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Samsung to Introduce Galaxy “Mega” Phones, 5.8″ and 6.3″ Handsets

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Samsung is at the forefront of embracing a “bigger is better” lifestyle with the size of smartphone displays. According to sources of SamMobile, Samsung’s upcoming Fonblets will now be called the Galaxy Mega line. The manufacturer currently plans to release two Galaxy Mega phones this year, a 5.8″ and a 6.3″. 

It was previously reported that the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 would sport a 6.3″ display, but then it was toned back a bit to just 5.9″. Beyond the size of their displays, little is known about the two monsters, but color me somewhat excited. If I had to guess, we could see these devices possibly in time for IFA and then a holiday release.

We have asked a million times, but how big is too big? 6.3″ is definitely getting there.

Via: SamMobile

  • Chevy Chase

    Was going to purchase a Note 2 off contract on VZW, but I’m thinking I’ll stick with my Galaxy Nexus for a bit longer to get this.

  • RicoDelicioso

    My interest. It is piqued. According to my girlfriend, 6 inches is perfect. If she’s happy, I’m happy.

  • http://gplus.to/boojay boo Jay

    I’m one of the biggest Apple haters out there, but because of manufacturers like Samsung making these absurdly huge phablets, I would consider getting an iPhone if options for high-end regular sized phones are no longer available.

  • T_Dizzle

    I thought I would never buy another Samsung but at 6.3 inches, I’m interested.

  • Bionic

    Yanno what wont be the size of a gorilla hand? The X phone. 5 inches is the perfect screen size in my humble opinion.

  • MentatYP
  • Dominick_7

    Sweet, bring it on, very interested to see how they design these bigger screen models and which gets the sPen.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fengzhe77 Joe Feng

    Um, April 1st was yesterday.

  • P

    Me Want, Me Want. Me Want Big Phone Long Long time.

  • tjubb

    I have the Note2 and can’t imagine going any bigger. The Note2 is plenty big enough!

  • Rodeojones000

    This is asinine. The original Note was too big already. I just held up my Nexus 7 to my head and looked at myself in the mirror. I wanted to slap myself in the face for looking so ridiculous.

  • coolsilver

    I think my Thunderbolt is big enough that I almost feel like dropping it when trying to use one hand to tap something on the left side of screen.

    • Dominick_7

      The Thunderbolt was super heavy and thick. The Note 2 is thinner and much lighter, makes a big difference. If they can fit a larger screen on a more easy to handle device like the Note 2 is perhaps over the Note 1 (though I liked the design of that one too) I’m thinking they can do the same with a 5.9 inch screen or even 6.3 inch screen and make it work.

  • br_hermon

    Personally, I think this is ridiculous, but then again so are Hummers. Which is basically the point. I’d never use something so big, I think it looks awful and would be clunky. BUT for others, they may want that. Not everyone wants or drives the same size or style of car. Samsung is just taking the same principle and applying it to phones. And frankly they’re geniuses for doing it. Apple is too bull headed, and wants to tell people what they want. Meanwhile, Samsung is filling out and appeasing consumer demand. It’s a seemily miniscule “innovation” but it’s really a huge one. Smart move sammy.

    Unless Samsung abandons smaller sizes and only release phones of this size, then they’re fools, but I don’t see that happening.

    • Nowai

      It would be nice if Samsung et al catered to those smaller sizes, but alas they do not: outdated hardware with inferior screen tech.

    • Dain Laguna

      hummer went out of business…just fyi

      • Bionic

        Hummer did not go out of business, they still make vehicles for the military

  • sean.yesmunt

    When I heard there was going to be a 6.3″ screen, I was a little dissapointed, but I think I can handle 5.8″ in my hand…

    • nick rigsby

      “i can handle 5.8″ in my hand…”

      That’s what she said.

  • http://twitter.com/Bl4ckpheniX aaron nyquist

    My guess would be a increase of the display size while keeping the same outer dimensions as the note 2.

    • Tim242

      Not possible. The Note 2 has a small bezel.

  • http://twitter.com/itsyourboyerik Erik Julius

    stopppp

  • Dave

    I would tease or poke fun, but they’re whooping the stars out of every other OEM so badly, that this will probably be a success.

  • prestone1

    stop it

  • mechapathy

    Don’t stop until I can ride my phone to work.

    • Justin Swanson

      Like a magic carpet?

      /sings _I can show you the world…_

      • mechapathy

        LOL yes. Exactly like that.

  • Phil

    I personally think the 5.5 Note 2 is the upper limit. I don’t personally own one, but i have used a friends, and it borders on uncomfortable to hold. I don’t think any bigger would work for me. I am currently thinking I am going to get a GS3 rather than a note 2.

    • JoshGroff

      At that point, you might as well wait for the S4.

  • NexusPhan69

    Should have gone with Samsung Magnum.

  • zepfloyd

    April Fool’s was yesterday Samsung…

  • TOO BIG

    Just saw a segment on TV that talked about phablets. They say its just a fad and that something like 4% of these so called devices are being sold. Just don’t think there is much of a market for them. IMO

  • http://twitter.com/PhilD41 PhilD41

    I have to admit, I am torn. My GNex works well, but is cumbersome to easily consume and generate content on. However, for a phone it is perfect. I love the Nexus 7 for actual use, but would never feel right using it as a phone. This may be different for others that rely on Bluetooth headsets and the like, but I have never been a big fan of them. I can see the shift to a mobile PC (Tablet) that has phone capabilities and relies on accessories such as watches or headsets to make them more usable. I don’t think the general population is there yet, I know I am not. I still need a phone I can keep on me while both working and playing. The GNex is about the largest I would want for this.

  • zmpinqc
    • JoshGroff

      I can’t wait for the iMat, hopefully they release a new DDR for it.

    • Warwick

      lol at the iMat

    • Daniel Clifford

      is that Zombie Steve Jobs in 2014?

    • Jillxz

      zmpinqc ..I love it . I love hat iMat

    • Justin Swanson

      We missed the iBoard :(

  • Tim242

    6.3″ is the perfect size. Oh wait, we’re talking about screens. Never mind.

    • Austin Warren

      Oh Tim, you crack me up.

    • Dylan Patel

      Ok, just tell your self that Tim.

    • gesoflip

      haha get it.. like dicks

  • mustbepbs

    Hey, Samsung: Megaphones already exist. You’re late.

    • Tim242

      Haha good one!

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  • Jeff C

    6.3 inches. you should be able to remove a tiny phone to put up to your ear with it being that big.

  • Edwin Mann

    My note 2 is a good size BUT with the ottorbox it’s pushing it. I dunno about anything bigger then 5.5

  • r0lct

    Well a 5.8 could very well be the exact same size phone as the current Note 2. However the 6.3 I would think would require a on screen buttons and be near edge to edge.to be usable at all with one hand.

  • Justin Kos

    Awesome? Yes totally…practical? Not really

  • enigmaco

    That works for us big guys lol

  • r0lct

    Tim, you’re one day late on this one… :P

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      People would have just thought it was an April Fools joke :P

      • Nowai

        Had to double-check the date as-is

  • not big enough

    As my wife how big is too big…lol.

  • Nashdrtoid

    Apple is so far behind, it’s not even funny! What’s their next screen size bump…4.3″? Geez…owning an iPhone is just going to get silly this year.

    • Nashdrtoid

      Allow me to correct myself. It’s already silly, it’s just going to get beyond ridiculous this year.

    • Nowai

      Yeah, owning a phone that one can hold with a single hand is so out of style! Bring on the backpack phone. It could even fit 2 car batteries for extra power!

    • Rodeojones000

      At the risk of defending the iPhone, not everyone has a problem with the screen size. I personally think anything bigger than 4.5″ is overkill.

    • Dain Laguna

      even as someone who finds ios boring at times, i can attest to the concept of how nice a smaller phone is. 4.8 is my limit. its nice doing things one handed. I dont have huge hands and the concept of it being bigger, therefore better, is silly.

      • Dominick_7

        Big difference between something YOU consider silly and something that is actually silly in itself. Because you find it silly doesn’t mean it actually is or that others would agree with you. Leap in logic. Invalid. Also silly.

        • DroidDoesnt_2

          I agree with him…a 6.3 inch phone is utterly ridiculous

          • Dominick_7

            That’s what whiners said about 5 inch smartphones. Since 5 inch screens have basically become the norm I’m guessing they mostly stopped whining. If people want them and buy them your opinion will stick as much as your copy cat wambulances whined in reference to 5 inch phones. If a person wants the convenience even to be able to make a phone call on their 7 or 8 inch tablet you only galvanize yourself by calling that silly while that becomes the norm and your opinion is rendered moot.

          • DroidDoesnt_2

            You must have one of those big garage door openers….

          • Dominick_7

            Confusing me for yourself and your monster truck I guess. We’re only talking about a one or two inch difference.

      • Tim242

        4.8 is not your limit. Samsung just made the GS4 5″, but slightly smaller body size than the 4.8″ screen GS3.

        • Justin Swanson

          Ultimately the preference is up to the User. Some prefer ‘smaller’ phones in the 4.5~4.8 ballpark. Others (like me) would love a Nexus device up around 5.5~6.3…

          • Tim242

            I was just pointing out that it’s the phone size that determines usability, not screen size. He will be able to handle the 5″ screen GS4 better than the 4.8″ screen GS3, since it is slightly smaller and thinner

          • Justin Swanson

            Very good point. That should also be brought up when we’re talking about “screen size”. Screen size of 6.3″ on a 6.5″ device not be as large as it sounds (think putting the device inside the screen of a N7). My wife has a Note 2. i think the device size is probably close to 6.5″.

            Here in Korea, Samsung also did a market campaign for a larger device. I think it was a Galaxy Grand for older people or people with bad eye sight. This could be another push to that market or for people who spend a lot of time on public transit where watching something on a ~4.5″ display isn’t ideal.

    • DroidDoesnt_2

      Put a 6.3 inch phone to your ear and we’ll see who looks silly…

      • http://www.facebook.com/GregoryNDean Gregory Dean

        putting a 6.3″ to a 10″ ear would work just fine.

    • michael arazan

      But people who want the larger screens are people who are streaming media and videos a lot, especially now that screens are more clearer and in true hd. I’m 6’2 and my GNex is tiny for me, a 5.5-6.5 device would be comfortable to hold for me.

  • Austin Warren

    Bring it on. There will be the whiners and the enjoyers.

  • BWOOD

    6.3 is too big for a phone especially when we have the Nexus 7 as a tablet…4-5 inch range IMO is ideal for phones

    • Austin Warren

      Nexus 7 can fit in my pocket and most peoples pockets. Take off the huge bezel and the nexus 7 is perfect as a phone size with 7in of screen.

      • Nowai

        What sort of giant pocket purse world are you living in? Even my severely oversized jeans that I wear for comfort could not fit a Nexus 7.

        • Geoff Johnson

          Stop wearing skinny jeans. My Nexus 7 fits fine in my Levis.

          • Nowai

            Dood, they are not skinny jeans – these look like cargo on me. Y’all are huge!

          • Butters619

            I wear Levis and a Nexus 7 won’t fit. I joke about it going in my pocket all the time, but it’s not going in.

          • Dain Laguna

            my nexus7 fits fine in my skinny jeans.

            but i wouldnt want to talk with it.

          • Justin Swanson

            If it had less bezel, I could see myself talking on it…

        • LionStone

          What!? Even with my regular jeans, my N7 fits in my back pocket no problem.

          • Nowai

            Would you want to carry your phone in your back pocket? Can you comfortably sit down with an N7 in your back pocket?

          • LionStone

            I was replying to your comment about the N7 and it actually does fit in my front pocket too. Would I want a phone that big for every day, no…but does it fit in a pocket, yes.

          • Nowai

            Fair, fair

          • Justin Swanson

            No. I take it out of my pocket first…

          • Jillxz

            You gotta be wearing overalls , lol

        • Ibrick

          Word! JNCO 4 Life!

        • http://twitter.com/TwinShadow_SH Ryan

          As someone who wears quite small-sized jeans, my Nexus 7 will not fit in my pockets. Plus, I would look absolutely RIDICULOUS holding such a device to my ear in public going “Hey dude, what’s up?” or something.

  • Nowai

    I really hope one of these manufacturers comes out with a “Mini” phone! :(
    In this age of ever-growing phones, there seems to be little effort to make “actually good” small phones – it’s all “budget”.

    • noc007

      The SGS3 Mini already exists and a SGS4 Mini is slated to be released as well.

      • Justin Swanson

        I think the problem @Norwai was referencing was the fact that he wants a ‘Mini’ phone with flagship specs… I can understand that. But I am not in favor of it.

        • Nowai

          That’s exactly it! I really wish they had real options that Android used to be all about. “Choices” now include high-end+big or small+low-end. There is no real option for small (or moderately sized) + high-end, and keeping in tune with the latest and greatest in tech it would be disappointing having to go to last years technology just for the size.
          I think the “mini” versions are ok for some consumers, most of whom don’t even really care that much which exact version of Android they are on, but for enthusiasts (like the majority of droid-life), they are not a good pick.

          • Dominick_7

            But what’s the point of having high end specs on a 2-3 inch screen you need a microscope for?

          • Nowai

            Come now, at no point was such an entertainingly small size discussed. The S3/S4 mini phones have 4.3″ screens. Removing the physical buttons this same phone can either be shrunk, or they could even fit a 4.5″ screen in that space! Either option would result in a significantly smaller phone than even the SGS3. This however would put it really close in screen size to the GNex and the SGS3, which have plenty of real estate to use any extra power.

            Essentially, I’d like to see high power in a single-handed size: even with the SGS3 now, I cannot reach across the screen without pressing either the back or the options button, which can get aggravating if you are trying to call or text someone while your hands are busy.

  • nvitone23

    It all depends on how much bezel there is around the phone, but with an edge-to-edge display, I draw the line around 5 to 5.5 inches.

  • http://twitter.com/dtriscari19 David Triscari

    6.3 just seems comical, but we said the same about the OG Note

    • Gr8Ape

      it does seem comical at this stage when we are so used to holding our phone to our ears. i’m not ready to purchase a 6.3+ phone just yet, but with all the wireless headsets, and all the phone peripherals (watches, and so on, so you know who’s calling), improving noise cancellation tech, and the success of tablets, it is only a matter of time for the transition. the only thing that really separates tablets and phones at this point is the voice support.

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      I remember the same was said about OG Droid X.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Erickson/563313398 Travis Erickson

    Yeah I’m going to get at least the 5.8″ and maybe flirt with the 6.3″

  • Jordan Marrie

    No. Samsung, you are drunk.

    • Austin Warren

      Their RnD department is smoking the good stuff.

      • Dave

        You mean the same R&D department that is currently making a joke of all other OEM? Granted it sounds weird, but I’d bet the farm they succeed.

        • Joey

          What are you doing betting the farm on such frivolous things?

          • Dave

            Well, technically the “farm” is a $200k home sitting on ⅓ acre. My point is just that their business model has been doing nothing but bowling strikes for about 12-18 months, and no other OEM seems to even pose a minor threat at this stage.

        • jxcgunrunna

          Their R&D is mediocre at best. Its their marketing department and their budget that’s killing other OEMs

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      whoops, a day late. what time is it in korea?

    • Tim242

      Their GS4 presentation proved they were drinking too much…now they’re begging for an intervention.

    • JoshGroff

      Correction: Go home Samsung, you are drunk.