By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 12, 2013 09:40 AM EDT
Samsung officially announced its Galaxy Mega line of smartphones, introducing two new handset models: a 6.3-inch and a 5.8-inch Galaxy Mega.
The South Korean tech giant is already famous for introducing and setting the trend for large, massive displays, as it did with its previous products. Now, the company is entering a new dimension.
With this new line of smartphones, the company hopes to "combine the portability of a smartphone with the power, multitasking capabilities and extensive viewing experience of a tablet."
The giant 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega sports an HD display measuring, of course, 6.3 inches, and featuring an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. It packs a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, a 3,200mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running the show. The handset will come in 8GB and 16GB configurations and will have a micro SD card slot for expandable memory of up to 64GB.
The Samsung Mega 5.8, meanwhile, sports a 5.8-inch display with an HD (540 x 960 pixels) resolution. It packs a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and has the same camera as its larger 6.3-inch sibling. The handset will be available only in an 8GB model and has a 2,600mAh battery.
Both smartphones in the new Galaxy Mega series will offer split-screen capability for a range of applications, including messages, email, "S Memo," "My Files," "S Planner" and others. The handsets will also boast the popular "Air View" feature, allowing users to preview information in emails, photos in Gallery, or speed dial contacts without having to open them.
"We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more," explains JK Shin, Samsung Electronics' CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Business. "We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers' varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning GALAXY series."
The new Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphones will be available worldwide starting in May, with Europe and Russia as the first to receive the handsets. Pricing will likely be available closer to launch. According to Samsung, an LTE-enabled variant of the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega will follow.
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