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Samsung Announces Galaxy Mega – Two Mid-range Phones With Massive 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch Displays

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The Galaxy Mega is official. Announced this morning by Samsung, we have two new Galaxy family members to welcome in, the Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3. Those numbers are in reference to their display size, in case you were wondering. Each has an “ultra-thin and portable” body, yet carries a similar feature-set to the much-more-high-end Galaxy S4. You’ll find Group Play, S Translator, Story Album, all the camera modes you could ever ask for,  and multi-window. Oh, you don’t care about software, you just want to know the specs? Well, let’s get right into that then. 

These are mid-range devices by today’s standards. The Mega 6.3 features a 6.3″ HD (720p) LCD display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 8/16GB internal storage, expandable microSD storage slot, 3200mAh battery, LTE and HSPA+ radios, and Android 4.2.

The Mega 5.8 on the other hand is even lower in ranks, with a 5.8″ qHD LCD display, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 2600mAh battery, 8GB internal storage (microSD slot too), and Android 4.2.

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Both devices will be available beginning in May from Europe and Russia. Who knows if they’ll ever come to the U.S., though I would kind of doubt it. Maybe to someone like Cricket or Virgin? No pricing was given.

So there you have it. Saddened by this news? Or are you taking this as a sign of what’s to come in the Note 3? Not specs, but size?

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Press Release

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY Mega

April 11, 2013

New GALAXY Mega offers the latest smartphone features with an extensive viewing experience.

SEOUL, Korea, April 11, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the Samsung GALAXY Mega, a device that combines the portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet. The newest addition to the GALAXY family balances an optimal viewing experience on a 6.3-inch HD screen, yet is ultra-thin and portable enough to put into a pocket or hold in one hand. The GALAXY Mega offers a mix of popular smartphone and tablet features such as an effortless user experience, a split screen, multitasking between video and other apps and more.

“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, 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.”

Best of Both Worlds
The GALAXY Mega is an ideal choice for customers who want to get the most out of one device that brings great quality at an even greater value. With a 6.3-inch HD LCD screen with landscape mode support, the GALAXY Mega enables an exceptional widescreen view for various applications including web browsing, video, and SNS.

The GALAXY Mega is also light and thin for incredible portability and easy, convenient mobile phone use. Customers can stay connected with a variety of new phone features including:

  • ‘Group Play’: Enables easy content sharing for up to 8 devices on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • ‘Samsung WatchON’: Transforms into an IR remote controller for a richer TV experience. Connect the device to your home entertainment system, and it will provide program recommendations, schedules, and even remotely control your TV.
  • ‘Samsung Link’: Easily streams photos, videos, notes, or music to your television, tablet or computer.
  • ‘S Translator’: Say or text what you need translated into the GALAXY Mega, and it will provide instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, and ChatON.
  • ‘ChatON’: Share what’s on your screen with friends to stay more connected.

Productivity and Multimedia for the Multi-Tasker
GALAXY Mega users will accomplish more with the rich, interactive experience and increased usability of the widescreen mode. Split screen capability for a variety of applications including email, messages, ‘MyFiles,’ ‘S Memo,’ ‘S Planner’, and more, makes for increased efficiency. With the popular ‘Air View’ feature, customers can preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, and speed dial contacts.
The GALAXY Mega is equipped with an enhanced 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, along with a variety of camera modes including ‘Drama Shot’(merging continuous shots of a moving object), ‘Sound & Shot’ (captures 9 seconds of sound and voice together as the picture is taken to capture moments), ‘Rich tone,’ ‘Sports’ and more. The device also packs various newly-introduced features for endless entertainment, including:

  • ‘S Travel’: Provides trip information, local guides and resources and more
  • ‘Story Album’: Allows customers to create albums of daily events, keep special moments in one place using a timeline, geo-tag information and publish digital albums in hard copy

For users seeking the same great tablet features with even more portability, Samsung is introducing the GALAXY Mega 5.8. This more compact version features a 5.8-inch screen.

Both GALAXY Mega 6.3 and 5.8 run on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience, and feature Dual Core Processor, spacious internal storage along with up to 64GB of expandable memory to store favorite apps, music, videos, photos and more. The devices’ advanced software also facilitates more efficient processor use for improved battery life, meaning users can enjoy longer talk time and multimedia use.

The GALAXY Mega will be available globally beginning May from Europe and Russia. The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually.

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* Availability and launching time of the services may differ by region.
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* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • Dorian Brooks

    If it cost less than the Note 8 I could see this as an alternative buy since I don’t like the bezel size of the Note 8. I’ll use it as a tablet, & throw in a T-Mo SIM. Only for the 6.3 though.

  • janderson4795

    Can’t wait to get the monster. Perfect for my giant hands.

  • Stoker

    Okay, I give up. I’m going to officially start referring to my 4g-tethered Nexus 7 as a “phone”.

  • RedEagle81

    The phablet is truly here…..

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  • anonymous12

    Samsung’s claim that they have sold more smartphones than any other company wouldn’t come as a shock since THEY RELEASE A BILLION DIFFERENT VERSION OF GALAXY EVERY YEAR.

  • anonymous

    I mean you would think Samsung would at least change the design. I mean HTC did it, why can’t they. I get how the iphone’s design language is the same since every year its the same upgraded device, same goes to the SIII and SIV, but all of Samsung’s phones are exactly alike in design. All they’re good at is marketing. Seriously, the SIII wouldn’t have sold so much if it was not because of their ads attacking Apple.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregyoung135 Gregory Young

    This is just getting ridiculous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

    Well if they already have this Mega series starting at 5.8 then the Note 3 should stay at 5.5 right? Honestly it doesn’t need to get any bigger lol

  • Alexander Garcia

    Call me cray-cray, but the design of the Mega 6.3 actually looks quite nice to my eyes. =)

  • Jeff

    I thought they were going to mention something like the NOTE 3!!! LOL

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

    Anyone else get the feeling these are market testing devices to see where to take the Note next? Bigger or warrant bigger?

  • paul_cus

    No and no, Samsung.

  • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

    All I can say is I no longer will EVER buy a samsung phone.

    • Tim242

      What? Go take your meds!

      • http://twitter.com/fr8cture Eric

        No, I have a gs3 and hate and now samsung is getting even dumber…

        • Tim242

          Getting dumber? Why does it bother you that they want to release a lot of choices, mostly in other markets? You shouldn’t let things that don’t affect you, bother you. That is dumb.

  • ddevito

    ..

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  • Austin Warren

    At least it’s running 4.2 lol

  • Mason Lammers

    Sign me up for the 6.3 and yes I am compensating for something…

  • stabone

    How is there not more confusion over Samsung devices? They all look the same.

  • John Davids

    Wow. You people actually want a phone this big? Call me old fashioned but I like a phone to, ya know, fit in my pocket. I know I know, I’m nuts.

    • Tim242

      I’m with you, I don’t want a phone that big. But, they will still fit in your pockets just fine. My Note 2 fits fine, with room to spare.

      • John Davids

        Just because its physically possible to jam something this large in a standard pocket doesn’t make it comfortable.

        • KOBALT

          Just because you wear tighter pants than the rest of us, doesn’t mean we need to conform our phone size preference to your personal standards.

        • Dr_Buttballs

          *insert a your mom joke here*

          • KOBALT

            Your mom makes my pants tighter. Ka-chow!

        • Big_EZ

          My Note 2 fits comfortably inside my change pocket.

          • Jordan Harrell

            I think the problem is people just assume the Note 2 is a giant. People who’s used it for any extended amount of time love it. I’m about 6 foot even, pretty average weight. The Note 2 fits great in my pocket, not uncomfortable at all.

            With that said, I wouldn’t want it much bigger. As it is right now I can use it with one hand without much of a problem.

    • KOBALT

      You’re old fashioned

    • http://twitter.com/howzball Mike

      Same here, ever tried to dig one of these giants out of your pants pocket while driving? And they say texting while driving is what’s gonna kill us all.

      At what point do we just move back to Dumb phones and all buy tablets with a data plan?

  • Bionic

    People bitchedddd when motorola came out with too many phones and now look what Samsung is doing.

    • Diablo81588

      Exactly! Bunch of damn hypocrites… Galaxy galaxy galaxy galaxy galaxy galaxy galaxy….

      • Tim242

        These are for different markets. Moto’s RAZR RAZR RAZR RAZR RAZR RAZR RAZR were all for Verizon, every two months. Big difference!

        • Diablo81588

          Every two months? That happened ONCE, with the razr and then the razr maxx. And, I count 5 RAZR phones TOTAL. Do I need to list the hundreds of galaxy phone, phablet and tablet variants?

          • Tim242

            Verizon had the original Galaxy S years ago. They skipeed the S2. They had the Droid Charge. They had the Galaxy Nexus, which was a Google phone. Now, they have the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. That is a list of 4 years.

            Motorola phones on Verizon in that same time frame:
            1. Motorola Droid
            2. Motorola Devour
            3. Motorola Droid X
            4. Motorola Droid 2
            5. Motorola Droid 3
            6. Motorola Droid 4
            7. Motorola Droid Bionic
            8. Motorola Droid RAZR.
            9. Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx
            10. Motorola Droid RAZR M
            11. Motorola Droid RAZR HD
            12. Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD
            Edit 13. I missed the Droid X2.

            That’s not even counting the multiple colors they released here and there.
            5 Samsung branded smart phones VS 13 for Motorola.

            I rest my case

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            you forgot the droid x2

          • Tim242

            Yeah, I added it. Wow, what a long list! Haha

          • Avery Dejuan Herron

            sorry get ready to edit again we forgot the r2-d2 and that other one where it look like a old BlackBerry I forgot the name of that one but it was aimed at business people.

          • Tim242

            Ohhhh. The Droid Pro. I had forgotten about that atrosity. Added. Thanks!

          • Diablo81588

            Your case was the number of RAZR variants, not the number of phones on Verizon. My case was the number of Samsung Galaxy variants. You asked for it, here you are.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy

            That in mind, that list doesn’t include the new phones mentioned in this article. And you say Motorola is bad?? I rest MY case.

          • Tim242

            The point is, all of those Galaxy phones aren’t on one carrier, or even in the same country. Motorola released 13 phones on one carrier in 4 years, Samsung just 5. It doesn’t matter what brand they slap on them…it’s too many phones. Pay attention.

          • Diablo81588

            Motorola’s main customer is Verizon, so naturally they would release most of their phones through that carrier. Just because Samsung has more of a global presence, which until recently, didn’t include much on Verizon, doesn’t mean they’re any better for releasing MANY times more galaxy branded phones.

            You’re also straying off topic. Stop changing the subject just because I proved your initial argument incorrect.

          • Tim242

            You didn’t prove anything incorrect. I first stated that the difference was different markets. Then after somebody spewed Galaxy Galaxy Galaxy, I spewed back with RAZR RAZR RAZR. They’re all Droids, so my point stands. The two phones in this article aren’t even being released in the US.

          • Tim242

            Oh wait, I have to edit my list. I forgot the R2D2 and Droid pro.

            THAT’S 15 PHONES IN 4 YEARS!

          • Diablo81588

            I counted, wait for it, 60 GALAXY PHONES IN 4 YEARS! 60! If you want to include phablets and tablets, that number jumps to 72! That’s 72 Galaxy branded devices in 4 years! 74 if you include the worthless devices listed in this article!

          • Tim242

            You are dancing around the point. Samsung releases worldwide, Moto doesn’t. Samsung doesn’t flood individual markets. You are just mad Sammy is on top and Moto is sinking.

          • Diablo81588

            I actually couldn’t care less who is on top. I buy whatever I feel is the best device to fit my needs. I own hundreds of different brands of devices.

          • Tim242

            Samsung has fewer Galaxy models in the US than Moto has Droids. Regardless, that’s how they roll. It does not affect you. I had a Galaxy Nexus for a year. I have a Galaxy Note 2 now. I am going to be switching to the Galaxy S4 when it comes out. The only Galaxy I care about is the one in my hand. I couldn’t care less how many others are out there.

    • http://twitter.com/Rkahla Rob Kahla

      it’s in Russia…. kinda different than flooding us market. Btw, the people who complained about Motorola doing were just trolling, outside of the razr, raze maxx fiasco

    • Tim242

      The difference is, these are for different markets.

    • KOBALT

      I agree. I was one that was complaining. However, Moto improved with every phone for the most part. Samsung is just all over the place. I think it’s still dumb, though.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

        The problem with Motorola, was that they were releasing all these phones in the same market month after month, Samsung releasing all these phones in different markets

    • Big_EZ

      People just loved to hate on Motorola because they were the best in several areas (build quality and reception) I stayed with Motorola for a long time because of those two reasons, but now my Samsung phone has reception as good as Motorolas (at least the Note 2) so all I’m lacking is build quality. Now that there’s rumors of an X phone and unlockable bootloaders for most newer Motorola phones everyone praises them again.

  • http://twitter.com/marsgrafx MARS GRAF-X

    WWWWWHHHHYYYYY .. and the note too is tooo big .. its no longer a phone its a tablet.. what are these like SUV cross overs now.. too big to be a phone .. to small to be a tablet.. come on..

    • http://twitter.com/Rkahla Rob Kahla

      My note “2″ fits just fine in my Levi’s, my nexus 7 isn’t even close

    • Tim242

      Nice opinions there. But they don’t speak for everybody. Choice is a great thing

    • http://twitter.com/marsgrafx MARS GRAF-X

      i have held the note 2 before .. it just feels sooo wierd.. and holding that to your head is just silly.. maybe if it was linked to a watch .. and then you can leave the brick in your pocket that i can see being cool..

    • http://twitter.com/marsgrafx MARS GRAF-X

      i have a SG3 and i came from a Droid Inc… yes it took a little to get used to .. but not much .. it felt great.. natural. With the SG3 i some times struggle with my thumb movement across the screen.. anything bigger and it becomes a 2 hand process to most things..

    • Avery Dejuan Herron

      If it used the tablet version of apps I’d be happy

  • T4rd

    Why?

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    The Mega vs the Galaxy Note II. Holy hell that’s huge! The geek in me is wondering if the Mega crosses the line between Geek cred and Dork cred.

  • Destroythanet

    I’m surprised the 5.8′s overall dimensions are that much bigger than the 5.5′s.

  • Frank Urbanski

    I assume they are using these kind of phone in smaller markets to figure out the “sweet spot” as far as phone screen size goes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jav1976 Javier Guzman

    Mega suck

  • JoshGroff

    I thought these were going to be top of the line devices, I’m definitely disappointed.

    • Guest

      When it says US release it will be top of the line. Until then. Just the S4 so far.

    • Big_EZ

      All the rumors stated they were mid tier devices.

      • JoshGroff

        Shows how much I paid attention. >.> I really just suck at life.

  • http://twitter.com/RGB_99 RGB_99

    There should be a height requirement when buying this phone.

    • Austin Warren

      I’d fit. Being 6’4 its perfect. Hope they have a suped up US version.

      • Bionic

        Its called the note 3

      • http://www.facebook.com/grayson.grouge Grayson Grouge

        I’m 6’7 and my GS3 is a little big

        • FAL_Fan

          Really? Cause I’m 6’2″ and my Note 2 is prefect.

          • michael arazan

            6’2 and my galaxy nexus is tiny, but i’m a media whore and like to watch videos on my phone, media streaming is what the large screens are really for.

      • T4rd

        I’m sure they will; the Note 3.

      • Tim242

        I think it’s time you stop being such a size Queen. Haha

        • Austin Warren

          Shhhhhhhhhhhhh

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

    Hoping the Note 3 is right in the middle of these two, I’d pick up a 6′ phone but starting to think 6.3′ is a bit large

    • Matthew Merrick

      I’ve used the Ascend Mate. 6″ really isn’t that big if you’re a note owner.

    • Jordan Marrie

      A 6 foot phone is massive bro.

      • ToddAwesome

        Amazing what a difference a single quote means…

      • Joe

        HAHAHAHA

      • Austin Warren

        That’ll be the iPhone 12

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

        so is your lack of context guy

  • callumshell1

    This is getting silly now, Samsung.

    • kixofmyg0t

      “Samsung only releases one Galaxy per year”.

      Just remember that.

      • callumshell1

        That is completely untrue.

        • kixofmyg0t

          Oh I know it is. I knew it as soon as the dude I was arguing with said it.

  • http://twitter.com/rechvanny Rechie

    Very happy with my Galaxy Note 2…

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      No you’re not. You’ll be happy when it’s 7inches. Trust me.

      • Austin Warren

        You are correct. All phone and no bezel. Yum

        • mctypething

          you hungry bro?

          • Austin Warren

            For you bro

          • Dr_Buttballs

            Miss you, bro. Come back to us!

      • SUPREME4LIFE

        I’ve been practicing holding my 7.0 tab hoping that how big note3 becomes.

      • Tim242

        7″ is slightly too big. I can’t hold but so much!

      • iDoesnt

        That’s what she said

  • http://twitter.com/sptmnky Spotmonkey

    We need a BIG phone / tablet in the US!!!! Bring it to US!

    • DJyoSNOW

      Well it does bring up the question of a Note3 just want best resolution and possibly a 13mpx camera….

      • Avery Dejuan Herron

        13mp is over kill for me you can only send pictures so big in messages but as long as you can change the setting I guess the option would be nice.

  • Butters619

    5.8″ qHD display is absolutely disgusting.

    • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

      when were they off the bandwagon?
      GS3, GS mini, galaxy Grand,Note 2 and that is just the ones i care about….i am sure there are about 3 other low end ones i have never heard about.

      • Butters619

        You must have got the first comment I wrote. I ninja edited it.

        • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

          This. It seems the only manufacturer we haven’t heard anything from in a long time is Motorola. LG and Sammy seem to be in a race to see who can cover the top-to-bottom market first, and HTC is aiming high and hoping like hell, along with a suprisingly awesome mid-range device in spite of its gimmicky Facebook ties.

          • kixofmyg0t

            No no no. Remember all the “OMG MOTOROLA JUST STOPPPPPPP” whining people did? Moto listened.

            “Samsung only releases ONE Galaxy per year”

            That was a actual statement of a dude here I argued with.

    • Austin Warren

      Good thing us Americans aren’t getting it. Not meant for our market.

    • wakefinance

      I certainly wouldn’t buy it, but even at that size and resolution, the ppi isn’t awful. At 190 ppi and with RGB stripe, the pixel density is only slightly lower than that of the Nexus 7, which is at 216 ppi.

      • Butters619

        While true, that still is about a 20% difference on a device you traditionally hold closer to your eyes being compared to a year old device. Three strikes against it. :p

        Edit: Also people complained that Moto used qHD displays on 4.3″ phones over a year ago….and this added another 1.5″!

        • wakefinance

          Those were pen tile displays. I had the Droid X2 and the pixels were quite distinct. I also had the Droid X and its pixels were much harder to see due to using rgb stripe even though its nominal resolution was lower.

      • kixofmyg0t

        Which still puts it above most of the 10.1″ tablets like the Xoom, Prime, TF300 Pad etc. Those have a 149ppi density, but people wouldn’t call them horrible.

  • Greg Abbate

    I think this is a sign of whats to come in the note 3. I bet it will either be 5.8 or 6.3

    • niuguy

      Actually, I think this means the note will stay smaller (can’t believe I just said that) and that this phone will fill the gap for those who want an even bigger phone than the note. Why would you have two phones for the same market?

      • jamie stevens

        i agree. should be top spec’d at 5.5″.

        • Matthew Merrick

          If they can fit a .2″ bigger Display into a smaller footprint than the GS3 for the GS4, then i fully expect the same from the Note 3 – 5.7/5.8″ in the same sized chassis.

          • Geoff Johnson

            I’d prefer the same 5.5″ screen, but thinner bezel and overall smaller design.

    • jamie stevens

      hoping the lose some bezel like the S4. Then 5.8 or even 6.1 would be ok

      • SUPREME4LIFE

        7.0 would be better