Samsung Confirms Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 Phablets

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Samsung today announced two of it’s newest entries in its Galaxy line of handsets: the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3. Previous leaks had suggested as much, but the Korean tech giant confirmed that the fittingly-named devices will continue the trend of phone-tablet hybrids by sporting massive 5.8- and 6.3-inch screens, respectively. That makes them bigger than Samsung’s existing Galaxy Note II, which has a 5.5-inch display. Samsung says the two new phablets will land in Europe and Russia this May, with a gradual rollout in other unspecified markets after that.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8Specifications for the devices appear to be relatively mid-range. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is the slightly more premium of the two, as it comes with a 720p display, a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of expandable storage, a 3200 mAh battery, LTE and HSPA+ connectivity, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a mostly similar spec sheet, though it has a 960 x 540 qHD display, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a 2600 mAh battery, and no LTE connectivity.

As far as build quality goes, the devices don’t appear to differ too much from their fellow Galaxy devices. That means there’ll likely be more synthetic, plastic-y textures on the way, which in turn means that there’ll likely be more people griping about its quality.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8On the software side, both of the super-sized phones are running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay. They’ll both sport some of the features already announced for the Galaxy S4 like Group Play for wirelessly sharing content, WatchON for using the included IR blaster as a TV remote, Drama Shot for makeshift GIF creating, and Multi Window for using two applications side-by-side. The Mega 6.3 does get exclusive access to Air View, though, which lets users hover over a piece of media to preview it.

No pricing details have been revealed just yet, though the specs here likely mean that the Megas will be cheaper than the Galaxy S4’s $250 price tag. TG also assumes Samsung will include its S Pen stylus for these big displays, but it has reached out to the company for clarification and will update accordingly.

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  1. Barney Morisette

    These should ship with Bluetooth headsets.