Samsung Galaxy Mega officially announced, global launch set for May

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Mega and it will come in two screen sizes – 6.3 inches and 5.8 inches – sometime in May. The company intends it to provide the portability of a smartphone combined with the ‘power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience’ of a tablet. Isn’t that what a tablet was supposed to do; meld the convenience of a cell phone with the capabilities of a computer?

Anyway, the device was rumored to be in existence just a few days ago, and it seems the talk got pretty much everything correct except for the platform (both versions of the device run on Android 4.2). Also, the 6.3-inch model is only slightly thicker than predicted, while the 5.8-inch version is a lot thinner than initially thought.

6.3-inch Version

Let’s focus on the larger device first, pictured here in black. An HD TFT display has been mentioned with an exact resolution not yet confirmed. There will be a 1.7GHz dual core application processor (AP) and 1.5GB of RAM with the choice of either 8GB or 16GB of on-board storage. Expansion is possible up to 64GB. It weighs 199 grams and measures 167.6 x 88 x 8.0 millimeters in dimensions. An array of sensors and a 3,200mAh Li-ion battery round it all up.

On the other side of things, the smaller handset (seen in white) will come with a QHD TFT touch screen display and a dual core 1.4GHz AP, but the same amount of RAM. Internal memory is restricted to 8GB with the option to extend this by as much as 64GB thanks to a microSD card slot. Measuring 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 millimeters in dimensions, it will weigh 182 grams and house a 2,600mAh Li-ion power unit.

5.8-inch Model

An 8MP primary camera on the back is a feature shared by both smartphones, as is the 1.9MP front-facing webcam. In addition, both will come with a few premium capabilities found on the newly-revealed GS4, including S Translator, WatchOn, Air View and Story Album. Lastly, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), Wi-Fi Direct and GPS with GLONASS are all common, while the larger adds NFC and MHL.

Regarding the Samsung Galaxy Mega, all that’s left to be confirmed is a price, although we recently saw the 6.3-inch version go up for pre-order in Germany for €699, without a contract. It is expected to start rolling out to markets starting in Europe and Russia next month.

Specifications of the handsets have been listed here:

6.3-inch handset:

– Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
– 6.3-inch HD TFT LCD screen
– 8MP primary camera
– 1.9MP webcam on front
– 1.7GHz dual core AP
– 1.5GB of RAM
– 8GB and16GB internal storage choices
– Expandability by up to 64GB
– 3,200mAh Li-ion battery
– 167.6 x 88 x 8.0 millimeters in dimensions
– Weighs 199 grams

5.8-inch device:

– Android 4.2 platform
– 5.8-inch QHD TFT screen
– 8MP main camera
– 1.9MP secondary snapper
– Dual core 1.4GHz application processor
– 1.5GB of RAM
– 8GB of on-board memory
– Expandability by up to 64GB
– 2,600mAh Li-ion battery
– 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 millimeters in dimensions
– Weighs 182 gram