Samsung today launched its Mega series of smartphones that includes the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3. Both the devices feature humongous displays – 5.8-inches and 6.3-inches respectively – which Samsung claims is what users have been asking it for. While we are averse to “portable” devices that don’t fit in our trouser pockets, we have been proven wrong in the past when it comes to Samsung products. We had our apprehensions about the first Galaxy Note with its now seemingly perfect 5.3-inch display and were not sure why anyone in their right mind would ever slap such a huge slab against their cheeks to make voice calls. Guess what, users don’t bother how they look like when they talk on a huge device or when their pants bulge out on the verge of the seams coming off. They just want bigger displays and Samsung is satiating that demand with the Galaxy Mega series. Also Read - This could be Micromax’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 5.8
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 looks like a blown up version of the Galaxy Grand. The device, though monstrous in size, doesn’t feel as big, especially if one compares it with the Galaxy Note II. Despite having a bigger display, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 is almost the same weight (in fact, a gram lighter) and slightly wider. The only thing is it is tall, which might make it difficult to use it with one hand, especially while accessing the notification drawer. But then that has been the case with almost every smartphone with a 5-inch or bigger display, so this isn’t unique to the Galaxy Mega 5.8. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Duos surfaces online
Like the Galaxy Grand, in order to get the pricing right, one has to compromise on the display, which is now in qHD resolution. It doesn’t look that bad in general usage but the low pixel density is apparent when one compares to comparably priced devices with a 720p display. It runs on a 1.4GHz dual-core Broadcom processor with 1.5GB RAM. While it is too early to comment on the processor performance, things seemed to be moving at a pretty crisp pace during the few minutes we played with it. Other features include 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and dual-SIM (micro-SIM) support. It also has an 8-megapixel rear and a 1.9-megapixel front cameras. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Android phablet now available online in India for Rs 30,990
Priced at Rs 25,100, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 is a pretty interesting device, especially for those looking for a device with a big display. What remains to be seen is whether there is a big enough audience for it.
The Galaxy Mega 6.3 continues where the Galaxy Mega 5.8 left and things just get bigger. The 6.3-inch 720p display is sharper than what we expected and stretches the idea of portability to a new level. It is closer to a tablet than a smartphone but Samsung takes care of that aspect with its user interface that not only gives its split screen feature but the UI also rotates in the homescreen. Unlike the Galaxy Mega 5.8, it comes in a single SIM version only, indicating that Samsung expects users to use it more like a tablet substitute.
The design, like the Galaxy Mega 5.8, is typical of Samsung’s Galaxy portfolio. While most of the specifications remain the same, Samsung has swapped the Broadcom processor with a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz and comes with 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot. It also gets NFC connectivity, which is missing from the Galaxy Mega 5.8.
Priced at Rs 31,490, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 stretches a lot of boundaries. However, the good thing for Samsung is it won’t have any competition from any tier one OEM. However, Samsung is banking on the premise that users would use a 6.3-inch device rather than a 7-inch Galaxy Tab that might offer similar features or even the Galaxy Note 510 (Galaxy Note 8.0), which I believe offers much more at a lower price.
Photographs: Harshita Rustagi
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