Samsung appears well and truly committed to its ‘phablet’ line having today confirmed the launch of two more giant smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3.
Just this morning rumours were circulating regarding the apparent specifications of the duo and Samsung has put an end to the speculation by confirming the latest additions to its wildly popular Galaxy series. The Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 monikers refer to their respective display sizes but there’s more to choose between the models than just real estate.
The Galaxy Mega 6.3 (above) is the more powerful of the two, packing a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 3,200mAh battery, 4G LTE connectivity and either 8GB or 16GB storage. Elsewhere we have an 8-megapixel front camera and 1.9-megapixel front shooter, an 8mm thick body, a microSD card slot to bring storage up to 64GB, and the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 (below) has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a 2,600mAh battery, 3G connectivity, and comes in an 8GB version only. Though a little thicker at 9mm, the Mega 5.8 packs the same cameras, card slot, and software as its big brother.
Despite these reasonable specs, question marks are likely to be raised over the quality of those giant screens. The Mega 6.3 sports a 1280x720 display which comes in at just 233ppi, while the Mega 5.8’s 960x540 screen yields a disappointing 190ppi. As a point of comparison, the more compact 4.7in display on the HTC One boasts 468ppi.
But size does provide room to work and play, and Samsung has been keen to emphasise the array of extra features available on the Galaxy Megas – many of which we saw for the first time in the presentation of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - such as content-sharing ‘Group Play’, ‘Samsung WatchON’ which turns the device into a TV remote, and the quick-fire ‘S Translator’ service.
The South Korean manufacturer will unleash the Galaxy Mega in Europe from May, though a specific UK release date and pricing details have not yet been revealed.