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.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (SGH-I527 Melius) for AT&T pic.twitter.com/zAM1M47LJp
— @evleaks (@evleaks) August 17, 2013
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.