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Samsung Galaxy Mega Details Official

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Samsung releases the Galaxy Mega phones, in 5.8 and 6.3 inch screen sizes.

Samsung surprised everyone by releasing two new smartphones in parallel, which will start in the European market next month and then make its way to the U.S. some time in the future. Those who have experienced the Galaxy Note II 5.5 inch will know how much Samsung enjoys a large screen, which they have taken even further with the new Galaxy Mega 5.8 inch and 6.3 inch phones. To put that in perspective, that is the distance between the average thumb and middle finger in diagonal screen size.

The two phones don't have the same specifications either. The larger Galaxy Mega 6.3 inch features an "HD" display (most likely 1280 x 720) with a so-far-unbranded 1.7 GHz dual core processor. The amount of RAM remains a mystery, but we know the phone will run on Google's Android 4.2. Due to the 8 megapixel camera, LTE & HSPA radios and GPS & GLONASS, the phone uses a 3,200 mAh battery to power it. Storage is expandable with a microSD card up to 64 GB. Two variants with 8 GB and 16 GB internal storage will be available.

The smaller 5.8 inch phone is a bit less impressive, with a lower resolution (960 x 540) and a SoC running at 1.4 GHz dual core. This model will only be available with an HSPA radio (so no 4G/LTE) and only comes with 8 GB of internal storage. Despite neither of the phones having an S-Pen like the Galaxy Note phones, they do come with the software perks such as Samsung's Group Play, WatchON, Samsung Link, S Translator, ChatOn, S Memo, S Planner and split screen multitasking mode.

Pricing and specifics on availabilities remain scarce, but we are hoping for a slightly kinder pricing strategy than the Samsung S4 and the Note II. Do you think the larger screen sizes are more efficient or easier to work with, and at what point does the size become too much (or has it already)?

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    killerchickens , April 11, 2013 4:17 PM
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    killerchickens , April 11, 2013 4:17 PM
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    pclee , April 11, 2013 4:27 PM
    It really is the IMAX of mobile phones.
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    Anonymous , April 11, 2013 4:39 PM
    Much better off waiting for the Galaxy Note 3 this Fall with a 8 core Cpu at 2ghz, 4gb of ram, 1080p 6 inch screen (possible foldable or rollable). I'll wait.
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    sundragon , April 11, 2013 5:23 PM

    Best comment this week! :D 
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    hunshiki , April 11, 2013 5:43 PM
    I don't understand. Huge phones with worse specs than Note 2. How is that appealing?
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    gigantor21 , April 11, 2013 6:22 PM
    I don't understand. Huge phones with worse specs than Note 2. How is that appealing?

    Search me. Don't get why you wouldn't just get that or wait for the Note 3.
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    STravis , April 11, 2013 6:44 PM
    Wow, that is one big phone. Why not just add phone antennas in a Galaxy Tab 8 and call it a day?
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    sundragon , April 11, 2013 8:15 PM
    Silly boys... Size doesn't always matter. It's how you use it ;) 
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    hunshiki , April 11, 2013 11:25 PM
    @Gigantor: Yes and I agree. I don't get Samsung here. And the people who will actually buy one of these. Oh well.
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    becherovka , April 12, 2013 12:28 AM
    I have a feeling the price will be the selling point on this one.
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    dillonpeterliam , April 12, 2013 1:08 AM
    These will be the more affordable Phablets,
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    slomo4sho , April 12, 2013 1:13 AM
    6.3 inch Screen... Might as well add phone functionality to the 7" tablets...
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    g00fysmiley , April 12, 2013 6:49 AM
    interesting curious of the low resolution, but likely it awas doen to keep prices down, maybe my eyes are just bad but on such small screens beyond 720p i have a hard time telling the difference, still if the price is right that large battery and expandable memory are certainly appealing
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    WretchedSoul44 , April 12, 2013 6:51 AM
    I can live with my note 2 for a while longer. I dont know what I would do with 8 cores(note3). Maybe to run a linux distro and multitask. But I'm not needing to do that.
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    kjordan_29 , April 12, 2013 2:39 PM
    Why not just get a tablet? Sheesh. Why are phones getting bigger and laptops/tablets getting smaller? Obviously I'm an outlier, but I like my phone to be small and to easily fit in a pocket.
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    catfishtx , April 15, 2013 11:34 AM
    I think this is intended to be a lower cost alternative to the Note, since it does not have the S-Pen or the hardware. I like the big phones but I have a big hand also. I do not prefer iPhones for this reason.