Galaxy MegaAndroid 4.2 and the latest Samsung software on new, larger-than-life devices

After a couple of weeks of rumors, Samsung has today officially confirmed the Galaxy Mega series -- a line of big-screen smartphones aimed to straddle the space between the traditional phone and tablet markets. The official names, as rumored, are Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3.

Unlike the popular Galaxy Note series there's no Wacom-based 'S Pen' stylus included. But both Galaxy Mega devices include just about all the Samsung software features of newer Samsung phones like the Galaxy S4, due to the fact that they're running the latest version of the company's TouchWiz UI. That means new features like 'S Travel' and 'Story Album' come included out of the box, alongside the latest version of Google's mobile OS, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

A few other differences between the two Megas -- the Galaxy Mega 6.3 boasts LTE connectivity and a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, while the 5.8-incher runs at 1.4GHz on HSPA+21. The 6.3 also has a higher-resolution screen -- "HD" (presumably 720p) according to today's press release -- as opposed to the 5.8's qHD (960x540). The 5.8-inch model offers a 2600mAh battery, as opposed to the 6.3's 3200mAh juicer. Both devices pack 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facers.

So it the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega is definitely the higher-end of the two, and you can see that reflected in its design. With its minimal bezel and redesigned silver trim, it's the spitting image of the Galaxy S4, whereas the Mega 5.8 looks closer to the Galaxy S3.

Today's news comes as Samsung faces increasing competition in the large-form-factor smartphone space, including 5-inch-plus devices from the likes of LG, ZTE and Huawei.

Samsung says the Galaxy Mega series will debut in Europe and Russia starting this May. We've got official images and the full press release after the break.

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Note: Black model is the Galaxy Mega 6.3, white model is Galaxy Mega 5.8

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY Mega

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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Samsung announces 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega smartphones


Now that the whole world can see the 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega in the flesh. It's definitely not hard to imagine the Galaxy Note 3 in it's 6.3 inch glory come September 2013. I've said it before and will continue to say it ''NOBODY BEATS SAMSUNG PERIOD''

These are both really cool and really sad. Without the S-Pen and with specs way behind the S4, these things feel slightly less than the Note 2. Neat toys, but the value proposition of the Note 2 and S4 both seem superior, which makes these amazing early 2012 phones ;)

These are for people that can't afford the S4 or the Note 2. They're definitely not for people that want the bleeding-edge of technology. The majority of us will never even see these for sale, unless shopping online.

I think the objective behind the Galaxy Mega series is to see how well they will sale, to compete with other manufacturers producing large screen phones for sales and for those who can't afford the more expensive Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series devices.

The 6.3 could be the perfect one for my mother. Size is fine cause she put it in her bag. Big screen and low resolution which translates into bigger icons and text. And everything in a familiar form factor that doesn't block her like facing a computer.

Well, if the specs come up to at least what the S4 has or better, preferrably better, then I'll put on hold getting the Note2. Although I wonder if the 6.3" screen will simply be just too big... May just settle for the Note2 in that case.

Note that one of these has the back & menu capacitives on the opposite side... I hate this ridiculous trend that every other manufacturer has switched to and am disgusted to see Samsung infected by it. Samsung are the last manufacturer left doing things the right way and now I see this...

Menu belongs on the left, Back belongs on the right. Why the hell are all the manufacturers switching this up?
I will not buy a phone that goes against this.

I guess they fear that Nokia will sue them or something.
Or they just wanna make their devices to be different.
But I just hate these misplaced menu & back capacitive keys.

I really like the design, and the 'pattern' on the back cover of the Black. Personally these are just too big, I feel the Note2 is the line and these for me have crossed it. I am looking forward to the note3 and the larger screen, but if the trade off is a larger overall size I will be looking elsewhere. S5? HTC One+? Who knows.

Getting to the point of brand confusion. You have the GS2 still for sale, the GS3, the upcoming GS4, the GS Mini, the GN, the GN2, and now two phones with the same name at different sizes.

The average phone junkie has no problem keeping them all straight. The average consumer.....not so much.

They should....and for a couple of reasons.

1.) Not all are created equal. If the average person looks at the Samsung Galaxy phone lineup and thinks they are all one in the same then they will most likely go for the cheapest model. Not ideal for Samsung.

2.) There's a lot of R&D involved with developing a new device. Thinning that out and focusing on just a few skus (maybe 4", 5" and 6" Galaxy branded devices) would help maximize profit.

you ever hear the expression, "if it's not broken, don't fix it."?... They want people to know when you see a Sammy device that you know it's a Sammy device. I believe this is called brand recognition. from what i hear it is a strong marketing tool.

All that Real Estate, with no S-Pen??? Why. If I was a reporter for FOX NEWS, this would be an awesome tool for me to be productive with... but would I want to use my finger to jot down notes on the fly?

I have been very surprised by the other people beside myself who got the Note II who I have seen in person. I am about to graduate from North Carolina Central and every person I know on campus who have it are women. Two of my professors drool over mine. One is in her late 50's and likes the size of the phone due to being able to see everything big and clear. Samsung was wise to make this series and I think it's a brilliant idea. Since I have the Note II I haven't even been tempted to get the s4 or the One. The only thing that could get me to change is the Note III. My mother likes it too. I'm thinking about getting her one. @Anthonok I Think you're way off. Just because you don't want something doesn't mean no one does. They will sell. If you do something no one else does you'll often get results no one else does.

This is exactly what I have been thinking for a long time. Lot's of adults at age 50 or going close to it are using Galaxy Notes and carry around a 7"-10" tablets now. Many women around the age of 50 that I know of have Galaxy Note, Note II, S2, S3, etc. They all use to have the iPhone, but they switched to the larger screen devices because of the ability to read things easier. This line of smartphones will be the same. With the lower resolution on these it will be much easier to read and allow the users to carry just the ~6" phone instead of a 4-5" phone and another tablet.

There are many other lines of phones from other OEM's and we have choices of the Galaxy S and Note series, so there's no need for some of you to be pissed that the resolution is too low or the size is too big. This product line probably isn't the best for you.

Why would they put anything less than a 1920x1080 screen on these? The smaller one especially; it's slightly less resolution than an iPhone 4/4S and yet almost double the physical size. That's going to look bad.

I know eh? Samsung should put a 5500x4500 screen resolution and blow the competition away! *rolleyes*

either one of these will be great for a custom install in my car botton console. The Nexus 7 is too big and I'm not ripping out my dash to custom one in there. But the bottom of the console will be perfect for either one, hopefully the 6.3. I want a simple plate made that removeable. Just slide in and out. Very simple. I been waiting for this. Hopefully the price is good. If they make a wifi variant that will be even better. But I have two sims cards so I'm excited about this announcement.

can someone please make a 4.3inch power phone. S4 pro adreno320, 2gbram,13mp camera will suffice

nobody has made a decent 4.3 since the galaxy s2. I want to strap the phone to my arm when im out running but these tablet size things are way too big. 4.7, its really starting to cheese me off. The s3 mini was a nice size but terrible spec

So you didn't notice devices like the HTC One S, Sony Xperia S, Xperia V, Motorola Atrix HD, LG Optimus *something*, Xiami Mi-2 etc etc etc etc. There are literaly dozens of phones with specs comparable to other flag ship devices but then a smaller screen. Just none from Samsung.

none of them have a s4 pro quad with adreno320 gpu - they all have about half the power. Also i'd prefer 2gb ram they all have 1gb. I'll see how the new snapdragon 400 performs i imagine a few phones will be using it in future

Honestly I would never think about purchasing this phone, but I think it has good marketability with elderly or just people with bad vision. One thing I like about the S2 compared to the S3 is the font/type/words being larger overall because of the low resolution. 5.8" seems like the limit though. 6.3" might be crossing the line.

These are newly announced phones. Most of the parts are below the normal specs. A Dual core, qHD, 1.5GB, 8MP back camera better lower the Unlocked and On-contract price.

Samsung is bringing the latest OS to all of their new phones. Good job samsung. Moto, htc, lg take notes.

Is it just me or are the specs on these phones...well, underwhelming? Dual-core? I know, I know, "What the hell do you need more than a dual-core processor on a phone?" But the fact that there are phones coming out now with 4 cores means that Samsung is kinda dropping the ball on that one.
Also, qHD? Really?

I'd wait for a Galaxy Note III, to tell you the truth.

Smart on Sammy's part to keep the Galaxy name because they don't want to be like HTC and come out with a new flagship series every year.