Josegaut
By Josegaut (Apr 15, 2013)

What's ridiculous ? The Galaxy Note 1 was considered ridiculous at the time, now its size seems perfectly normal for almost everybody.

I have the Galaxy Note 1 and it's a great device for professional use. The stylus is a must-have for me (use it every day) and my only minor gripe with the 5.1" screen is that the calendar, in monthly view, is somewhat small.

6" would be a 17% increase, would still fit in my jacket's pockets, could still be used for phone calls (and I haven't specially big hands), would be better for a lot of apps.

What's even better (for me, not for Samsung), I think that I would completely leave the idea of purchasing a tablet. This would be the perfect all-in-one device for me.

So, ridiculous ? Not for everyone ;-)

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giornata
By giornata (Apr 15, 2013)

I have a Note I, and I think it's great. I couldn't give a damn if other people think I look ridiculous using the phone.

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xlynx9
By xlynx9 (Apr 11, 2013)

The reason the galaxy tabs make terrible phones in practise is their terrible mic and lack of an ear piece. Maybe they'd be usable via Bluetooth (which would also mitigate Morrisism).

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BRPWS
By BRPWS (Apr 11, 2013)

out of control.

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BoFiS
By BoFiS (Apr 11, 2013)

Ugh, STOP IT, basically everything 4.3" and above is too big to hold and use in one hand...our hands have not grown in the last couple of years, why have our phones?! Also all that extra space is silly if you're just going to fill half the home screen with an even-larger clock/weather widget.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (Apr 11, 2013)

My phone is 4.7-inch and perfectly hold- and usable with one hand...I guess it all depends on the size of your hands :-)

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xlynx9
By xlynx9 (Apr 11, 2013)

My 5.5 inch is fine with 1 hand on the phone. I use 2 hands most of the time while chatting, browsing etc. Is that okay?

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Framer
By Framer (Apr 11, 2013)

No everyone has small hands. My original Note is perfect for me... 4.3" is too small!

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carlosdelbianco
By carlosdelbianco (Apr 11, 2013)

Not everyone keeps looking at home screen.

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h2k
By h2k (Apr 12, 2013)

Yes, if a "phone" is mostly used like a computer and not stored in a trousers pocket and not held to your ear, the size doesn't matter that much. Well maybe then you shouldn't even call it phone any more.

And i know people - even certain populations - who will happily show off something BIGGER, whether that makes sense or not. Size matters sometimes.

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wetsleet
By wetsleet (Apr 12, 2013)

most people spend most of their time on a smartphone NOT using it as a telephone. Why sacrifice the 80% utility for the sake of your insecurities over what you think other people might think you look like the other 20% of the time when you are holding it to your face?

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bushi
By bushi (Apr 12, 2013)

Bad Samsung, BAD! Too big phones, unnecessary, ridiculous, blahblahblah.

...meanwhile, Samsung laughs all their way to the bank, cashing in from their diverse product portfolio, that SOMEHOW, most consumers find attractive - and at the end of the day, that's what matters most.

Howgh!

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Vested
By Vested (Apr 13, 2013)

Is somenone making you buy these? Otherwise why would you make a big deal about Samsung making products other people enjoy?

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photohounds
By photohounds (Apr 14, 2013)

People seem to forget we spend AT LEAST 10x as much TIME looking looking at it - (say; text, email or web browsing) than you do with the phone to your ear.

Post 2010, these things are mostly used as computers that also make calls, NOT the other way around.

Little phones are quite useless unless you use a small pocket as the "measure of importance" to suit a justification (or marketing) argument.

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
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cntlaw
By cntlaw (Apr 14, 2013)

Larger displays have all the advantages over smaller, unfortunatley the heavier the device the easier to break when drop it. I will stay with S3 and S4 because I am outing a lot.

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