Samsung recently unveiled a 6.3 inch monster phablet which it said was intended for customers in the Russian and Asian market. The same mini-tablet-cum-phone is now destined for the US market, after it made a stop at the FCC. Mega is different from Samsung’s sub-line of Galaxy Note in that it does not come with a stylus and is developed specially developed for content consumption such as multimedia. The Note line of Galaxy devices such as Note II and Note 8.0 come with styluses and are optimized for content creation.
The new Galaxy Mega also has both smartphone and tablet usability. With a wider LCD screen and a landscape user interface mode just like a tablet to maximize viewing experience for many different features, the Mega is a true hybrid of a tablet and a phone. Its design presents a slim light device and comes about a week before the company’s next flagship device the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone hits the shelves in the US and other markets around the world. Samsung Galaxy mega is one of the few Android gadgets with a 6 inch screen, one of the first to enter the market being Huawei Ascend with a 6.1 inch screen.
The tablet spotted at FCC features HSPA+ bands (850MHz and 1900MHz) which shows that the device will be headed to AT&T when it is finally launched. The GT-I9200 model is the only version with HSPA+ meaning that it will not have 4G LTE capability like its counterpart I9205. This mid-ranger device with a huge display is a perfect handset for people who wish to have a smartphone and a tablet in one device, but are willing to sacrifice power for usability.
Other features of the Galaxy Mega are a 1.7 GHz dual core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, a choice of 8 and 16 GB internal memory card with a microSD card slot, an 8 megapixels rear camera, 1.9 megapixels front camera and will come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box and Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface among other Samsung Apps.
Over the past couple of years, Samsung has climbed the ladder to be the dominant manufacturer of smartphones and tablets. It is now offering a wide arrange of devices for all kinds of users – from budget low priced devices to high end high performance devices. The Samsung Mega series comes as a surprise because Samsung launched galaxy Note 8.0 not so long ago and is expected to launch galaxy note 3 later this year.
The availability details of the gadget have not yet been made public but it is likely that Samsung will make the announcement within a month or two. It is also too early to tell whether only AT&T will be stocking the phablet soon or it may be coming through different carriers despite the fact that it doesn’t come with LTE support. Let us wait and see.