We're not sure if smartphones with six-inch displays will catch on, but we'll roll with it (for now), seeing as how "phablets" have become so popular over the last few years. As predicted, Samsung's Galaxy Mega smartphones are a step up from the company's already huge Galaxy Note smartphone family.
The smaller of the two Galaxy Mega smartphones has a 5.8-inch screen, 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel front camera, and a 2,600mAh battery. What's interesting is that despite the larger screen size between this and the Galaxy Note II (5.5-inch), the resolution is actually worse: 960 x 540 versus 1280 x 720. The battery life is also a sharp drop from Note II's massive 3,100mAh lithium-ion battery. In fact, just about everything about the 5.8-inch Galaxy Mega is weaker than the Note II.
Moving on, the other Galaxy Mega smartphone has a 6.3-inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD) and the same 8-megapixel front/1.9-megapixel rear camera. To power the monstrous screen, Samsung stuffed a 3,200mAh battery in, which we hope is enough. At the very least, with the 6.3-inch model, Samsung's reclaimed its title for having the world's largest smartphone from Huawei's 6.1-inch Ascend Mate.
On the software side, both smartphones run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and include all of the new "S" and "Smart" features Samsung announced for the Galaxy S4. No surprise here. Now if only Samsung would ditch the TouchWiz layer for pure Android.
Judging by the specs, the only real draw to the Galaxy Mega smartphones are their extra large screens, something JK Shin, Samsung's mobile chief states in a press release: "We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing…We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers’ varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning GALAXY series."
Depending on your hand size, the Galaxy Mega smartphones may or may not be something you're interested in. Both Galaxy Mega smartphones are on track for a global launch starting in Europe this May. So, we pose the question again, how big is too big for a smartphone? Clearly, for Samsung, there's no such thing as too big, and bigger is always better.