Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is no longer the largest smartphone/tablet hybrid in its range, as the company has announced two new devices which are even bigger – the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3. The line between smartphone and tablet is now blurred beyond recognition, but amazingly, the Mega 6.3 isn’t the first device of its type, as Huawei announced the 6.3-inch Ascend Mate at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.
Both have been rumoured for release, but their quick arrival has taken us slightly by surprise. What isn’t a surprise, is the numbers represent the respective screen size found on each Galaxy Mega device. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is not only the model with the largest screen, but also the most impressive feature list. The 6.3-inch screen has an HD resolution, which although not confirmed in the press release is probably 720p, and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor is at its heart, along with 1.5GB of RAM.
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean performs operating system duties, and the device comes with several software features seen on other Samsung phones, such as the split screen multi-tasking option, S Translator and Air View. The 8 megapixel camera also gets a few software tweaks seen on the Galaxy S4, including Drama Shot and Sound & Shot. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a 4G LTE phone, has 8GB or 16GB of memory, a microSD card slot, NFC, GPS and a 3200mAh battery.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 isn’t quite as highly specced as its larger brother. The screen resolution is considerably less at 960 x 540, while the processor is a 1.4GHz dual-core, there’s no NFC and only 3G connectivity. The battery is also smaller, at 2600mAh, and the 182 grams weight may sound a lot, but it’s less than the Mega 6.3′s 199 grams. Neither phones have been given an exact release date, but Samsung has confirmed they’ll be out in Europe during May, with the pricing still to be made official.