Samsung Will Release The Massive Galaxy Mega Stateside Later This Month


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Do you find a 5-inch smartphone to be too big? Apple certainly thinks so, but Android phone manufacturers continue to push for bigger and bigger smartphones. Sony may have the biggest with the 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra, but Samsung isn't letting Sony have all the phablet fun.

Samsung announced today that it intends to bring the Galaxy Mega to the U.S. market this month. The device brings most of the Galaxy S 4's features to an impossibly large 6.3-inch phablet.

“We continue to bring innovation with our Galaxy family of devices, with the Galaxy Mega representing a manifestation of consumer’s enthusiasm for our thin, large screen designs,” said Nick DiCarlo, vice president of product planning and marketing at Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy Mega combines exceptional features from the Samsung Galaxy smartphone family with a 6.3-inch screen, making it an optimal device for movies, books, music and games.”

Despite having a larger screen, it's not as powerful as the Galaxy S 4. Instead, it comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 8MP rear camera and Android 4.2.2. You will likely not notice any decrease in performance, however, as the device has a 720p display.

If you want a larger Galaxy S 4 with the same performance and specs, you'll likely have to wait until the rumored Galaxy Note III is announced. Current rumors peg it as having a 2GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM and a release date of late September.

If you like the Galaxy Mega, however, you will be able to get one soon via AT&T, Sprint or US Cellular. None of the carriers have announced specific plans regarding the launch of the device, but Sprint confirmed that the Galaxy Mega will support its growing 4G LTE network.