Samsung was the company that started the phablet category of smartphones through its Galaxy Note smartphone. At the time it was considered something that was doomed to be failed but now, as we know, phablet has become an amazingly popular category and while Samsung still leads in the category, it doesn't want to miss out on the mid-range category buyers and hence to tap this category, Samsung has unveiled Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
First up is Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. It is a 6.3" phablet with a 720p IPS LCD display and is powered by an Exynos 5250 chipset featuring 2 Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.7 GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.2 JellyBean with Samsung's TouchWiz running atop of it incorporating all the tricks (like Multi-Windows) Samsung's own Note 2 has. Unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Mega 6.3 lacks the amazing S-pen.
On the connectivity side, it is equipped with everything a flagship smartphone of today is and there is even a thing more. It is wi-fi ac ready apart from b/g/n, LTE, NFC, IR emitter and Bluetooth 4.0 being on board as well.Galaxy Mega 6.3 features an 8 MP back camera which is capable of 1080p shooting and a more modest 1.9 MP camera on the front for video calls.
Although the overall footprint (167.6 X 88 X 8.0 mm) of the phone is understandably monstrous, it is just 8mm thick (or thin?). The device weighs at 199g and is powered by a 3200 mAh battery. It comes with two internal memory options of 8 GB and 16 GB with expandable up to an addition 64 GB storage with the help of the given micro SD slot.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
The smaller sibling of Galaxy Mega 5.8 is a true mid-range smartphone. It has a 5.8" qHD screen and is powered by a more modest 1.4 GHz Exynos 5250 processor but has the same 1.5 gigs of RAM. Also, the advanced connectivity options such as wi-fi ac, NFC, IR emitter and LTE have also been axed off from the package.
Other things that have changed is the size (162.6 X 82.4 X 9.0 mm) and weight which is now ligher 182g. The battery has also shrank from the 3200 mAh one in Mega 6.3 to 2600 mAh in this one.
The only that hasn't changed is the camera unit. This one also has a 8 MP 1080p back shooter and a 1.9 MP front camera.
As far as the availability goes, these will be available in Europe and Russia from the month of May. According to JK Shin, Samsung sees a lot of potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing and more. While these smartphones have a very large size and may be irksome for many folks, they are still already attracting quite an amount of attention.