Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 continue trend for supersized smartphones

11 Apr 2013

Android smartphone screen sizes continue to grow with Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3

Samsung has unveiled a pair of even bigger smartphones - the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3.

The two devices will build on Samsung’s existing "phablet" line-up, namely its Galaxy Note series, and will reach Europe next month. Unlike the Note range, Samsung’s new phones don't support a stylus.

The firm says that the 6.3in flagship device boasts an 720p HD display, LTE connectivity and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and is available with 8GB or 16GB of storage. It measures 167.6 x 88 x 8.0mm.

The 5.8in phone (pictured) has a more modest spec, with a 1.4GHz processor, 960 x 540 resolution and only 8GB of built-in storage, though both support additional memory expansion with a microSD card up to 64GB. The 5.8in model measures 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0mm.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

Both phones will run on Android 4.2 and offer an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. They will also boast the same new software features as the Galaxy S4, namely trip app S Travel, photo app Story Album and speech-to-text service S Translator, among other services.

There are no details on pricing as yet, and Samsung plans to launch the devices in Europe from May.

The aptly named Mega devices continue the trend of ever-growing screen sizes on Android smartphones. "We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more," said JK Shin, Samsung’s IT & mobile business chief in a statement.

Shipments of "phablets" are predicted to double this year according to a January report from IHS iSuppli, after numerous manufacturers showcased new devices at CES. Last July, Samsung claimed it had shipped more than 10m units of its Galaxy Note devices in less than a year.

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