Samsung is super-sizing its newest smartphone screen. The Galaxy Mega will sport the largest screen of any smartphone and will challenge anyone with pixie-like fingers to successfully use this monster device. With 167.6 x 88 mm (6.59 x 3.46 in) measurements, the Mega dwarfs all other smartphones. Let's take a look at the latest details.
What we know
- Availability: August 23, 2013
- U.S. carriers: At the time of writing, AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular carry the Mega
- Base price: $150.00 (approximately, with a two-year contract)
- Display: Super Clear LCD, 6.3" size, HD 1.280 x 720 resolution
- Size: 167.6 x 88 x 8 mm dimension (H x W x D), 199 g weight
- Storage: 16 GB
- Camera: CMOS 1.9 MP resolution (front), CMOS 8 MP resolution (rear), Power LED (1 EA) flash, Auto Focus available — other features include: Beauty Face, Best Photo, Best Face, Drama, Rich Tone (High Dynamic Range), Sound & Shot, Sports, Continuous shot
- Connectivity: VOICE & DATA , HSPA-PLUS, EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1.800 / 1.900 MHZ), HSDPA 21 Mps HSUPA 5,76 Mbps (850 / 900 / 1.900 / 2.100 MHZ), 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 + 5 GHz dual-band available, Wi-Fi Direct available, BT 4.0 LE, NFC available (UICC, eSE), DLNA, MHL 1.0, HDMI 2 support, KIES, KIES Air support, GPS / GLONASS available
- Processor: 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset
- Memory: 1.5 GB of RAM
- Battery: 3200mAh standard battery, up to 10 hrs Internet usage time (3G), up to 6 hrs Internet usage time (LTE), up to 12 hrs Internet usage time (Wi-Fi), up to 11 hrs video playback time, up to 82 hrs audio playback time, up to 17 hrs talk time (W-CDMA), up to 420 hrs standby time (W-CDMA), up to 390 hrs standby time (LTE)
- Android version: 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro-sensor, Digital Compass (Magnetic), Luminance (RGB), Hall, Proximity
- Audio/Video support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC1, WMV7 / 8, Sorenson Spark, VP8, Full HD (1080p) video playback available, recording up to 30 fps, MP3, AAC, AAC+e, AMR, eAAC+, I-Melody, MIDI, WMA, FLAC, WAV, OGG, RA, 3GA, M4A, RTTTL / RTX, XMF, OTA
- Connectors: USB v2.0 H / S, 3.5 mm Stereo Earjack, microSD External Memory Slot, 3 FF (Micro SIM), Micro USB (11 pin) available, MHL 11 pin, HDMI 1.4
The skinny on the huge display
The Mega will take advantage of the 6.3 inch display in a number of ways. First, it will enjoy features taken from the Samsung Galaxy Note (and now the Galaxy S3 and S4), such as Multi Window. A new feature to the Mega is Split and Tablet view. These new features make the Mega a hybrid smartphone/tablet and allow the applications to make the most of the ultra-wide screen when in landscape mode. This over-sized screen makes the Mega ideal for movies on-the-go. What does this mean for business? If your business travel necessitates the viewing of webinars outside of the office, the Mega is the perfect solution.
Power hungry users will notice that the Mega doesn't pack as much punch as the CPU of the Galaxy S4 (quad-core 1.6 MHz). And, as I previously mentioned, the huge size does have its drawbacks. Trying to place a call with one hand will be a challenge for anyone with smallish fingers. And although that screen is gigantic, the quality of the display does not quite match up to that of its older siblings the S3 and S4. However, the difference is negligible, and the size of the display makes that difference easy to overlook. Of course, that comparison is more a nod to the brilliance of the Galaxy S3/4 displays and should not be seen as a knock on the display of the Mega.
Is the Mega the ideal business smartphone for you? Why or why not? Share your opinion in the discussion thread below.
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