Samsung today has launched the first two models of its Mega series of phablets namely the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3 both of which feature massive displays corresponding to the numbers in their names. These phablets are aimed at users who are not content with 5-inch smartphones and are looking at even bigger displays. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is priced at Rs 25,100 and will be available within a week, while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is priced at Rs 31,490 and will be available around June 10.
Specification wise, both the devices are based on a similar design model and have a similar set of features as well. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a 5.8-inch qHD display while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 comes with a 6.3-inch 720p display. The phablets run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and are powered by a dual-core Broadcomm Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.4GHz in the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and a dual-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.7GHz in the Galaxy Mega 6.3. In terms of memory space, both feature 1.5GB RAM, and 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD.
Other common features in both the phablets include an 8-megapixel rear, a 1.9-megapixel front cameras, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 gets dual-SIM support, while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 stays with a siugle-SIM and on the connectivity front, both support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS and more. Additionally, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 also comes with support for NFC.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is slightly thicker at 9mm than the Galaxy Mega 6.3 which is 8mm thick, and weighs 182 grams while the 6.8 weighs 199 grams. In terms of battery, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a 2,600mAh battery, while the 6.3 houses a 3,200mAh battery.
Samsung India has also tied up with RCOM and Vodafone to offer unique data plans for its customers, with RCOM customers getting free 2GB of data per month for a period of 3 months as well as unlimited access to Big flicks, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. Vodafone users, on the other hand, are being offered free 2GB of data per month for a period of 2 months.
The Galaxy Mega is an interesting product series considering Samsung does not offer Galaxy Note like features on displays that are bigger than the Galaxy Note II. Instead, we would think of it as bigger variants of the Galaxy Grand product range aimed at users who just want a bigger display on their phones. Yes, one would have to make a few compromises, especially with the display resolution and the processor but the success of the Galaxy Grand suggests that users don’t mind the compromises, especially when there is no competition in the segment from any other tier one vendor. At these prices, one can easily get the Galaxy S III or even a Galaxy Note II by investing a little more. But then it is for users who live by the “bigger is better” maxim.