Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Phablet Is Huge, Coming to the US

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 19, 2013 Updated: August 20, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Phablet is a huge 6.3 inch “phablet,” which indicates its combination of a phone and a tablet.

The Galaxy Mega is basically a larger version of the Galaxy S4, according to ZDNet

“The features on the Mega and S4 roughly match. The Galaxy Mega also has an 8-megapixel camera, runs Android 4.2.2 and has enterprise features under SAFE (Samsung for Enterprise).”

The phone is so big it won’t fit in many pockets. It’s almost as big as a 7-inch tablet.

Samsung says the Mega is a hybrid that combines the portability of a smartphone with the immersive experience that a tablet offers for movies, books, music and games. Phones of this size are typically referred to as phablets.

Samsung Electronics Co. is known for big phones. Its flagship Galaxy S4 is 5 inches, while the Galaxy Note 2 is 5.5 inches. Apple’s iPhone 5 is 4 inches.

Among the phone’s features are an updated Multi Window split screen multitasking, which lets users run multiple apps on one screen at the same time; an Air View, which lets the user use the Mega without actually touching the screen; and the Easy Mode, which lets first-time smartphone users get accustomed to the type of phone by simplifying the home screen layout and other basic apps like the internet browser, according to Venture Beat

AT&T Inc. says it will start selling the Mega on Friday for $150 with a two-year service contract. The Mega is also coming to Sprint and U.S. Cellular. Dates and prices weren’t announced for those carriers. The Mega made its debut in Europe and Russia in May, but hasn’t been available in the U.S. until now.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.