Samsung must really believe in the phablet market as the company has announced the arrival of two new oversized devices. The company on Thursday said it has added Galaxy Mega devices to its phablet series. If you are unfamiliar with phablet’s they are sized between a phone and a mini-tablet, hence their naming convention.
According to Samsung the devices will come in 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch screen sizes with differing specs built on the model chosen.
Samsung says the devices will be sold globally “beginning in may for Europe and Russia.”
The Samsung Mega devices will feature dual-core chipsets, making them less robust than the Galaxy Note II and its quad-core chipset. That fact points to cheaper devices for acquisition, although Samsung has not provided pricing at this time.
In a message to customers Samsung describes the Mega phablets as such:
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.
JK Shin, CEO of Samsung’s mobile business adds:
“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more. 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 move closely follows Samsung’s strategy of releasing devices for every consumer preference and price range. The company offers low-end devices for developing nations all the way to high end devices preferred in other parts of the world.
Samsung’s move to larger displays was seen as a gamble when the company first proposed then enacted the move, since that time Apple has increased its screen realty and other device manufacturers have been quick to follow suit.
Here is a first look at the Samsung Mega 5.8-inch:
And here is the Samsung Mega 6.3-inch:
Both devices come packed with Samsung’s software suite of applications which include S Travel, Story Album, Group Play, Samsung WatchON, and various other options.
On the 6.3 inch Mega side the device also features full HD alongside 4G/LTE connectivity and a 1.7GHz dual-core chip. On the 5.8-inch display users receive a QHD display, HSPA+ and a 1.4GHz dual-core chip. Both devices also take advantage of an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing lens.
Both devices ship with 1.5GB RAM and offer internal memory choice of 8GB/16GB (6.3-inch) and 8GB for the smaller device.
With the larger screen also comes a larger 3,200 mAh battery compared to the other devices 2,600mAh option.
Samsung is shipping both devices with Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
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