The only way is up for the Samsung Galaxy line, as leaked specs for the new Samsung Galaxy Mega handsets suggest the company are looking to further blur the line between smartphone and tablet. Two models, 5.8 inch and 6.3 inch versions, have had rough spec sheets posted online.
SamMobile have got their hands on the details of the Galaxy Mega 5.8, giving a pretty clear indication of the hardware its packing. Codenamed the GT-I9152, it’s said to be a dual SIM smartphone running either Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean, with a 5.8-inch 960×540 display.
A 2MP camera sits on the front of the 5.8 Mega, with an 8MP snapper on the back. 1.5GB of memory seems a bit of a suspect feature (RAM usually comes in multiples of 2, not half figures), while a 2,600mAh battery and 1.4GHz processor also feature.
Its chassis is said to be 164mm x 83.8mm x 9.7mm, making it bigger than even the stonking Galaxy Note 2, pictured above.
That’s before we’ve even looked at the specs uncovered by Korean website Daum for the Galaxy Mega 6.3 model, which packs in a gigantic 6.3 inch screen, a dual-core Exynos processor, 2MP and 8MP front and rear cameras and the option of black or white chassis shades.
At 6.3 inches, can you even classify it as a mobile phone anymore? It’s hardly “mobile” at all; you’re going to need a backpack, not a pocket to carry it in. Of course, all these specs are as-yet unconfirmed by Samsung, so there’s the possibility that they’re off the mark slightly.
But it’s not the first time we’ve heard word of Samsung pushing screen sizes this high. Remember the ridiculously named “Galaxy Fonblet” (which may in fact be the 5.8 Mega)? Whether you like it or not, the big screen trend isn’t going anywhere.
By Gerald Lynch | April 9th, 2013