It’s Samsung’s biggest phone yet. The South Korean technology giant has unveiled the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega.
The firm is confident the Galaxy Mega will be yet another success as Samsung seeks to control the so-called phablet market.
Critics mocked the firm when it launched the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note two years ago. At the time, some felt the Note was too big to be a phone but too small to be useful as a tablet.
But Samsung has definitely had the last laugh, having effectively created the smartphone-tablet hybrid now known as the phablet.
And its latest model is its largest mobile yet – the expected Galaxy Note 8.0 with its huge 8-inch screen is being marketed by Samsung as a tablet rather than a phone, although it does have the ability to make calls.
So far, the company hasn’t released full details but what we do know is the new device will be perfect for multi taskers. According to Samsung, it will feature an impressive HD screen which can run two applications alongside each other, including video.
A Samsung spokesman said the Galaxy mega would “combine the portability and convenience of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet.”
The Galaxy Mega will come with two cameras – an 8-megapixel rear-facing feature and a 1.9-megapixel camera. There are a raft of different camera modes including Drama Shot which allows users to merge continuous shots and Sound and Shot which means you can add a voice over to your photos, perhaps as a reminder of where you were and when.
It will also be packed with a dual-core processor and up to 64GB of memory. The device will run on Google’s 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The screen offers an impressive 234 pixels per inch which means the device can support 720p resolution video playback.
Expected to be available in Britain from the middle of May, the Mega will also come with a cluster of brand new features. Group Play is designed to allow up to eight gizmos to easily share content over the same Wi-Fi network.
Then there’s Samsung WatchON which turns your device into a remote control with something extra – not only does it change the channels, it also provides recommendations of programmes and movies you might like. Samsung Link is a way to stream photos, movies, notes or tunes while ChatON allows you to share what’s on your screen with your friends.
The new phone is also expected to offer a battery life that is as big as its screen, with Samsung saying improved software means the device will be super efficient.
Despite its mammoth proportions, Samsung is insistent that its Galaxy Mega is small and light enough, weighing in at 199g, to fit into a pocket and to be used with just one hand.
However, some analysts are suggesting bigger is not always best. Chris Green from tech consultancy Davies Murphy Group says 6.3-inches may be a step too far. “There is a genuine demand for larger smartphones,” he said, “the problem is at what point does a smartphone turn into a tablet.”