It is sort of weird to write about a handset that I have used for quite some time here in India – but is still to make it to the US. I am talking about the Samsung Galaxy Mega. This device was first announced back in April 2013 and was subsequently launched in a bunch of emerging markets. The “Mega” range from Samsung included two handsets – the “smaller” Mega 5.8 and the monstrous Mega 6.3. The Mega 6.3 is the one slated to land in the US. Very soon.
Having handled the Mega 6.3 for a brief time, let me say at the outset that it is one intimidating handset – that’s until you come across the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Anyway, that doesn’t take anything away from the Mega which in itself is huge and makes the likes of the Galaxy Note II look puny in comparison.
Anyway, news is that this huge 6.3-inch phablet will soon be available through AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular in the US. Quickly confirming the development, AT&T said it will start selling the Mega on Aug. 23 for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Sprint has confirmed that the phone would be coming “later this year”.
The Galaxy Mega 6.3 gets a 720*1280 pixel SC-LCD display and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The phablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual core chip that runs at 1.7GHz. There is 1.5GB of internal RAM and a removable 3,200 mAh battery. The graphics is handled by the Adreno 305. Apart from the internal storage memory of 8/16 GB, you can expand the same further using micro SD cards. The Mega 6.3 boasts of an 8-megapixel rear camera as well as a 1.9 megapixel front camera. The rear camera can also capture videos in full HD resolution. Thanks to the huge display real estate, the Mega 6.3 will support multi window applications. This means, you can watch a full HD movie while also taking a glance at live cricket scores – at the same time.
With Samsung readying to launch the next generation Note phablet at the IFA expo later next month, it was important that the company had a decent portfolio of large screened phablets on sale in the US. The Mega 6.3 seem to perfectly fit the bill. Would you flock to the stores to get your hands on one of these when it is launched next week?