Samsung Electronics, the largest maker of smartphones in the world, on Thursday 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 includes phablets with 6.3” and 5.8” displays that exceed the size Galaxy Note’s screen. However, they come without stylus and are positioned as cost-efficient solutions.
“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more. 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,” said JK Shin, chief executive and head of IT & mobile business at Samsung Electronics.
Samsung Galaxy Mega is powered by an application processor with two general-purpose ARM cores (with 1.4GHz or 1.7GHz clock-speed) as well as 32-bit dual-channel LPDDR3 memory controller. The Galaxy Mega features 1.5GB of LPDDR3 RAM and can be equipped with 8GB or 16GB NAND flash storage as well as microSD memory card slot. Samsung equipped its Galaxy Mega smartphones with 8MP main and 1.9MP front cameras, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), multiple sensors (RGB light sensor, geomagnetic sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor), MHL output. As expected, the S4 will come with Google Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system and will support all 2.5G, 3G, 3.5G (up to HSPA+ with 21Mb/s) types of networks and will also feature 4G/LTE where available. The Galaxy Mega 5.8” features 960*540 resolution and Li-ion 2600mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy Mega 6.3” sports “HD” resolution (presumably 1280*720) and Li-ion 3200mAh battery.
The Galaxy Mega sports numerous exclusive technologies by Google and Samsung, including Group Play, Samsung WatchON, Samsung Link, S Translator, ChatON, S Travel and others.
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 will be available globally beginning May from Europe and Russia. The product availability varies by market and will be rolled out gradually.