Apr 11 AT 8:20 AM Taylor Wimberly 50 Comments

Samsung introduces oversized Galaxy Mega series


In its quest to release a mobile device at every 0.3 inches, today Samsung announced the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3. This pair of super-sized devices combines “the portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet.”

Both devices look similar to the popular Galaxy Note series, but neither features the unique S Pen input method. Highlights of the Galaxy Mega includes a 1.4-1.7 GHz dual core processor, 5.8-inch QHD or 6.3-inch HD display, 8/16GB internal storage, 1.5GB RAM, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, and all the normal sensors. The Galaxy Mega will ship with the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and include most of the new software features found in the Galaxy S 4.

“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Business, Samsung Electronics. “We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers’ varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning Galaxy series.”

Samsung says the Galaxy Mega will be available at the beginning of May from Europe and Russia, and noted the product availability would vary by market and would be rolled out gradually. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

We have no idea if the Galaxy Mega will make it to the US, but a European launch at least guarantees the device could be imported and operated on AT&T or T-Mobile.

I’m a huge fan of the Galaxy Note II, but this latest product is really pushing the limits. It is definitely a two-handed device, but I could picture myself using a Mega if it fit in my pocket comfortably.

How many of you would consider buying the new Samsung Galaxy Mega?

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Via: Samsung Mobile Press

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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  • lou2cool88

    Considering the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is .7 inches smaller than my Nexus 7, I’m not sure this will be a very manageable size. I’m also surprised they didn’t include the Wacom technology considering how much screen real estate this has.

    • Richard Yarrell

      It’s great to see Samsung show the entire world what the Galaxy Note 3 will be like in September 2013. With it’s 6.3inch 1080p unbreakable display, Exynos Octa 5 processor clocked at 2.3ghz, android 5.0 Kie Lime Pie straight out of the box, 16meg camera, 3.0 front facing camera, 4200mAh battery. Trust this NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER. At launch i will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 3 without fail.

      • squiddy20

        1. Here you are again posting specs of an upcoming phone you know absolutely nothing about, but stating it as if you do. May I remind you that you “knew” the US version of the S4 would have 3GB of RAM, a *flexible* 1080p screen, wireless charging, the Exynos 5 Octa, and “a pad” on the device to measure blood pressure and blood glucose levels? What happened to that stuff Richard?
        2. Good god. Even with auto correct on the “pimp slapping” Note 2 you supposedly own, you still can’t even spell “Key Lime Pie”. Amazing.
        3. There is no such thing as a “16meg camera”. You’ve claimed repeatedly to be “in the know in the tech game”, and yet you can’t even get basic terminology right. How pitiful.

      • Sargon

        This isn’t the galaxy note 3, retard, it’s the “mega” there are two sizes,6.3″ and 5.8″. I know you can’t read, but at least have Ed Morgan read the whole article to you rather than just the headline and trying to it. I know you love to revel in stupidity, but you’re just embarrassing yourself. You do realize that the joke is you, and everyone is laughing, yes? I guess in your case, some attention, any attention, is better than no attention.

        • Fud

          Um, the stupidity is taking tech so seriously. The fail is strong in you.

          • Phases

            Um, that trolling attempt, if that’s what you want to call it, was an epic failure. The stupidity is enormously strong with you.

      • Max.Steel

        Why are you so stupid? This is the Galaxy Mega not Galaxy Note.

  • sandwich


    If someone wants to buy those, that’s their prerogative. I just hope Samsung – and all the other Android manufacturers – start releasing 2.8″-3/5″ phones that have all the raw horsepower and high DPI of their oversized cousins.

    • mattcoz

      2.8″? Good luck waiting for that, we can’t even get a high end 4.3″ device.

      • sandwich

        I know… :(

        In the race to reducing phone thickness to zero, manufacturers forgot about the other two dimensions. I mean, I get that larger screens are nicer to look at – I was an early 24″ widescreen monitor adopter myself, and I wouldn’t look back.

        But smartphone screens are dual-purpose – both output (the display) and input (touch-recognition). You don’t see Microsoft or Logitech coming out with new footlong mice or yard-long keyboards – for good reason: usability.

        Similarly, smartphone screens, which are often used on-the-go, should accommodate one-handed use. I don’t know many people with 5″-6″ thumbs; why make the screens that large?

        • Matthew

          I completely agree with you Sandwich :) I have a note N7000, and although advertised as one hand usable, it is not, I love it but I also think manufacturers should make phones that are one hand usable, the S4 is almost the same size as me Note1 (4.9 vs 5.2).

          I think a 2.8 would be really cool for flicking things around with ease, things such as messages, music & photos.

    • inviolable

      2.8 lol why

      • sandwich

        Because not everyone wants to carry around a huge phone. Some people would rather something small and unobtrusive.

  • gregdv

    Samsung could have used more creative names Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk artesea

    As someone who’s phone is first a data device, secondly a media player and third a phone (two/three calls a week) the spec for the Mega 6.3 has me interested especially the 3200mAh battery, just not sure if I could really use it day to day.
    As I can’t upgrade for another 5 months, may as well wait to see what the Note 3 packs.

  • Bill C

    I have been waiting for a six inch tablet slash smartphone I’m bummed that it’s only up to 1.7 gigahertz and 1.5 gigs of ram. It’s a good start though and Samsung puts their products together quite well, I hope they come to America.

  • Nate B.

    Why can’t Samsung just stick with the S series and Note series. They always come with these minis and side branded stuff. I feel like they’re saturating the market. Even the tablet market I feel they make way to many variants. Just make a 10 and a 7 or 8. You don’t need everything in every size.

  • Co1e

    To me that just sounds too big. I mean really, when was the last time you heard someone complain about the screen on the Note being too small? Guess it all depends on how it feels in your hand though. Can’t wait to see 5’4″ girls smashing that beast against their heads at the bar. At least there’s that.

  • madsalad

    Even if the main use of your device is not as a phone (so you’re not necessarily holding a giant phablet up to your ear all the time) I just can’t see how these will be that popular. They are gigantic for a portable device. If I wanted a 7″ tablet, I would buy a 7″ tablet. Save your profits from your insanely popular phones and really innovate those instead of making all these niche items.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      A normal 7-inch tablet with the 1-inch bezel is not that pocketable. But the Mega 6.3 with the thin bezel might just work.

      • madsalad

        I guess if it was edge-to-edge it might work but it’s still pushing it.

  • iamXiV92a

    With that much screen to support and only sporting a dual core processor, I sense a lot of hiccups, but I could be wrong. I like big phones, but that size is absurd…

  • scubabum

    It shouldn’t be a surprise as Samsung has been introducing devices in various sizes to see which sells best. Other companies may stay away from this method as it is high cost.
    But since Samsung produces its own display, processor and memories for these devices, it has many advantages over the competitors.

    I would think this is a good business plan for Samsung.

  • SGB101

    Live it, not the product or the size, I love the its too big it won’t sell, and the small girls references.

    We had them with the 4.8″ devices and the the 5″ ones and then poor old note 1,got laughed out the park. I was one of those short sighted people.

    I now have a note2 and would not go back in size. If the bezel I small enough, I can see my next device being 6 to 6.5″.

    Not sure it will be a Samsung tho.

    • SGB101

      Was meant to start with; Love it….
      Spell check :o(

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    You know, last night when I was having my shower, I suddenly came up of a meaning for these “mega” phablets’ existences — carriers are still seeing them as phones, not tablets. Take T-mobile as an example, if you go to their site, look up a plan for tablets, you will be paying $80 for 12Gb. There’s no option for unlimited data. But if you are using a phone, $70 give you unlimited data. So, if you absolutely must have unlimited data for a near-tablet size device, this is gold for you.

  • Paul Atreides

    A wifi only model of the 6.3 would be very interesting to me. I wouldn’t want one of these for a phone though. Mainly would use it to consume media, quick sketch ideas, and utilize the Google Art Project app once it’s released…

  • Ardrid

    Yeah, no thanks. Enough is enough. I don’t need a phone the size of my Kindle Paperwhite.

  • ibap

    If only this announcement had been on April 1st.

    Too big. I’m looking for a phone with a really good screen, side-slider keyboard, and small enough that I don’t have to stretch too far on that keyboard. This ain’t it.

  • pjamies

    Can you say over compensating for something?? LOL

  • Chuxter

    The madness must stop! Our phones are already too big as it is.

  • Christopher B. Wright

    Well I think I’d be willing to give the 5.8 a try. But if I were considering a 6.3 I’d just go ahead and buy a 7″ tablet.

  • GE918

    I like’em Big!

  • inviolable

    And the flood continues.

  • inviolable

    HTC gets criticized for releasing “too many” models a year, but Samsung has made a career of it.

    • Ichigo

      That’s how they make most of their money, releasing plenty of mid tier and low end phones to give the galaxy experience without having to spend too much. I think it’s a great think for those in different parts of the world that can’t afford an S4 or note 2/3, they have options.

    • Paul Atreides

      Difference is HTC devices are usually half-baked and they don’t really support them.

  • jamal adam

    qHD on a 5.8″ phone seems pretty sub-par and I feel that phones of this size would work well with an S Pen.

  • Bhugtaan mobile and Dth recharge App

    Is this is a feather touch phone or a simple touch.

  • Bzy

    I don’t know why most people complain, most markets that most of us are in will never see the “Mega” line of products in stores. Just like the Galaxy Players which got released in Korea with good specs. Products like the “Mega” and “Duos” are for certain regions of the world and they sell pretty well. It kinda sucks because if you really wanted to pick one up, you’d have to import..and for an item like this it would be a bit too much just to test.

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  • Nathan D.

    This is unnecessarily big

  • Jorge Vieira

    No spen no go ibwiuld rather go for the note 8.0 even if its not as portable.

  • thomas frost

    *drools* i would love a mega
    but i will wait for the tegra 5 chips and devices to come out.

  • Guido

    I’m curious if the galaxy mega will become as popular as the note (which people thought wasn’t going to be populair at all)
    But still, the samsung galaxy s4 will remain as their best smartphone. IMO

    • Paul

      Agree on that one. S4 will be their main smartphone to sell. Looking forward though to what the Samsung Galaxy Mega can do

  • moin

    this is not good for galaxy S4. BUT I am happy

  • Abhishek

    Anybody having any idea when do we get a key lime pie upgrade for S4…?

  • Monk

    With 2.5GB i’m OK… ;)