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Samsung Working on 7-inch Galaxy Mega Phone

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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Though I like large phones ... a 7 inch phone is called a tablet.
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  • srap
    I'll just wait until they man up and release a 27" phone, anything below that is meaningless!
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