For those who may find even today's extra-large Android phones a tad small, Samsung hears your pain. The Korean company will launch the Samsung Galaxy Mega — a smartphone with an enormous 6.3-inch screen — in the United States.
Samsung first unveiled the Mega back in April, targeting overseas markets. It was only a matter of time before the gargantuan phone made it to the U.S. It comes just several weeks before the next Samsung big-screen phone, the Galaxy Note 3, is expected to arrive.
The Galaxy Mega will be available on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular in both "nova black" and "polaris white." AT&T will start selling the phone Aug. 23 for either $24 a month or $149.99 with a two-year contract. The other two carriers have yet to announce pricing and launch dates.
However, is there a danger the Mega could cannibalize the market for the Note. This is unlikely, since in addition to sporting a large screen, the Note includes a stylus, with much of the phone's software tweaked to emphasize the productivity tasks the digitizing pen enables.
While Galaxy Mega's screen is big, the phone isn't as powerful on other specs. Its 6.3-inch screen has a resolution of 1,280 x 720, a step down from the 1,920 x 1,080 displays on most flagship phones today. The processor is a 1.7GHz dual-core chip with 1.5GB of RAM — decent specs, but not as outstanding as, say the Galaxy S4.
As a Galaxy phone, though, the Mega does include many of the line's signature abilities, such as Air View, in which the screen "senses" your fingertips hovering; Multi Window, in which two apps can run on the screen simultaneously; and an infrared port that lets you use the Mega as a remote control for your TV.
The average size of smartphone screens has certainly been increasing over the past couple of years, with Samsung's Galaxy Note phones leading the trend. The HTC One and Motorola Moto X, with their 4.7-inch screens, look downright small next to the likes of the 5.2-inch LG G2 and the Galaxy Mega.
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