Samsung's 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega phablet to launch in US Aug. 22nd

In April, Samsung announced their biggest smartphone yet, the 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega, blowing away the size of the display for the previous 5.5 inch Galaxy Note II. While the Android phablet launched in a number of countries in Europe earlier this year, along with South Korea, it will finally reach the US later this month.

Samsung's press release says that AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular will offer the Galaxy Mega to its subscribers. AT&T will be first out of the gate, selling the smartphone on August 22nd for $149.99 with a two year contract. Sprint and US Cellular have yet to announce any specific launch dates or prices for their versions of the phone

The phablets, which comes either in white or black, has the following hardware stats:

  • 1.7 GHz dual core processor
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 16 GB of onboard storage with microSD slot for up to 64 GB of extra storage
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.9 megapixel front facing camera
  • Android 4.2.2 OS

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note III, which should also have a large screen but with more powerful hardware inside, on September 4th.

Source: Samsung on Business Wire | Image via Samsung

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drazgoosh said,
Dual core processor running Android 4.2.2 on a 6.3" screen... Don't like where this is heading.

I tend to agree....

The GPU is likely to be quad-core to help out in the pixel-driving aspect. And Project Butter for Jelly Bean will help as well.

drazgoosh said,
Dual core processor running Android 4.2.2 on a 6.3" screen... Don't like where this is heading.
You are confusing screen resolution vs screen size. It's only a 720p display according to the press release, so its performance should just be fine.

Windows Phone 8 is better suited for blending phone/tablet experiences, but this is nice none-the-less. I'd carry a Bluetooth ear piece so it doesn't look so awkward in making traditional phone calls (non-Skype / video chat).

What are you talking about? Android has been making tablets way before that windows 8 tiled mess was created.
Android provides a great experience for tablets.

JasonMiles said,
What are you talking about? Android has been making tablets way before that windows 8 tiled mess was created.
Android provides a great experience for tablets.

and what are you talking about? Windows was creating phablets/tablets way before android was even founded. Office integration on Microsoft's own software is a big advantage and I agree with him that Microsoft's phablet/tablet is better.
by the way as far as experience goes on android tablet. except for samsung tablets and google play edition the rest of them suffers performance issues. dropped frames, inconsistencies and crashes. Speaking as a person who used to own many of those.

JasonMiles said,
What are you talking about? Android has been making tablets way before that windows 8 tiled mess was created.
Android provides a great experience for tablets.

I fail to see how the live tile implementation is a "mess". Can you expand on this? Android's widgets, while a great idea, makes the Android home screen(s) not as clean as they could be, unless you get all your widgets from the same developer with the same design philosophy.

You can get those like you say. Plus Android has multiple Desktops (home screens). Something that Windows Phone lacks in design. It's flawed in my opinion.

I seriously and going to laugh when I start seeing people use these against their face. 5 inch needs to be the cut off phone use. 5-7 is more like mini tablet

Specs are really not what I would expect from something like this.. I would have thought that they would have gone with a quad or an octacore for starters. More like 2gb of ram and give me a 1920x1080 screen then maybe we'll talk.

And 4.2.2? Really? Wheres the 4.3? Seems like kind of a waste.

panacea said,
Yeah, it does not really sound MEGA as all. A mid spec phablet should not be called MEGA.

It's not a phablet and mega has nothing to do with spwcs...its the size.

S3P€hR said,
samsung is back on dual-core now after going all the way up to octa-core?

This isnt a premium model. Duh. Carrying the Galaxy name dowsnt make it premium. Only the S and Note are the premium models

Interesting phone, the specs let it down though. I have a Note 2, which is 5.5" and if you mostly use your phone for texting/browsing/video/games etc then the screen size becomes a case of 'more the better'. It's still more portable than a tablet though (plus has phone functionality).

If you are concerned with using the phone, as a phone. No not so good. You can always use hands free though.

I think this just reflects that phone and tablet usage are kinda merging. Some people want one device, not two. Something that sits between a tablet and a phone. Apple could do well to bring something to match the 'Note' products. The stylus can be quite a useful tool, and I think in Apples hands would be much more fully realized (Samsung's implementation is good but not fantastic).

To the write, please understand what a phablet is. Size alone doesnt make it a phablet. Havong tablet like apps alone doesnt make it a phablet...having a stylus doesnt make it a phablet. Its all 3 combine that create the category. Would you call a Galaxy S 4 a phablet?

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