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Aug
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When Samsung showed off its enormous new Galaxy Mega series earlier this year, we thought that it was only a matter of time before an American carrier decided to pick one up. It looks like AT&T is taking the bait if the latest post from the indefatigable evleaks can be believed. It shows the Galaxy Mega 6.3, the larger of the two phones, with AT&T branding and icons.

The Galaxy Mega phones are relatively low-cost alternatives to Samsung's Galaxy Note series, minus the stylus and digitizer. The Mega 6.3 (inches) has an LCD screen that's just 1280x720 resolution - very low for a new phone with as large a screen as it has. The international version revealed back in April uses a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, either 8 or 16GB of storage plus MicroSD, and an 8 megapixel rear camera. That huge screen size allows for an equally huge battery rated at 3300mAh, despite the phone's relatively slim 8mm chassis. Software is Samsung's TouchWiz over Android 4.2. Of course, device specifications tend to shift a little when they hop across the pond, especially when it comes to processors. We'll have to wait for official specs to see what AT&T's SGH-I527 has under the hood.

There is no indication of when the phone will arrive on AT&T, but I've never seen the evleaks Twitter account post something that wasn't due within at least a few months. There was also a Sprint version that made it through the Bluetooth SIG certification process. The most interesting statistic for the Mega 6.3 will be its price: with a new, super-premium Galaxy Note due before the end of the year, it would be a good move on AT&T's part to price this thing well below $200 on-contract. With gigantic "phablets" spreading to lower price points, it looks like they aren't going anywhere soon.

Source: @evleaks

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.
  • blahmoomoo

    "the indefatigable evleaks" is a malformed link.

    I wonder what the audience for such a huge phone is.

    • ins0mn1a

      that's a very good question. i noticed in the last year (using note 2) that for 90% of tasks the large screen is a wonderful asset. of the remaining 10%, most will be resolved once i get a smartwatch (checking time, weather, notifications etc). the only downside is the "pocketability", and i don't care about that since i carry the thing in my purse anyway. it would be virtually impossible for me to go back to a smaller screen. so the audience could be the people who usually don't carry phones in their pocket. women, for example.

      btw the screen size is the only reason i didn't support ubuntu edge.

      i would get the xperia z ultra in a heartbeat if it wasn't for that shitty camera.

      • Railwayman

        The Xperia Z Ultra has a good camera and I know that since I have the device.;)

        I was also skeptical about the camera but it turned out to be perfectly fine for daylight shots. The quality is even better than the Note II that I also have.

        In fact, I don't see any reason to get the Mega when the Ultra offers superior hardware, screen and build quality paired with a better Android implementation without bloat (TouchWiz and carrier bloat). The Mega could have been better with a 1080p screen but I guess that Samsung wanted to sell the Note II at the time of the introduction (with 1080p, the Mega would be a dangerous internal competitor).

        • ins0mn1a

          oh no, i wouldn't get the mega, i need more power ;). i was just talking about the screen sizes in general.

          the problem with the daylight shots is that anything will make decent shots in nice weather conditions. and i mean that almost literally (i once did some experiments with pinhole camera... don't ask ;)). the note 2 camera is very good in a wide range of conditions (e.g. inside under artificial light, in twilight etc), and i suspect that the XZU (now that's what i call a badass acronym, haha) camera would be problematic whenever the sunlight is absent, which unfortunately tends to account for most of real-life usage for me. i wish i was wrong about this. what's your experience with it away from the daylight?

  • andre08

    Its also in testing for US Cellular i heard

  • silver_arrow

    Well Canadian carriers announced it last week and they have the same version that AT&T has just with a M at the end of the model number so also watch that.

  • Chris Lickorish

    Got my mega 2 weeks ago here in the UK. Sim free. Great fun, especially when iPhone users pose. I just whip mine out and watch there face. Yes it's big. I have a 64 gig micro card in it with over 1000 music tracks, movies and season 11 of Family Guy. Many people are interested in it. Screen is not quite as good as the super amoled plus on my 7.7 but you can only see the difference when they are side by side displaying the start screen to Candy Crush.

    • jeffrey beck

      The screen size is a huge plus for playing music...

      • Chris Martinelli

        Pretty sure that isn't what he meant. The screen size is a benefit for any and all browsing, and most apps. Music? Obviously not.

        This is too big and low for my needs, but I see why people would want it. I wouldnt mind getting a 5.7 inch Note3, or something similar.

  • simp1istic

    Well samsung certainly isn't shaking things up in the design department lately...

  • Web Worm

    I love Samsung
    Galaxy Mega 6.3
    due to its features.

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