Samsung's massive Galaxy Mega phablet to arrive on US soil this week

By on August 20, 2013, 11:15 AM

Samsung’s Galaxy Mega smartphone is headed to US soil later this week. The aptly-named 6.3-inch phablet will launch on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular in black and white starting August 23 according to a press release from Samsung.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Mega earlier this year although it was never clear if the phone would be sold in the states. We now know that it’ll arrive with the aforementioned 6.3-inch HD Super Clear LCD display operating at 720 x 1,280 and is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and a removable 3,200mAh battery - all running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Around back is an 8-megapixel camera with support for many of Samsung’s key features like Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot and Panorama. Users can also create photo albums using Story Album, a program that groups content by date or event.

The Mega’s large screen will be put to good use through Multi Window. This allows a user to run multiple apps on the screen at the same time. For example, one could watch a movie through Samsung Hub while simultaneously checking e-mail, surfing the web or texting with a friend.

The Mega will be available first through AT&T this Friday for $149.99 with a typical two year contract or $24 per month through AT&T Next, the carrier’s early upgrade program. Sprint said they will deliver the handset to customers later this year while US Cellular has yet to reveal launch details.

It’s interesting that Samsung is bringing the Mega to the states just weeks before the Galaxy Note III unveiling but then again, it’s been Samsung’s strategy to flood the market with devices and see what sticks. Judging by their success, it’s not a bad strategy either.




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Rasta211 said:

Bigger is better?

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

"it?s been Samsung?s strategy to flood the market with devices and see what sticks"

They may introduce 10ish new products per year, but at least they're trying to innovate. Each device is unique. You never know what's going to become the next market fad in this day and age. Hell, cerebral linking could be the next feature that makes a phone a hit.

mctommy said:

"it?s been Samsung?s strategy to flood the market with devices and see what sticks"

They may introduce 10ish new products per year, but at least they're trying to innovate. Each device is unique. You never know what's going to become the next market fad in this day and age. Hell, cerebral linking could be the next feature that makes a phone a hit.

I personally don't see the innovation. The few differences between the Tab and the Note 10.1 were not that innovative. I do have the Note 10.1 and like it. As far as Galaxy S3 vs. S4, changes were minimal as well. My next phone my be the HTC one or its successor (or whatever else is available at that time) - since I won't be able to upgrade until fall of 2014.

Guest said:

If screens didn't shatter so easily and frequently, I would consider this phone. I like large screens. I don't hold my phone to my ear ever, I have a bluetooth earpiece. I am also texting and surfing the next much more than I actually talk on my phone anyhow. It also depends how massive it is in my pocket, I think it would fit alright.

IAMTHESTIG said:

Interesting... It will be fun to see who ends up buying these things. You would think your grandparents would be ideal, they would like the big screen. But they probably think it is too garish and simply ridiculous.

I would love to see Windows 8 Pro on a device like this, but I am power user with mobility in mind.

1 person liked this | MilwaukeeMike said:

Why is a 6.3 inch Samsung device 'massive' but a 7.9 inch iPad is a 'mini'? Just because it can make phone calls?

Guest said:

Windows power user

an oxymoron if I ever heard one

Panda218 Panda218 said:

"it?s been Samsung?s strategy to flood the market with devices and see what sticks"

They may introduce 10ish new products per year, but at least they're trying to innovate. Each device is unique. You never know what's going to become the next market fad in this day and age. Hell, cerebral linking could be the next feature that makes a phone a hit.

I personally don't see the innovation. The few differences between the Tab and the Note 10.1 were not that innovative. I do have the Note 10.1 and like it. As far as Galaxy S3 vs. S4, changes were minimal as well. My next phone my be the HTC one or its successor (or whatever else is available at that time) - since I won't be able to upgrade until fall of 2014.

I'd be surprised if HTC is still making phones by that time. I upgraded my Galaxy S2 to a HTC One and returned it no more than 4 days later for a Galaxy S4. I do agree that the jump from the S3 to the S4 isn't that big, but if you consider all of the sensors they added to the device it's hard to say they aren't innovating.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

I personally don't see the innovation. The few differences between the Tab and the Note 10.1 were not that innovative. I do have the Note 10.1 and like it. As far as Galaxy S3 vs. S4, changes were minimal as well. My next phone my be the HTC one or its successor (or whatever else is available at that time) - since I won't be able to upgrade until fall of 2014.

I think the jump from the Galaxy S3 to the S4 was a little more innovating than the jump from the iPhone 4s to the 5. There are 4 versions of the Galaxy S4, each of which is very different. There is the Zoom, Active, Mini, and the regular S4. Each one of those is unique and available in many colors. At least Samsung is trying to cater to a wide range of people instead of the lack of innovation from Apple featuring minimal changes and two colors (three if you count Pimp Gold, which I don't until I see it available).

mctommy said:

"it?s been Samsung?s strategy to flood the market with devices and see what sticks"

They may introduce 10ish new products per year, but at least they're trying to innovate. Each device is unique. You never know what's going to become the next market fad in this day and age. Hell, cerebral linking could be the next feature that makes a phone a hit.

I personally don't see the innovation. The few differences between the Tab and the Note 10.1 were not that innovative. I do have the Note 10.1 and like it. As far as Galaxy S3 vs. S4, changes were minimal as well. My next phone my be the HTC one or its successor (or whatever else is available at that time) - since I won't be able to upgrade until fall of 2014.

I'd be surprised if HTC is still making phones by that time. I upgraded my Galaxy S2 to a HTC One and returned it no more than 4 days later for a Galaxy S4. I do agree that the jump from the S3 to the S4 isn't that big, but if you consider all of the sensors they added to the device it's hard to say they aren't innovating.

HTC will still make phones then if they don't die after spending all that money on marketing (see new ads with RDJ).

I personally don't see the innovation. The few differences between the Tab and the Note 10.1 were not that innovative. I do have the Note 10.1 and like it. As far as Galaxy S3 vs. S4, changes were minimal as well. My next phone my be the HTC one or its successor (or whatever else is available at that time) - since I won't be able to upgrade until fall of 2014.

I think the jump from the Galaxy S3 to the S4 was a little more innovating than the jump from the iPhone 4s to the 5. There are 4 versions of the Galaxy S4, each of which is very different. There is the Zoom, Active, Mini, and the regular S4. Each one of those is unique and available in many colors. At least Samsung is trying to cater to a wide range of people instead of the lack of innovation from Apple featuring minimal changes and two colors (three if you count Pimp Gold, which I don't until I see it available).

Having 4 different kinds is hardly innovating - see how people made fun of apple about the iPad - it's just a bigger iPhone) vs. Galaxy S4 mini. Same thing happened with the iPad mini, it's just a smaller size iPad. Regardless if it's Samsung or Apple or HTC, I guess from my point of view, there hasn't been THAT much innovation in the smartphone arena in the last few years or so... the whole industry in general has been let's play with chips, screen sizes and screen resolution, then mix a few new features/sensors here and there and bam, here is the next phone. Don't get me wrong, the S3 is great for my use. The iPhone 5 is great for my wife who likes things to work out of the box without customization.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Why is a 6.3 inch Samsung device 'massive' but a 7.9 inch iPad is a 'mini'? Just because it can make phone calls?

Marketing my boy, marketing. Not logic.

Guest said:

Now, I cant tell the difference between tablet and mega-phablet

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