KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung unveiled yet another duo of Android smartphones on Thursday, the 6.3in and 5.8in Galaxy Mega handsets.
The 6.3in Samsung Galaxy Mega, besides being far too big to be classed as a smartphone, is a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Its mid-range label is evident from the handset's specifications, which include a 6.3in HD 720p screen and a dual-core 1.7GHz processor.
The phone runs the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is skinned in Samsung's Touchwiz UI. Unlike the Galaxy Note, however, this doesn't include support for a stylus. However, it does include some of the feature set to debut on the Samsung Galaxy S4, including Group Play music sharing.
Other specifications of the mammoth 6.3in Galaxy Mega include an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, 4G support, a 3,200mAh battery and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. All that and the phablet measures just 8mm thick.
The more reasonably sized but still far too big 5.8in Samsung Galaxy Mega packs a more modest specifications sheet than its sibling. While it also runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, it features a slower dual-core 1.4GHz processor and a 2,600mAh battery under the bonnet.
Still, it has the same 8MP rear-facing and 1.9MP front-facing cameras, 8GB of storage expandable to 64GB and support for HSDPA+ connectivity.
"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 at 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."
Samsung said that its Galaxy Mega lineup will be available in Europe from May, although there's no word on pricing or release date(s) yet. µ
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