Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8, a pair of Android-powered ‘phablet’ smartphones.
The two devices have been described as mid-range but offer similar display sizes and form factors to their large premium counterparts – the Galaxy S4 flagship and the Galaxy Note 2 phablet. However, some of the specs are surprisingly high-end for a middle bracket device. We’ve reached out to Samsung for confirmation on where these phones will sit in the market, but at this stage it couldn’t reveal specific pricing.
The Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a 6.3-inch LCD display with a 720p resolution. It packs a decent punch owing to the use of the Exynos 5250 dual-core Cortex-A15 chip found inside the Nexus 10 tablet. This is clocked at 1.7GHz and has 1.5GB of RAM, options for 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage and microSD support for cards up to 64GB.
There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing secondary. The phone has a number of TouchWiz features from Samsung’s Galaxy S4 flagship, the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3, including Air View, Pop Up Play Video, Multiscreen, Group Play music, S Translator and Drama shot mode for the camera. The battery pack is 3,200mAh and the phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It also supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ connectivity, along with the usual set of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB, NFC, MHL TV-out and the same infrared remote control functionality as the Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 has a qHD LCD display but it uses the same processor, although it’s clocked slower at 1.4GHz. It lacks the 4G connectivity but other perks, including the infrared control, are all present and correct. The battery is smaller at 2,600mAh but the rest of the spec and features remains exactly the same as its larger cousin.
Both phones are coming to Europe at the beginning of May, though no precise date or availability has been given. Samsung alsonotes that the models will differ by market.