Samsung gives its tablet-phone a “mega” upsize

You might remember that Samsung accidentally leaked a bigger phone was coming at the launch of the Galaxy S4, with a 6.3 inch device in the works. Well, the company has now pulled the covers off, with a big screened smartphone for people that like everything to be bigger.

Coming to Europe later this year, the Samsung Galaxy Mega takes everything we know about the Galaxy S3 and makes it bigger. Much bigger.

Two models have been developed, with the numbers on the end matching the screen size. There’s the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – with a 5.8 inch screen – and the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – with a 6.3 inch screen.

Samsung's Galaxy Mega 5.8

“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more,” said Samsung’s JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT and Mobile Business.

“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.”

Before the announcement of the two “Mega” handsets, the biggest device in Samsung’s Galaxy line-up was the Galaxy Note 2, which is available in Australia and comes equipped with a 5.5 inch screen and a stylus.

These two new devices don’t fall under the “Note” branding, however, and lack the pen and extra functionality the stylus brings.

Instead, they include bigger screens, though both don’t have increased display resolutions, running 1280×720 HD, just like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. Both will also include the very latest version of Android, 4.2 “Jelly Bean,” as well as an 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front camera, dual-core processors, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 1.5GB RAM, but only the 6.3 inch model will include 4G LTE connectivity and Near-Field Communication technology.

Think of them as big versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3, because from our point of view, that’s the easiest way to relate them.

Spot the difference: Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a big screened smartphone. In fact, at CES earlier this year, we went hands on with Huawei’s massive 6.1 inch smartphone. It was too big for the hands of this writer, but still interesting nonetheless.

No pricing or availability has been announced for Australia for either of them, but we have asked, so will update this page as and when Samsung tells us.