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Samsung Galaxy Mega comes to the US, for when no amount of phone is too much phone

Evan Dashevsky | Aug. 20, 2013
The 6.3 inch Galaxy Mega to make its US debut as Samsung gets ready to unveil the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

As we approach back-to-school, you may be wondering what to get the Sasquatch in your life. Samsung may have the answer with its half-foot-plus display'd Galaxy Mega, which is coming to the US this week.

The 6.3-inch Mega was first announced back in April, but will finally be available in the United States on AT&T on August 23 for $150 with a two-year contract. Samsung also plans to make the ginormous phablet available on Sprint and US Cellular, though no pricing or launch dates have been announced.

While the Mega's signature selling point may be its huge display, it has some less-than-mega specs. The LCD screen can only boast a 1280 by 720 resolution, which matches (pixel-wise) the density of the Galaxy Note II's 5.5-inch screen, but is dwarfed by the S4's 5-inch 1080 by 1920 AMOLED display. The Mega comes with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, which is not nearly as beefy as either the S4 or Note II's quad-core chips.

Aside from the screen, fans of this face-sized phone can expect 1.5GB RAM, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. These are by no mean bleeding-edge specs, but if you want a really big screen to watch videos and play Android games, the Mega will be enough.

Samsung's see-what-sticks approach

When it comes to mobile devices, Samsung has successfully implemented the throw-everything-at-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks marketing strategy to great effect. The company's premiere Galaxy line alone gives users the choice of the Galaxy S4Galaxy S4 ActiveGalaxy S4 MiniGalaxy Note II, and Galaxy S4 Zoom.

While this market-flooding may seem foolish, Samsung's strategy has led to sky-rocketing phone sales around the world to the point that their roster has become the chief smartphone competitor to the once-ubiquitous iPhone.

Samsung shows no plans of putting its breaks on its release schedule. Just as Samsung brings the Mega to the US, the company is getting ready to unveil the Galaxy Note III in early September, which itself may be eclipsed by the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch expected to make its debut same day.

I can't judge. They apparently know what they're doing.



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