By Daniel Bean
Samsung has again decided to push the boundaries of our pockets with their latest and largest phones. We’re not even sure you can quite call them phones. In fact, Samsung has spurred many to give these large phones a new category name — “phablets,” a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet. Yes, they are large enough to be considered small tablets.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Mega phones come with either 5.8- or 6-inch screens. (In comparison, the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen.) These two new devices put Samsung’s original phablet — the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II – to shame. But while the Mega phones don’t offer the S-Pen stylus featured on the Note, they still offer a handful.
The biggest difference between the phones is screen size and specifications: the Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a HD screen, while the Mega 5.8 has a lower resolution QHD screen.The Mega 6.3 has slightly more powerful internal organs, with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 3,200 mAh battery. The Mega 5.8 has a slightly slower 1.4GHz dual-core processor and a smaller 2,600 mAh battery. Both Mega phones have 8-megapixel cameras on their back side and 1.9 megapixel front-facing cameras.
In terms of software, both phones come preloaded with the newest version of Android, Jelly Bean (4.2). However, Samsung has also pulled over some of the software features and apps that were announced with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 to the Galaxy Mega phones, including its messaging service ChatON, Group Play, S Translator and Drama Shot.
Much as it handled the launch of the Galaxy Note, the Mega phones will be available in Europe and Russia in May. Whether the pocket-busting Galaxy Mega phones will ever reach the U.S. hasn’t been revealed. As then reported by GottaBeMobile, Samsung originally stated they had “no plans” to bring the Galaxy Note to the states, but the Note II is now available all four major U.S. carriers, and a popular device to boot. All we can say is, make room in your pockets.