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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 continue trend for supersized smartphones

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By Shona Ghosh

Posted on 11 Apr 2013 at 12:34

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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User comments

Pointless

That's what a tablet is for!!

By chunkymacain on 11 Apr 2013

Phablet

I mainly hope such phones die out so that the term "phablet" doesn't fall into widespread use.

By halsteadk on 11 Apr 2013

Phablet also called the "IneptPhone" or "Feeblet"

Why would anyone want anything so stupidly large?

It just conjurers visions of Dom Jolly walking down the street screaming into a 3ft tall Nokia, "Yeah, I'm on a smartphone" "No, it's stupid!"
Ala Trigger Happy TV http://www.amazon.co.uk/Trigger-Happy-Series-1-DVD
/dp/B000F4LGB8/ (see the cover picture, you'll get the idea)

By cheysuli on 11 Apr 2013

Another day, another Galaxy

I have a sensible sized Galaxy smartphone which fits in my pocket and I can used single handed. Because of the sheer volume of phones Samsung are releasing it doesn't get any updates for firmware in the UK. But in mainland Europe it does, which seems wrong to me. I believe they are stretching themselves way too far by releasing so many different iterations all the time.

So mine has to be unofficially flashed with official firmware designed for it using a third party tool.

Don't get me wrong, the phone is great. The support however is a tad lacking and the Kies software is junk.

By mr_chips on 11 Apr 2013

Some of you miss the point

I'm assuming most of you who discount phablets are a. old(er) b. don't travel extensively. The Asian market for example consists of millions of people who can't afford separate tablet or computers or even wifi at their house. Phablets offer them a perfect solution. Just because you don't need it, doesn't make it "pointless". The millions of units sold disagrees with you. @cheysuli: they invented something called headphones which come free with these units so you can multitask with it while talking... it's amazing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0JqHSwWmYY

By mcmpro1 on 11 Apr 2013

HTC Mini

These phones cry out for something like the HTC mini, so that you can leave the phone in your pocket or bag when using it as a telephone.

They may also prompt a fashion for bigger pockets, as none of my coat pockets will take a Galaxy Note.

By tirons1 on 11 Apr 2013

Phablet actually a worse phrase than RomCom

This is too funny. You dont need much creative visualisation to foresee the fact youll look like a fool answering calls on that thing. Love the Galaxy, but thats verging on being too big IMHO. I dont blame Samsung if people are daft enough to buy them, but this is one scenerio where bigger is definitely not better. Oh well soon people will be bored of bigger and we'll turn full circle and things will start shrinking again. Bring it on. Sooner rather than later with any luck...

By jamesv1001 on 11 Apr 2013

"Why would anyone want anything so stupidly large?"

If there's a demand, they will sell. If not, they won't.

Personally, as someone with a degenerative optical condition, I prefer the option of a larger screen.

In some ways it's all moot though, I'm still using an 8 year old "dumb" phone and will do so until it finally dies on me.

Heaven knows how big phone screens will be by then.

By Alfresco on 12 Apr 2013

@mcmpro1

Headphones are not a new invention and they don't stop people shouting when they're making a call - the ironic comedy of Dom Jolly.
If you were older, you'd remember larger phones and why manufacturers raced to make smaller ones, practicality and portability.
I appreciate tablets have their function, but wouldn't a tethered or 3G tablet be better than a holding something the size of an iPad mini to make calls? And do you wear an earpiece the whole time, or just fumble to get one in before your caller hangs up?

A large screen for media consumption (web, video, etc.) is a blessing, but a large phone is a curse. It won't fit in a pocket (I don't use a handbag/manbag) you can't hang a 6" phone on your belt and it requires a headset to be at all practical.

There are more advantages to keeping the devices separate - a tablet for web/media and a phone for communications. If cost is an issue, use a 3G tablet and a cheap disposable phone handset.

When flexible screens arrive and phones can stretch or fold out larger screens, then the technology will fit your ideal, while being more inherently practical. Until then, these phones will only find a very small market niche.

By cheysuli on 12 Apr 2013

@cheysuli

Again my main point is that there are millions of people around the world who don't have the disposable income to have separate tablet to a phone. And many just don't want to either. If you could only afford to buy ONE item, I would bet you would want a phone with a large screen. Travel around asia. It's not a niche market. Thats why the Note has succeeded and that's why all the manufacturers (not just samsung) are producing larger phones.

By mcmpro1 on 12 Apr 2013

@mcmpro1

Hurrah, somebody gets it.

For me it would be a SatNav, web browser, email reader, photo editor & ftp transmitter, hotspot to get pix from an eye-fi card, diary, scheduler, contact device.

Oh and a telephone sometimes. But I'll probably pair it with a cheap blutooth handset when needed, but most of my calls can be handled using an earpiece.

By daveandrews1 on 15 Apr 2013

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