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Apr
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4.99 inches? Small potatoes. 5.5 inches? That's like a baby's toy! In their quest to extend smartphones to every possible dimension, Samsung has announced the GALAXY Mega 5.8 and GALAXY Mega 6.3, with (you guessed it) 5.8" and 6.3" screens, respectively. While these husky and fluffy phones (the Galaxy Note 8.0 probably falls into the dayum category) are styled after the new Galaxy S4, their specifications plant them firmly in the mid-range, bringing gigantic screens to markets that were previously off-limits. Neither phone has the Note's trademark S-Pen stylus.

GALAXY-Mega_1 GALAXY-Mega_2

The most telling part of the spec sheet is resolution, or rather, the lack thereof. The 6.3 gets an "HD TFT" screen (read: 1280x720) while the 5.8 gets QHD - 960x540. That's a very, very low pixel density for screens of this size, at least when compared with Samsung's SIII and S4. The DPI of the Galaxy 5.8 is 189.91, while the 6.3 is 233.82 - both lower than the original Droid. In short, these phones are for those who want a big screen, and aren't particularly concerned about the quality of the display.  

The rest of the specs on the Megas are pretty decent. Both use Android 4.2 with Samsung's ubiquitous TouchWiz UI and apps, 1.5GB of memory, and 8-megapixel rear cameras twinned to 1.9MP front shooters. The Mega 5.8 gets a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor with 8GB of storage, while the 6.3 gets a speedier 1.7Ghz processor and both 8GB and 16GB flavors. Both come with MicroSD card slots. The 5.8 has an impressive 2600mAh battery, while the 6.3's is a capacious 3200mAh. That's stretching into RAZR MAXX territory, and the relatively low resolution of the screens might actually help to extend the phones' longevity.

Samsung GALAXY mega Samsung GALAXY mega

The international GSM Galaxies Mega will start shipping in May to Europe and Russia, with a wider release thereafter. American releases of the phones are unlikely, though a "phablet" at a lower price point might be tempting for regional carriers. Prices have not been announced.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • fallacy

    Pity the chaps who buy into this fallacy. So much for the "Mega" in the name.

  • Chronus719

    Perhaps made for Sasquatch?

    • BetterWithRoot

      I hope it's not a Samsquanch. I hate those bastards.

      • Nathaniel Webb

        lol oh Bubbles.

  • Kenneth Porter

    "6.3, with (you guessed it) 5.8" and 6.8" screens, respectively"

    I think you meant to say 6.3 where you said 6.8

  • http://www.facebook.com/GabrielHellsing Gabriel Hellsing

    Hah. I saw what you did there with the "husky and fluffy phones" part. Well done.

  • troph

    Samsung continues in its trend to conquer the entire NBA market.

  • Floflo

    Maybe it's for farsighted people? My mother says my Nexus 4 is too small to read... Farsighted people have no use for high DPI screens, but bigger screens are better.

    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      The reason my dad picked up the original Galaxy Note was because iPhone-sized screens are too damned tiny for his fingers, so bigger is definitely better :P

    • WAGinWNY

      Yes. This goes for me too. I love my iPad, but the iPhone screen is too small for my farsightedness. In fact, I'm happily still using the S II because for me, it totally hits the res/ppi sweet-spot. But TFT? That's going backwards.

      • Spacedog1973

        I imagine the market for this is for those that want a media device first and a phone second but are not prepared or able to afford the cost of the high end market devices such as the note and would end up buying the cheaper chinese branded android phones online. I'm sure the price will reflect this.

    • lljktechnogeek

      I was thinking something similar. My mother wants a smartphone but has poor eyesight (I had to up the DPI on her PC because of it.), so the screen quality wouldn't be nearly as much of an issue as it might be for someone with better eyesight.

  • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

    What exactly makes a phone "mid-range"? The screen density? These phones pack more ram and CPU than the iPhone 5 and the old Galaxy Nexus (Which at one point was considered "top of the line", I believe). These phones also pack Android 4.2 which is something that most other phones are still waiting on (Including the HTC First).

    So, does the screen define the phone quality? Or is it the specs?

    • Bryce Mrozinski

      Let's see..they're using internals that are over a year old now.. The GNex if released today with the same specs would be considered mid-range.. How is that difficult to comprehend..

    • bluevoodo

      More CPU? WTF do you even know anything about chip architecture or a.r.m processors? Do you think Mhz simply make a processor better?

      • Justin Winker

        I believe the answer to the first question is No.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhikurve Abhi Kurve

    No one seems to have taken note that they have switched the back and menu buttons.
    Samsung's Logic : If you cannot use On-Screen buttons , just switch the buttons back and forth arbitrarily as a change!

    • http://twitter.com/calds29 Calvin D’Souza

      oh good lord i didn't realise that myself!

      WHY!?

    • Jaime Larios

      No they didn't. This is the way they have been in every Galaxy phone.

      • Freak4Dell

        The 5.8 has the same layout as the S4, but the 6.3 has them backwards.

        • Jaime Larios

          Omg! That's true! I suppose is for avoiding accidental presses of the back button when reaching the upper left part of the screen with your right hand when using the phone with one hand

        • PINJ

          Its The Other Way Around *Facepalm*

          • Freak4Dell

            What?

          • Jaime Larios

            Every Galaxy phone has had the back button on the right, and the options or menu button on the left.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Perhaps the artist mirrored the frame image? Because the back button is also mirrored.

      • mauric

        Well, the Samsung logo on top isn't very much mirrored I think. I guess we'll never understand the logic of samsung.

        • ssj4Gogeta

          Look at the white phone (look at the full-sized photo). The buttons are in the right order there.

      • squiddy20

        So does that make it a forward button? :D

  • REL

    wonder why these wont be coming states side?!

  • Sarah Puls

    "ridiculous" doesn't even begin to cover this...

  • http://twitter.com/raptorstv Samcopy

    Eyesore

    • Storm Walsh

      No squinting. No sore eye.

      • bluevoodo

        but it looks like crap so maybe pink eye?

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    Someone at Samsung must be having small penis complex

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005583823144 Anthony Evans

      they are asian and all..

  • David M Whittley

    Considering the fact that Windows are soon to launch their Office Suit onto android I think these phones will be very popular. They, like the Note II, will fit nicely in the inside pocket of a suit and potentially make even more laptops redundent. I would have liked to have seen an S-Pen though.

    • bluevoodo

      its a Fact now? Proof?

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

        He said "I think", which I am pretty sure indicated it was an opinion, not a fact.

        • bluevoodo

          Learn to read, "Considering the fact that Windows are soon to launch their Office Suit onto android I think these phones will be very popular."

          Fact: Windows Office to android, he thinks phones will be popular.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

            Wow. Mind blown. It's a fact that he had an opinion? Never would have guessed. /sarcasm

          • bluevoodo

            Take a reading comprehension class and it might be blown a little more.

            "Considering the fact." -He claims its a fact.

            "I think these phones" - That is his opinion, you stupid f*ck

            Office to android is not a fact, you moron!

    • John O’Connor

      If you call Q3 2014 soon, then let me borrow $1m until then. ;-)

  • Anonomynous III

    Samsung, it's a little late for April fools.

  • Freak4Dell

    "Continuing Efforts To Conquer Every Screen Size"

    Except, you know...anything that's not giant. Even the S4 Mini is rumored to be something stupid like 4.7".

    • http://www.facebook.com/michaelhall43 Michael Harry Hall

      Not all their phones are huge, you know... The Galaxy Fame for instance is only 3.5"

  • Bryce Mrozinski

    Hey Sammy, slap an Octa-Core and 1080 screen on the 6.3" and you'll have my money. We need more phablets. Seriously.

  • Mehmet Fatih YILDIRIM

    This is the point where samsung sucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michaelhall43 Michael Harry Hall

      Sucks for giving the consumer some choice?

  • Dan

    The human eye can only detect details as small as 1/60th of a degree of arc (assuming 20/20 vision). For every combination of screen size vs resolution, there's is a distance beyond which individual pixels blur together. Alternately, you can think of it as the distance at which you can see individual pixels if the screen is closer than that distance.

    For a 6.3" screen at 1280x720, that distance is 14.7 inches. If the screen is more than 14.7 inches from your face, the pixels are too small to be individually seen by a human with 20/20 vision.

    With a 5.8" screen at 960x540, that distance 18.1 inches.

    I just measured with my phone (almost poked my eye out with the tape measure), and the comfortable position to hold my phone, based on the position of my hands an arms when typing/swiping/poking is about 16.5 inches. With 20/20 vision, there's no way I could see the pixels on the Mega 6.3. For the Mega 5.8, I probably could see individual pixels with 20/20 vision.

    • Dan

      For everyone saying "ridiculous" or "stupid" or the ever intelligent "samsung sucks", how much profit did the company that you control show last quarter/year?

      • bluevoodo

        How much money did they give you in return?

    • ssj4Gogeta

      I hold my phone closer than that when I'm interacting with it actively (like playing a game). I hold it between 8 to 12 inches away, at which distance a person with 20/20 vision will be able to distinguish 430 to 280 dpi resolution.

  • KRA

    Looks Like The Note 2 still has better hardware than the Note 3?

  • Matthew Fry

    no pen? Boo

  • hot_spare

    [Year 2011] Everyone in the tech blogsphere was saying something funny when Samsung launched Galaxy Note. Did everyone forget the jokes?
    Now look who is the joker now and who is the winner?
    Samsung knows about selling phones more than anyone over here at AndroidPolice. It's very interesting reading the teardowns at AP, but leave the companies run their business. They know more than anyone here. If you knew more, you would have been running Samsung.

  • bluevoodo

    Another week another 3 samsung phones. Galaxy Win and these 2 monstrosities.

  • Jack

    Large screens are all about, the only people who really deny this are iphone users, that is until the iphone joins the club. Its perfect for media viewing, browsing, games etc. Assuming this will be priced competitively as it is mid range then this should sell it bucket loads, I will personally wait on the note 3 tho.

  • http://twitter.com/Poofuduk Ârif TOKER

    If there will be a 6.3" phone with high end specs+AMOLED I'm sold!

  • http://www.androidstablets.com/ Julia Roberts

    I always prefer large screen mobile because of their stylish look and unique performance of graphics. The screen resolution of them are much better than the other. As Samsung Mobile is launching new android smartphone Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, I must say that, it will be one of the best android large screen android ever.

  • vorameghana

    Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is bright spot on this smartphone is the awesome display. Features are Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 182 grams weight, Touch screen display, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi Hot spot, Dual core 1.4 GHz processor, 2,600 mAh battery, 5.8 inches display with qHD resolution of 540x 960 pixels. http://www.techiecop.com/cellphones/samsung-cellphones/samsung-galaxy-mega-5-8.html