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.

Comments

  • Bone

    While there will be size-criticism, some critics will go on with their day switching between their Android phone and 7″ Android tablet, carrying 2 same-functionality gadgets around, which is hardly ideal. So why not have one phablet that does both worlds justice, it’s slim bezel device is so much easier to hold and carry, and considering that 7″-ers with barely even exist with LTE support and don’t come cheap, a well-priced mid-range phablet with 4G could be ideal if you plan to use both a smartphone and a smart tablet. Sure, it’s no Note, but it will be well-priced under the Note, and that’s the key.

    Why carry two of the same thing if you can carry just one?

  • mikkej2k

    What are the biggest differences between the Mega phones and the Note phones?

    • Andreas Larsson

      Mega is a bigger mid range phone, and note is a smaler premium phone with higher resolution display, faster processor and gpu, better battery and the wacom stylus

      • John F

        Wow! Who would’ve thought the Note would be described as smaller? Lol

        • Andreas Larsson

          Haha :D

    • Jelly Bean

      The Mega is mega, and the Note is for note-taking.

  • P3

    Note II – Faster, Better display.
    Mega – Good with processing and ram, It will mid price range phone with quality product.

    • RaptorOO7

      The CEO at one of EU’s large telecom’s comments how customers are moving away from the iPhone due to its high cost, so more Samsung options for the EU market is just what they needed.

  • Bruno Medeiros

    Congratulations Samsung, releasing big midrange phones to make the Note look smaller.

    • RaptorOO7

      Not everyone wants the note functions and these are mid-range devices so there are trade offs and price differences. Besides we won’t see them in the US which is fine by me.

  • Filip Justin

    According to GSM Arena both phones have a dual core Exynos 5250 chipset, clocked at 1.7 and 1.4 GHz.

  • M.B

    More plastic samsung great.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris45389 Christopher Linnett

      what is your problem with plastic?

      • David Brymer

        our problem with plastic is …….this is 2013 and paying big cash i expect it to feel premium as well as be premium.

        • marco ortiz

          so you can put it on an ugly otter case, gotcha, thats your opinion and your taste, millions of people think functionality, performance and other things to be more important.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592707047 Simon Craddock

            Planes are now being made of plastic as it offers more design choices compared to metal. Theres only so much you can do with alloys before the costs make them too costly for mass production.

  • http://twitter.com/marky_yo Marky

    about time Samsung…
    “5.8-inch LCD display with qHD resolution (960 x 540)”

  • Bjajjull

    If both have Exynos 5, they will be better than Note 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.paul.9 Michael Paul

    Finally! Samsung could have just put better cameras in a 7″ 4G LTE Tablet with unlocked dialer and ear speaker and I would have been happy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

    I love these phones. Altough they look a lot like the s4. But I would love to see that 6.3 mega in real life. Must looks huge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

    I want a big phone like this but I want a 13 megapixel camera. So I will see what the Note 3 will offer

    • http://www.facebook.com/danielbelini Daniel Belini

      I agree with you.
      I´m waiting for the Galaxy Note 3 to see if I trade my S3 for one.
      Another line that is catching my attencion is Sony’s Experia.

  • http://www.isharearena.com/ M.Aswad Mehtab

    on paper these specs look great , but in real time even 5 inch is so freaking big that it is just impossible to handle ..now 6.3 inch … way to big …

  • megaman

    I mega want want the 6.3 model with the massive battery, waiting…waiting….

  • Anna

    Hmm! I agree that its good to consolidate your phone and tablet into one more manageable phablet, and I think if your really after big, something like the 3g nexus 7 is a good option and better if u wana go contract free!! but with the Megas– unless theyre alot cheaper I cant see why I’d opt for this over the Note 2 – a widely acclaimed flagship – with a better spec and better looking if you ask me!

  • CpuKnight

    How is this mid-range?? Isnt this processor used in the Nexus 10 and stuff?I mean sure when S4 comes out, it wont be pretty good, but this is probably like mid-high range.

  • Wibbly