Aug 19 AT 10:25 AM Nick Sarafolean 5 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Mega hits US shores on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular


You guys remember the Galaxy Mega, right? Samsung’s rather enormous phone that comes in at a generous 6.3-inches? The phone originally launched across the pond in Europe but it seems that Samsung has decided to bring it stateside. The behemoth of a smartphone will be available in black and white on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular. Sprint and AT&T have both sent out notes about it with Sprint merely saying that they’ll be offering the device with unlimited data. AT&T provided a few more details, however, with a release date of August 23 and a price tag of $149.99 on contract. No word from US Cellular yet.

Unfortunately, the specs in the Galaxy Mega are beginning to age a bit. The Galaxy Mega packs a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera, 6.3-inch 720p LCD display, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and a 3,200mAh battery. But for some people, the size might just be the key factor in buying it.

Would you buy a Galaxy Mega?

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Dallas, TX — August 19, 2013 — Continuing its commitment to provide choice to consumers, Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) today announces the Samsung Galaxy Megaâ„¢ for the U.S. market. The 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega is the ideal hybrid mobile device for those who want to experience smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet.

“We continue to bring innovation with our Galaxy family of devices, with the Galaxy Mega representing a manifestation of consumer’s enthusiasm for our thin, large screen designs,” said Nick DiCarlo, vice president of product planning and marketing at Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy Mega combines exceptional features from the Samsung Galaxy smartphone family with a 6.3-inch screen, making it an optimal device for movies, books, music and games.”

Superior Galaxy® Features
The Galaxy Mega allows users to enjoy many of the benefits of Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S® 4, on an even larger screen. The Galaxy Mega’s big-screen experience enhances everything you do on a smartphone — whether it’s watching a video, browsing web pages or composing an email.
· Air Viewâ„¢: Explore information and content on your Galaxy Mega without ever touching the screen. Simply hover your finger an inch above the screen to preview emails and photos, initiate speed-dial and even magnify text.
· Multi Window: Multi Window split screen multitasking allows users to seamlessly run multiple apps on one screen simultaneously, and is now better than ever on the 6.3-inch HD screen of the Galaxy Mega. Watch a movie on Samsung Hubâ„¢ and check email at the same time, all by dragging and dropping apps on the same screen.
· WatchONâ„¢: Control your television using the Galaxy Mega as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with the Integrated Infrared (IR) controller that makes Smart Remote functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy Mega to a TV effortlessly, as well as channel surf in a smart, new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.
· Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the settings menu easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy Mega, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.

Captivating Camera
At 8-megapixels, the Galaxy Mega rear-facing camera has zero shutter lag to capture life’s memorable moments without delay. The Galaxy Mega is equipped with the easy-to-navigate Galaxy Cameraâ„¢ user interface which supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer. Galaxy Mega users can also create photo albums on the fly with Story Albumâ„¢ – a unique way to group content by event or date. With the spacious display and a variety of filters and editing tools, smartphone photos have never looked better.

Powerful Performance
The Galaxy Mega has 6.3 inches of screen real estate with a HD Super Clear LCD (720×1280) display that beautifully showcases photos, e-books and magazines, or PowerPoint presentations. Wide viewing angles mean that users can maximize productivity and never sacrifice their experience.

The Galaxy Mega runs Androidâ„¢ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), powered by a 1.7 GHz dual core CPU and 1.5 GB of internal RAM. Users can store large libraries of photos, music and videos with expandable storage of up to 64 GB of memory with an external microSDâ„¢ card.

The Galaxy Mega is also SAFEâ„¢ (Samsung for Enterprise), allowing users to work and play with confidence that their photos, emails and contacts are protected. Built with enough power to get you through the longest work days, the Galaxy Mega is powered by a removable 3,200 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge.

Protect the Galaxy Mega with an assortment of cover options, such as the S-View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover with a clear window to answer or reject a call and view battery status. The traditional Flip Cover provides similar functionality without a viewing window, and the Protective Cover + fits snugly around the Galaxy Mega to protect against bumps and falls. Sold separately, the S-View Flip Cover, Flip Cover and Protective Cover + come in a variety of vibrant colors to add personality and style, all while protecting the Galaxy Mega.

The Galaxy Mega comes in Nova Black and Polaris White color options and will be available beginning this month. AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular will carry the device – each carrier will announce their specific availability, colors and timing.

For more information on the Galaxy Mega and accessories, please visit

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • staryoshi

    I’m looking for a phablet, but I’d really rather not buy a Samsung offering – I’m so tired of TouchWiz on my Galaxy SII E4GT and I’d rather not root it.

    What I’d really like is a Nexus 5 or 5.5 made by Asus. That’s my dream phone.

    • Guy

      Yea, I like asus too, but I love the Spen. Hopefully the note III will be sweet.

  • thomas

    I’m in love with this phone…it has poor specs because if it was that big and as powerful as an s4..the price would be about 400$ contract…no one wants that …and everyone who says its to big..oh well your not gonna buy it…movies and hanes will be good on it…and I plan on hitting the first person that says its to big in the face when I get it…

  • donger

    You can galaxy with this or you can galaxy with that?

  • arnold wong

    Yes, I would buy it. I have been waiting since I read about the phone. Finally, it’s coming to the U.S. If now only Verizon will offer it, I would be in there to update my contract with this new phne. The Mega is perfect for senior citizens.