Samsung has announced that the 6.3-inch version of its latest phone-tablet hybrid, the Samsung Galaxy Mega, will be coming to the US.
AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular have since confirmed that they will be carrying the device. The latter two have not given specific pricing or availability details just yet, but AT&T says that it will start offering the Mega on August 23. It can be had there for either $150 with a two-year contract or $24 per month under AT&T’s Next plan.
As a refresher, the Galaxy Mega is effectively a supersized version of the Galaxy S4. That massive screen has a 720×1280 resolution, and it’s powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.2.2 under Samsung’s TouchWiz skin, sports an 8-megapixel camera, and comes with the bevy of software features found in the company’s flagship.
But its screen is still 6.3 inches, which makes it something of an experiment for Samsung. High-powered smartphones have gotten increasingly larger screens over the years, while 7-inch tablets have exploded in popularity compared to their 10-inch counterparts. With the Mega, Samsung is trying to find a happy medium between the two.
Samsung has thrown an inordinate amount of screen sizes at the market as time has passed, a strategy that has helped make it the most widely used phone maker in the world. So the Mega makes sense in that context. But unless you’re a giant, the Mega won’t likely fit in your pocket, nor will it be operable with one hand.
Samsung has the marketing muscle and carrier support to make the Mega popular, but whether or not there’s any demand for a “phablet” that’s even bigger than the already-huge (yet very popular) Galaxy Note II is still up in the air. Either way, we should find out soon.
Source: Samsung (via Business Wire)