Samsung announces insanely big Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphones

Samsung announces insanely big Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphones

Is that a Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphone in your pocket or are you really, really happy to see me?

That may well be the question asked to anyone strutting around with Samsung’s monster new handset, Galaxy Mega 6.3, a beast of a thing that straddles the gray area between phone and tablet rather precariously.

Samsung announces insanely big Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphones

Packing a mahoosive 6.3-inch screen size, the handset runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, comes with a dual-core processor, with up to 64GB of internal storage .

Also bundled in the package are the usual slew of Samsung apps like Group Play, S Translator, S Travel and ChatON.

Samsung say the new phone is ultra-thin and portable enough to put in a pocket or held in one hand, and mixes up popular smartphone and tablet features – like split screen multitasking  – to provide a compelling user experience.

Two sizes: big and even bigger

There’s two flavours on offer: the Mega 6.3 has a a 6.3-inch 720p display, LTE connectivity, 8GB/16GB of storage and 1.7GHz dual-core processor, while the smaller-but-still-big Mega 5.8-inch model has a qHD display, HSPA connectivity, 8GB of storage, and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor.

Both handsets come with  an 8-megapixel camera, microSD slot, 1.5GB of RAM and the ultra handy IR port for controlling televisions.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but given their mid-range specs, we reckon they’ll come in below the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S 4.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega should roll out in May across Europe and Russia, with other markets to follow.

Check out  UberGizmo’s early hands on with the 6.3 – their verdict? “Impressive.”

Samsung announces insanely big Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphones

 

 

Samsung GALAXY Mega 6.3 Product Specifications:

 

Network

LTE100/50Mbps, HSPA+21/5.76

Display

6.3-inch (159.7mm) HD TFT  

Processor

1.7GHz Dual Core AP 

OS 

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

 

Main (Rear): 8 megapixel rear-facing camera

Sub (Front): 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera

 

Camera Feature

 

Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range),

 

Sound & Shot, Sports, , Continuous shot

 

 

Video

 

 

3GP, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV

Audio

MP3, M4A, MP4, 3GP, 3GA, WMA, OGG, OGA, AAC, FLAC

Services 

Additional 

Features

Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games 

Story Album, S Translator

Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play

Samsung ChatON mobile communication service 

Samsung WatchON

Samsung Link, S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice 2.0

Google Mobile

Services

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude,

 

Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,

Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search

 

Connectivity

Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct

BT 4.0(BLE), USB 2.0 H/S

GPS+GLONASS, NFC, MHL

 

Sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyroscope

Memory

8/16GB Internal Memory (microSD up to 64GB) + 1.5GB RAM

Dimension

167.6 x 88 x 8.0 mm , 199g 

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,200 mAh  

 

 

 

 

Samsung GALAXY Mega 5.8 Product Specifications

Network

HSPA+21/5.76

Display

5.8-inch (147mm) QHD TFT   

Processor

1.4GHz Dual Core AP 

OS 

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

 

Main (Rear): 8 megapixel rear-facing camera

Sub (Front): 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera

 

Camera Feature

 

Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range),

 

Sound & Shot, Sports, , Continuous shot

 

 

Video

 

 

MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Audio

MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, 

MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Services 

Additional 

Features

Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games 

Story Album, S Translator

Multi Window, Pop Up Play

Samsung ChatON mobile communication service 

Samsung WatchON

Samsung Link, S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice 2.0

Google Mobile

Services

 

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude,

Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,

Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search

 

 

Connectivity

Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct

BT 4.0(BLE), USB 2.0 H/S

GPS+GLONASS

 

Sensor

Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Light, Gyroscope

Memory

8GB Internal Memory (microSD up to 64GB) + 1.5GB RAM

Dimension

162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 mm,  182g 

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 2,600 mAh  

 

* Availability and launching time of the services may differ by region.

* Android, Google, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads and Voice Search are trademarks of Google Inc.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

 

 

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

Samsung announces insanely big Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphones

Samsung press release:

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY Mega

April 11, 2013
New GALAXY Mega offers the latest smartphone features with an extensive viewing experience.

SEOUL, Korea, April 11, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the Samsung GALAXY Mega, a device that combines the portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet. 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.

“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Business, Samsung Electronics. “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.”

Best of Both Worlds

The GALAXY Mega is an ideal choice for customers who want to get the most out of one device that brings great quality at an even greater value. With a 6.3-inch HD LCD screen with landscape mode support, the GALAXY Mega enables an exceptional widescreen view for various applications including web browsing, video, and SNS.

The GALAXY Mega is also light and thin for incredible portability and easy, convenient mobile phone use. Customers can stay connected with a variety of new phone features including:

‘Group Play’: Enables easy content sharing for up to 8 devices on the same Wi-Fi network.
‘Samsung WatchON’: Transforms into an IR remote controller for a richer TV experience. Connect the device to your home entertainment system, and it will provide program recommendations, schedules, and even remotely control your TV.
‘Samsung Link’: Easily streams photos, videos, notes, or music to your television, tablet or computer.
‘S Translator’: Say or text what you need translated into the GALAXY Mega, and it will provide instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, and ChatON.
‘ChatON’: Share what’s on your screen with friends to stay more connected.
Productivity and Multimedia for the Multi-Tasker

GALAXY Mega users will accomplish more with the rich, interactive experience and increased usability of the widescreen mode. Split screen capability for a variety of applications including email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, and more, makes for increased efficiency. With the popular ‘Air View’ feature, customers can preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts.

The GALAXY Mega is equipped with an enhanced 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, along with a variety of camera modes including  ‘Drama Shot’(merging continuous shots of a moving object), ‘Sound & Shot’ (captures 9 seconds of sound and voice together as the picture is taken to capture moments), ‘Rich tone,’ ‘Sports’ and more. The device also packs various newly-introduced features for endless entertainment, including:

‘S Travel’: Provides trip information, local guides and resources and more
‘Story Album’: Allows customers to create albums of daily events, keep special moments in one place using a timeline, geo-tag information and publish digital albums in hard copy
For users seeking the same great tablet features with even more portability, Samsung is introducing the GALAXY Mega 5.8. This more compact version features a 5.8-inch screen.

Both GALAXY Mega 6.3 and 5.8 run on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience, and feature Dual Core Processor, spacious internal storage along with up to 64GB of expandable memory to store favorite apps, music, videos, photos and more. The devices’ advanced software also facilitates more efficient processor use for improved battery life, meaning users can enjoy longer talk time and multimedia use.

The GALAXY Mega will be available globally beginning May from Europe and Russia. The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually.

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