If you thought that the five-inch full HD super amoled display of the Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy S4 was just not being enough, then you probably already need a tablet. If, however, you want something that is a little larger yet not quite a tablet, fear not.
This week, Samsung is announcing that Galaxy Mega will soon be available in the US. This is a smartphone that is considered to be a phablet. If you can’t figure it out, that would be a cross between a phone and a tablet.
A phablet is a smartphone class device featuring screen sizes that range from 5.0 to 6.9 inches. It is designed to combine or straddle the functionalities of a smartphone and tablet. In essence, this eliminates the need for two devices. You can get an idea of the size from the image below.
The Galaxy Mega has a 6.3 inch display. Basically, this smartphone is a larger version of the Galaxy S4. It appears that if you compare the two, the features are approximately the same. Nick DiCarlo, vice president of product planning and marketing at Samsung, described it thusly: "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."
Most of the features function pretty much the way they do on the Galax S4, including Air View, which allows you to preview emails and photos by hovering your finger an inch above the screen. You can use any of the numerous shooting modes of the rear facing eight megapixel camera. These include Panorama and Sound & Shot modes.
The Galaxy Mega runs Android 4.2.2, also known as Jelly Bean. It is powered by a 1.7-GHz dual-core processor. Internally, it has 1.5GB of RAM (News - Alert). If you need more storage for additional music, photos and videos, you can use the microSD slot. It will accept up to 64GB of expendable storage with an external microSD card. The large 3,200-mAh removable battery should allow the phone to run throughout the day on a single charge.
For those of you who need more than just features, the Galaxy Mega comes in Nova Black and Polaris White. The U.S. seems to be playing catch up since the Galaxy Mega has already been available in South Korea, Europe and Russia.
The earliest you can get both hands on one is this Friday, August 23, 2013. AT&T (News - Alert) will be the first provider to offer it for $149.99 with its two-year contract. You can also use AT&T’s new Next installment plan and pay $24 a month.
Sprint (News - Alert) will take its time and off the phone sometime later this year. Sprint will offer the Galaxy Mega under its unlimited 4G LTE data plans. US Cellular will offer it sometime soon, but didn’t have an exact date yet.
Edited by Rich Steeves