Samsung releases biggest phablet yet with the 6.3 inch Mega

Mega generally means “very big,” and that mysterious “they” that we all refer to generally won’t call something “mega” for nothing. With Samsung’s latest smartphone, that is certainly true, with a 6.3 inch smartphone on the way to stores.

The next device in Samsung’s Galaxy line-up of devices is called just that – the “Mega” – and brings with it a 6.3 inch high-definition LCD to something that is still called a smartphone, supporting 4G LTE connectivity and Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean.”

That 6.3 inch size makes it the biggest smartphone released in Australia, marginally bigger than the 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate we checked out, and very close to the 7 inch tablets released by the likes of Asus, Google, Acer, and yes, even Samsung.

“With the success of the Galaxy Note range, there is growing demand in Australia for devices that offer the portability and connectivity of a smartphone with the features and productivity of a tablet,” said Tyler McGee, Vice President of Telecommunications at Samsung Electronics Australia.

“The Galaxy Mega is the perfect choice for any consumer seeking a device that is the perfect blend of Samsung’s innovative smartphone and tablet technologies.”

This model will be heading to stores shortly, packing in support for the high-speed 4G connectivity customers crave, while also featuring a larger version of the design seen on the Galaxy S4. Apps seen on that platform are also provided, including WatchOn which turns the phone into a remote control for your TV, Navigon’s turn-by-turn GPS, S Translator, and more.

Multimedia will be catered for with a front-facing 1.9 megapixel camera, rear 8 megapixel camera, while connectivity also supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Near-Field Communication, and microUSB.

Inside the handset, there’s a dual-core processor, down from the quad-core used in the 5.5 inch Galaxy Note 2, with 8GB storage and a 4GB microSD card.

And there’s the battery, which at 3200mAh is massive and should prove interesting, with the expectation of around two days life.

Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3 will hit JB HiFi exclusively for $599, with Samsung’s Experience stores in Sydney and Melbourne also receiving the handset.