Are the smartphones and tablets finally converging? That seems to be the case if you look at two releases from the market leader Samsung. Samsung has recently unveiled two new smartphones in its Galaxy series of smartphones and tablets called as Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8. Its Galaxy Tab phablets are a big hit in the market and the current Galaxy Note 2 sports a big 5.5 inch screen. With tablets having smaller 7 inch screens now gaining traction among the consumers, Samsung thought of offering something in the middle which can literally function both as a smartphone and a tablet.
Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a brilliant 6.3 inch HD screen (720p) and runs on a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. The phone comes in both 8GB and 16GB memory options and a 1.5 GB of RAM. Galaxy 5.8 will have a qHD display (960*540) and runs on a 1.4 GHz chip. The smaller phone will only have an 8B of internal memory but the same 1.5 GB of RAM. Memory of both the phones can be expanded by another 64 GB through a microSD card. Both the Mega phones have an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera for video chatting. Samsung has included all the latest connectivity options with both the phones. But the Galaxy Mega 5.8 doesn’t have LTE and its users have to contend with HSPA for downloading data. Both the devices will come with Android 4.2 preloaded out of the box.
Price and Availability
The launch dates for the new Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 are not announced yet. But it is widely believed that Samsung might release the devices anytime after the the release of its latest Galaxy S4 smartphone. It is also expected that the devices will also priced reasonably to keep them affordable.
Should I Buy One?
With many of the high end smartphones now coming with 2.0 GHz quad-core processors and Full HD (1080p) displays, the new Mega phones are not going to be the new flagship devices from the Korean manufacturer. Samsung just wants to test the viability of smartphones with screen sizes similar to the ones seen on entry level tablets. Better ‘Mega phones’ may follow later if the first Mega twins are successful in the market. If you are kind of person who hate the concept of carrying another gadget called ‘tablet’ along with a smartphone in your pocket and a laptop in your backpack, you can give the new Mega phones a try. Otherwise, just wait and watch till the final verdict is out in the market.