Samsung confirmed over the weekend that the Galaxy Mega, a 6.3-inch smartphone hybrid, will be available to US consumers by the end of August.
The tablet-sized device with smartphone-like features will be priced at $24 per month through the AT&T Next program, or for $149.99 with a new, two-year contract.
The Galaxy Mega runs Android 4.2.2 and offers a long list of features first introduced to users in the Galaxy S3 and S4.
These include Air View, which lets a user hover a finger over an item, such as a calendar item, to display its details, instead of taking the time to launch it entirely and Multi Window, which lets a user engage with two apps at once.
The 6.3-inch screen has a resolution of 1280X720 and under the hood the device is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM. The Galaxy Mega is 167mm long and 88mm wide. That’s almost two centimeters wider than a Galaxy S4.
The Mega features an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9-megapixel camera in the front, and it weighs 7 ounces.
The front of the device is covered by a tough sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass, the back and the sides are made of glossy plastic.
The back cover is removable and so is the battery and there are slots for SIM and SD cards. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is a dual SIM handset. It supports 3G connectivity on both SIM cards. Only one of the SIM can be operated in 3G at a time and also supports Wi-Fi a/b/g/n as well as Bluetooth 4.0.
The Galaxy Mega will endear itself to people who are seeking a combination or a synergy of smartphone as well as tablets. It needs to be seen how successful it will be in carving a niche amongst the consumers.