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Aug
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AT&T just launched a large amount of phones all at once, but none are so large as Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3. This relatively low-priced alternative to the Galaxy Note and Optimus G Pro is the largest phone in AT&T's lineup, and at the moment, also the largest carrier phone anywhere in America. The device is available now at $149.99 on-contract or $479.99 unsubsidized.

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The Mega 6.3 naturally has a 6.3-inch display, but it's an LCD panel instead of Samsung's usual AMOLED, and the resolution is a mere 1280x720. Inch for inch, that's very low compared to flagships from Samsung, HTC, and LG. The Mega also lacks the Wacom digitizer and stylus of the Note family. Inside is a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU running at 1.7Ghz, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (plus a MicroSD card slot), an 8MP rear camera, and a huge 3200mAh battery. You'll need every last milliamp with that screen and an LTE connection. The software is Android 4.2 with Samsung's usual TouchWiz accoutrements. 

At half the on-contract cost of Samsung's own Galaxy Note II, the Mega makes sense if you want a huge screen and don't really care about the rest of the phone. Not that these specs are bad, they're just decidedly mid-range - and that's what you're paying for. Those who want a huge screen and tip-top silicon should wait for the upcoming Note III. At the moment, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is available only in blue. The web store is stocked (with free shipping), and at least some AT&T retail locations should be ready to sell it in the morning.

Source: AT&T

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.
  • lean6

    Too bad this thing doesn't have much for guts or a better display. What were they thinking?

    • Yep

      Testing the market. They did the same with the very first note. Only released it on AT&T to see how people reacted. I'm sure they're doing the same, with this huge device.

      • lean6

        The first Note was packed with enough specs to be a great phone in its own right. I'm not sure what they're testing for that will actually tell them something that will be useful.

      • NeedName

        The problem they now have is, there are other devices that are pretty close in size to this thing with great specs — wonder what people will go with, a devices that's hardware is near EOL or cutting edge?

        This time I don't think they are going to see accurate results — seriously, 1/2" between devices is getting ridiculous, especially when they have such issues pushing out updates.

    • Dan

      They were thinking that your opinion is irrelevant since you're not the target market. Much of the over-50 crowd loves the idea of a phone this size, and they aren't impressed by numbers on a spec sheet. 1280x720 for a 6.3" screen is 233 pixel/inch which means a person with 20/20 vision is unable to see individual pixels at any distance beyond 14.7". Unless you're planning to hold the phone closer to your face than 14.7", a higher res screen does nothing by pointlessly suck your battery. As for color saturation, true-color, etc., again those customers don't care if their screen is in the top 5% of perfection, as long as skin tones look fairly normal in their pictures.

      By guts, I assume you mean processor, memory, etc. That's one more example of the target market not caring at all about the things you care about. This phone will be more than fast enough for surfing the web, checking facebook, and doing all of the things that the overwhelming majority of people do with their phone and once again a slower CPU means more battery life.

      It's time to wake up and accept the fact that screens and CPUs have outpaced the needs of most users. Battery life is where most users want to see improvements and that's exactly what Samsung has given them.

      • VoiceofSky

        yea,your right..lets keep every phone from here on out with a 720p screen.. Tablets,computers ect ..right? WRONG! gimme dat 4K screen , i see through walls :)

      • NeedName

        the cpu/gpu combo is what really kills it for me. I would live with 720p but at least put a decent, not cutting edge, SoC in the thing.

        • David Ledford

          Dan, you are entirely correct. I am 67 and I placed my order this morning. Specs don't mean a whole lot to me as long as the phone does what I want it to. It doesn't matter if something d/l's in a nano second or a second!

          My tech savy son and son-in-law laughed at me when I ordered the Infuse a few years ago because of the single core....told me that it was outdated before I even got it, but I wanted the 4.5 screen. Now my wife is using it and, thanks to XDA, it is running 4.3 and handling it quite well. She will soon get my orginal Note sporting CM 10.2.

          I have a Captivate in my desk drawer for a backup phone and a multi media player and it's running 4.3.

          Now, with the i527, I won't have to carry my phone and my N7 with me.

      • lean6

        Not sure I got anything out of that which I didn't already know...speculate the same as you. I think the target market idea (aging hipsters) is a bit far fetched and unlikely though. If anything, it's a lot simpler than that...it's a micro tablet with a phone. If I were the type of person who "wears" devices per occasion, one of those people who keep secondary lines for tablets, and if this were in the Nexus 7 price range, it might have a place on my shelf.

      • Paul

        You'd think right? But the battery in this thing is just a couple of percentage points bigger than the Note 2. With a screen this size I'd hoped they'd at least put a giant battery in it but they didn't really.

  • mant0x

    Ebay.co.uk has it for 300 pounds for bank holiday, hurry up

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    AT&T could offer me the phone for free and I still would not sign up for their service. Samsung's MEGA lag at Android updates adds another nail in the coffin.

  • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

    At&t and Samsung can kiss my a$$. Why on earth have they chosen to neglect the mighty note 2? In my opinion there is not a better phone out there as we speak. The HTC one is trash and the s4 is full of gimmicks. Why? I left htc for their horrible update timing and horrible design quality. Just to be stood up again in the update department. I mean even the s2 plus had gotten an update. They should have had a 4.3 update ready for ota shortly after Google announced it. Plenty of time to cook up firmware for the note 2. Hell all they had to do is take the Mega's s/w and slap s pen support in it. Easy day. Such a pathetic fail.

    • Ivan Myring

      Well, you should (supposedly) get a quick update to 4.3. But you didn't miss much.

    • phatmanXXL [15,800+ posts]

      Flash a ROM and shut up.

      • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

        Im running clean rom ACE 5.0 so you shut up. Go troll somewhere else like your mom's mustache.

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  • Paul

    It's a silly phone. Not even OLED display, uses LCD, no Stylus, etc. They're just playing with screen size, to see if people want something bigger than 5.5". The Note 2 was already on the outer limit of what was acceptable for a phone.

  • Ivan Martinez

    How in the world is this more expensive than the Optimus G Pro?

  • maurice brown

    i hate it because it has no stylus samsung really fucked this one up becuase i love large screen phones!!

  • Dominic Goodspeed

    The Note 3 will be nothing like the Samsung Galaxy Mega. It will be sporting a Quad core, 3GB Ram and other features so rest assured it wont be like this model. This looks like Samsung purchased a large amount of equipment for the Note 3 and decided to go with other options for the Note 3 and designed a quick model to dump the hardware.

    Dominic Goodspeed
    Mr Samsung Galaxy Series