Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 official: specs, features, release date and pricing

April 11, 2013
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Samsung on Thursday announced two new Galaxy smartphones, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and the Galaxy Mega 5.8, both devices that appeared in a previous series of leaks and rumors.

The Mega is a new subfamily of the Galaxy tree, one that seems to include even bigger handsets than the Note series.

Specs and features

We have seen rumored specs and features for both devices already but it’s time to look at the real deal. From the start, we’re going to tell you that these aren’t necessarily flagship devices by 2013 standards, although they’re certainly going to offer you a great Android experience.

Galaxy Mega 6.3

  • 6.3-inch LCD HD display with 720p resolution
  • 1.7GHz dual-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB/16GB storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • LTE support
  • IR sensor
  • NFC
  • MHL
  • Size: 167.6 x 88 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 199g
  • 3200mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz on top
  • Samsung apps: Group Play, Samsung WatchON, Samsung Link, S Translator, ChatON, S Memo, S Planner, S Travel, Story Album, Air View

Galaxy Mega 5.8

  • 5.8-inch LCD display with qHD resolution (960 x 540)
  • 1.4GHz dual-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • IR sensor
  • Size: 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0mm
  • Weight: 182g
  • 2600mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz on top
  • Samsung apps: Group Play, Samsung WatchON, Samsung Link, S Translator, ChatON, S Memo, S Planner, S Travel, Story Album, Air View

Release date and pricing

As usual, official press releases for new products aren’t ready to reveal that many availability details for said devices. The same goes for the new Galaxy Mega smartphones announcement.

Samsung says the handsets will launch “globally” starting with May when they’ll hit “Europe and Russia.” Since Samsung makes a clear distinction between Europe and Russia, does this mean that Russian Android fans will be the first ones to get the new devices? We’ll have to get back to you on that once Samsung and carrier partners will be ready to share more information.

The company didn’t specifically mention any release dates for the U.S. market at this time.

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Pricing details for the either model aren’t available at this time either, so we’ll just have to wait for retailers to share more details about their Galaxy Mega launch plans. At least one retailer in Germany has started taking Galaxy Mega 6.3 pre-orders even before Samsung announced the smartphone (priced at €699), but we’ll advise you to stay away for such offers until we actually get official pricing for the new devices.

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