If you liked the big screen of Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones, the company has something even more massive coming. The Samsung Galaxy Mega line, which will hit Europe in May, is led by a monstrous 6.3-inch phone — the biggest smartphone yet.
Earlier this year, China’s Huawei unveiled a 6.1-inch phone, but the Galaxy Mega beats it by a fraction of an inch. Samsung’s gigantic phone shows the race to build the biggest smartphone has taken on a similar flavor as the competition to build ever-larger flat-screen TVs in the last decade.
Importantly, the Galaxy Mega phones do not include a stylus (the „S Pen“) that’s a hallmark of the Galaxy Note line. They’re also not pure tablets, since they’re equipped to connect with mobile networks.
The Mega line is led by the gargantuan 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega 6.3. Samsung oddly didn’t opt for a full HD screen at that size, giving it 720p resolution. It’s powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.2 „Jelly Bean.“ It’ll be available with either 8 or 16GB of onboard storage, and you can supplement that with a microSD card.
The „little brother“ in the line is the Galaxy Mega 5.8, which is even lower resolution at 960 x 540. The CPU is a 1.4GHz dual-core design, also with 1.5GB of ram and Android 4.2. While the Mega 6.3 can connect to LTE networks, the 5.8 is HSPA+.
Samsung says the Galaxy Mega is for customers who want the „most out of one device“ that brings both quality and value. They also sport new capabilities: S Travel provides trip information as well as local guides and resources, and Story Album lets users create albums of events, store moments in a timeline and quickly publish print copies of albums.
Of course, the phones have many of the features that exist on previous Galaxy devices, including Group Play, which can share content to other Galaxy phones and tablets on the same Wi-Fi network, and multi-screen capability, which lets the user run and interact with two apps on the screen at the same time.
Also included is Air View, where the screen reacts to a fingertip hovering above it by, for example, opening a drop-down menu or showing preview text in an email.
Samsung says the global launch of the Mega phones will roll out „gradually“, arriving first in Europe and Russia in May. No word yet on a U.S. release.
How do you like Samsung’s super-duper-size phones?