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Samsung Working on 7-inch Galaxy Mega Phone

By - Source: Bestmobs

Chinese electronics certification website TENAA reveals that Samsung has submitted a smartphone with a 7-inch screen for approval. Listed as the SM-T2558, there's speculation that it's part of Samsung's Galaxy Mega family, and will likely be named as the Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 due to the tablet-sized screen.

According to the specs found on the phone's information page, it has a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, as well as 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for adding more space. The device also packs an 8MP camera on the back, and a 2MP camera on the front. The OS of choice is Google's Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean."

Of course, there are no promises that this phablet will reach the United States, but given that the first two devices in the Galaxy Mega series found their way onto American networks, there's a good chance this latest Mega phone will do the same.

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Mega line (pictured above) just over a year ago as phones that "combine the portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet." There were two phones at launch: a 6.3-inch model with an HD screen and a 5.8-inch model with a qHD screen.

"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."

The larger phone of the two has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, an 8MP camera on the back and a 1.9MP camera on the front. Other hardware goodies include 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a handful of sensors, support for MHL and more.

The smaller 5.8-inch phone has a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, an 8MP camera on the back, and a 1.9MP camera on the front. The phone also includes 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB on internal storage, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, several sensors, and so on. Both phones use Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" as the out-of-the-box OS.

With these two phones already on the market, a 7-inch Android phone isn't all that far-fetched. Still, is this size overkill? Do we really need a smartphone that's as big as a picture frame? Apparently, Samsung thinks there's a market for such a device. Yet having conversations with mom on a 7-inch tablet may be a little awkward.

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    stevessvt , April 25, 2014 9:19 AM
    I love my Note 3, but come on Samsung, releasing a new phone with a two generation old OS is just asinine.
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    thdarkshadow , April 25, 2014 9:56 AM
    That's not a phone its a tablet with phone capabilities. I can see some people wanting it so Samsung has my blessing :)  But android 4.2? What? We're on 4.4 get with the program Samsung...
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    pbrigido , April 25, 2014 10:05 AM
    I'm a fairly small guy. I find that my GS2 fits perfectly in my hands. I really hope they have a new GS5 mini that I can finally upgrade to.
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    Tempname , April 25, 2014 10:23 AM
    Isn't the whole android version deal a completely moot point? Can't we just install cyanogenmod and be done with it?

    Also, I'll be getting my Nexus 7 next week. I got it for 160€ with shipping, brand new. It's a more powerful machine than this, and with the money I've saved, I can buy an actual phone, for 100€ or more (depending on how much they're planning to rob they're clients with this humongous beast). I don't blame people who buy this, but it's not even remotely a good deal.
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    Morbus , April 25, 2014 10:25 AM
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    I'm a fairly small guy. I find that my GS2 fits perfectly in my hands. I really hope they have a new GS5 mini that I can finally upgrade to.

    It's not a matter of it it fits, it's a matter of if it's usable.
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    pbrigido , April 25, 2014 10:36 AM
    It's all about a matter of fit. If it doesn't fit in my hand, it is not usable. It can be usable from the standpoint of being able to make calls, web, photo, text, etc...but if it doesn't fit, I can't use it.
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    pbrigido , April 25, 2014 10:36 AM
    It's all about a matter of fit. If it doesn't fit in my hand, it is not usable. It can be usable from the standpoint of being able to make calls, web, photo, text, etc...but if it doesn't fit, I can't use it.
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    icemunk , April 25, 2014 10:40 AM
    At the rate smartphone prices are falling, carriers should start giving people incentives to attach more than one phone to their one number/plan. I don't mean charging another $20 a month, but something reasonable. Heck, you can get a 7" 1920X1080 phone with an octo-core MTK6592 in it with 2GB of ram 16GB storage for about $220 these days.
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    shogunofharlom , April 25, 2014 11:17 AM
    Though I like large phones ... a 7 inch phone is called a tablet.
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    srap , April 25, 2014 11:24 AM
    I'll just wait until they man up and release a 27" phone, anything below that is meaningless!
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    thdarkshadow , April 25, 2014 11:54 AM
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    Isn't the whole android version deal a completely moot point? Can't we just install cyanogenmod and be done with it?


    Most people don't know how to or want to hack their phone, like me, and don't want to deal with the instability of CM. I used CM some but there are just too many problems for devices that aren't their priority devices like a nexus or gs4. This phone/tablet won't sell enough to get official CM support so someone will just half heartedly port it and problems will arise. Even if it did get good CM support you shouldn't need to hack your brand new device to get it on a somewhat recent operating system.
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    shaun_shaun , April 25, 2014 12:23 PM
    -- voted down by Samsung fanboys --
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    catswold , April 25, 2014 12:40 PM
    Not as bizarre an idea as it sounds initially. The same idea occurred to me when I got my first tablet. If you are someone who is never without his tablet, then why not ditch the cell phone and just carry a phone/tablet?

    Only problem I can see is where to put it when you're wearing your tux? Of course I'm not likely to invited to the White House in the near future. :) 
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    targetdrone , April 25, 2014 2:47 PM
    Stick a cell chip in the tab pro and call it the Leviathan already!
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    w8gaming , April 25, 2014 5:19 PM
    Samsung already has this form factor since 2011. This form factor was sold elsewhere in the world but was never approved here. Look like it is simply a rebranding of an old product. But it is simply too big for most people though as few people use it compared to the smaller size models.
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    pills161 , April 25, 2014 5:25 PM
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    but if it doesn't fit, I can't use it.
    That's what she said! haha see what I did there guys? Yeah that's funny I'm funny I'm going to go tell all my friends I was able to use that. Honestly no thanks, I just upgraded from an S3 to the S5 and the size takes getting used to (not to mention that instead of a short quick motion to hit the old menu button with my thumb on the bottom left, I now get to go on a road trip to get the soft menu on the top right)
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    rwinches , April 26, 2014 5:54 AM
    The Mega is very popular in other markets where users can't afford a Tab and a phone.
    Remember there are huge markets outside of the US with less discretionary income.
    The larger form allows for larger batteries as well.
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    Morbus , April 26, 2014 6:03 AM
    BS. Not only is a tablet AND a phone less expensive, but markets outside the US aren't about the amount of money they can spend, but about their priorities.

    And I'd say people's priorities is to get the biggest ass phone they can afford. Inside and outside the US.
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    Bloob , April 26, 2014 9:11 AM
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    I'm a fairly small guy. I find that my GS2 fits perfectly in my hands. I really hope they have a new GS5 mini that I can finally upgrade to.


    Let me introduce you to probably the best of the current Androids: http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z1_compact-5753.php
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    CaedenV , April 26, 2014 1:06 PM
    Quote:
    Not as bizarre an idea as it sounds initially. The same idea occurred to me when I got my first tablet. If you are someone who is never without his tablet, then why not ditch the cell phone and just carry a phone/tablet?Only problem I can see is where to put it when you're wearing your tux? Of course I'm not likely to invited to the White House in the near future. :) 

    THIS! It is not so much that we WANT a big 6-7" phone, it is that we don't want a 5" phone plus a laptop. I would much rather have a phone that is slightly too large than a normal phone and a laptop or tablet that I have to keep tabs on because there is no way it will fit in my pocket.
    Besides, modern phones with thin bezels don't feel nearly as large as older large phones. They don't weigh a lot, and a 6" device today is much the same size as the 5" devices of a year or two ago.
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