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Samsung makes its phablets a bigger deal

by David Needle

April 11 2013

Samsung's new Galaxy Mega sports a 6.3-inch HD LCD display, 8 megapixel rear view and 1.9 megapixel front view cameras.
Samsung's new Galaxy Mega sports a 6.3-inch HD LCD display, 8 megapixel rear view and 1.9 megapixel front view cameras.

Are phablets too small to be considered “real” tablets? Samsung may not have answered all the critics of its earlier 5.3-inch phablet models, but its newest release takes a bigger is better approach.

The newest Samsung model is the Galaxy Mega, sporting a 6.3-inch HD LCD screen that is the closest yet in size to popular 7-inch tablets like the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and Samsung’s own 7-inch Galaxy Tab. (Initial rollout is set for next month in Europe and Russia with other regions to follow later).

Although not favored by Samsung, "phablet" has become a popular media term to describe this new generation of over-sized smartphones that have big enough screens to perform many of the functions of a tablet, particularly for content consumption.

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

A 5.8-inch display size version of the Galaxy Mega will also be available. Both of these Android devices (version 4.2 "Jellybean") support landscape or widescreen viewing. 

Samsung’s also included several features you won’t find on many, if any, smartphones or tablets:

  • Group Play for easy content sharing for up to 8 devices on the same Wi-Fi network
  • Samsung WatchON designed to let you use the Mega as an IR remote controller for TV viewing. Samsung says the Mega can be used with your home entertainment system for easy access to program recommendations, schedules, and the usual channel flipping and on/off functions
  • Samsung Link software for streaming photos, videos, notes, or music to your television, tablet or computer
  • S Translator lets you speak or text what you need translated into the Galaxy Mega, and it will provide instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, and ChatON
  • ChatON which lets you share what’s on your screen with friends, family and colleagues

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