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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Introduction:

We've been waiting with baited breath for this year's gargantuan phone ideas from Samsung, and the Galaxy Mega 6.3 didn't disappoint with screen diagonal. Measuring 6.3 across, as the name suggests, it is not meant to be a flagship product, given the mid-range for 2013 specs, but rather fit an existing or imaginable marketing niche of users. These would be people who use their handsets mostly for media, browsing and games, rather than actual talking, and want their display as big as possible this side of a tablet screen.

Will the Galaxy Mega 6.3 succeed in addressing this alleged target market? We've got a prototype unit in the office to answer this question, so read on to find out...


Design:

The first impression about the phone is “darn, it's big”. The second impression is that it is in fact very thin, with a slim bezel, classy faux-metal rim around the sides and a very nice looking pattern, which spans both on the back and at the front, transitioning into the camera lens cover, too. Despite the cool looks, it is almost impossible to operate the Mega 6.3 with one hand – you'd be lucky if you don't drop it trying to pull down the notification bar, let alone while fumbling for the back key way down right.

Front - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Front camera - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Android keys - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview

Front

Front camera

Android keys


Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
6.6 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches
167.6 x 88 x 8 mm
7.02 oz (199 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung GALAXY Note II
5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches
151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
6.44 oz (182 g)

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Samsung Galaxy Grand
5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches
143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm
5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand

LG Optimus G Pro
5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches
150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm
5.64 oz (160 g)

LG Optimus G Pro


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


To cut a long story short and deal with the question on everyone's mind – yes, you can hold the phone with an average or larger palm, but not operate the handset with one hand. You'd have to shrink the keyboard and dialer left or right, which is a feature Samsung provides on its big-screen phones, or else it would literally be a stretch to write a quick text message reply, or dial a number by keying it in. Two hands are your best bet, and that's the price to pay for a giant display.

You can hold the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with an average or larger palm, but not operate it with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
You can hold the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with an average or larger palm, but not operate it with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
You can hold the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with an average or larger palm, but not operate it with one hand - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview

You can hold the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with an average or larger palm, but not operate it with one hand


As for carrying it around, you'd better have baggy pants with deep pockets and stretch fabric, or sport a purse – it is not by accident that Samsung is heavily marketing the Note family to women, for example.

Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview

Power key (right)

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Back - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Battery compartment - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview

microUSB port (bottom)

Back

Battery compartment

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3



Display:

The 6.3” LCD panel sports 720x1280 pixels HD resolution, with a pretty decent 233ppi pixel density. This is not a sassy Full HD panel, yet it is a far cry from the 480x800 pixels abomination on the 5” Galaxy Grand, for instance.

Color representation seems vivid, though not OLED-style saturated and the display has very good viewing angles, but could use more brightness and less reflectivity outside under direct sunlight.


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posted on 22 May 2013, 07:19 7

1. Diego! (Posts: 667; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


OMG!!! It's huge! hahaha I wonder how will it fit in my jeans... Why Samsung ditched the 1080p screen por this phone? That would have been awesome!

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:23 10

5. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 850; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Not intended to be a flagship

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:30 6

9. Diego! (Posts: 667; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Yeah but still! It would have been a killer device with the same specs as the S4 :D But I know they are saving that for Note III

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:37 3

31. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


The 1080p or better is being reserved for the Galaxy Note Trois.
Still, I wouldn't mind putting this beast in my basket!

posted on 22 May 2013, 09:12 3

43. shahulvm (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


They are testing the market with this screen size so that they can size note 3 screen accordingly....

OR

Sammy wants to capture the sales in every screen size possible

posted on 22 May 2013, 11:39

56. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


There was a report of a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mega appearing in the spec sheet for some of Samsung's new software packages...

posted on 22 May 2013, 13:26 2

62. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


i'm using Note 8.0 as phone.

posted on 22 May 2013, 14:40 2

63. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3114; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Exactly. Why would they throw in all of their high end, best specs on a device that isn't a Galaxy S or Note flagship device?

I mean, if this did have a 1080p display and the 13mp camera, why would you need to wait for the Note 3? lol

PS I never thought id see a device that made my Note 2 look small haha

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:20 4

2. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 850; Member since: 11 May 2013)


720p huh pretty decent.. i wanna see this personally lol

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:22 9

3. Droid13 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Beauty!

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:32 9

10. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


... SAID NO ONE EVER

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:22 8

4. Kurai (unregistered)


Samsung is again trying another screen size . . . i hope they fail . . . i hate seeing people using these kind of devices in public(it looks awkward when answering a phone call) . . . trust me don't buy gadgets like this if you're using it daily . . it looks very very awkward . . .

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:25 8

6. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 850; Member since: 11 May 2013)


*i hope they fail*
Hmmm

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:46 1

13. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 850; Member since: 11 May 2013)


BTW "gadgets like this" or you actually mean all samsung gadgets? Because samsung is "lamesung" for you. Have a nice day

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:52 2

14. Kurai (unregistered)


i said "gadgets like this" . . .that includes all big ass screens sizes. . . and btw . . i'm not a samsung hater i own a s3 . . . but i'm not planning on buying s4 . . . i'll wait for the s5 . .IF they change the design language

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:14 1

20. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


Let's say people are using pillows to call each other nowerdays. Pillows with a big S behind it. Why is Samsung putting so little effort to make its devices the best in the market like Xperia is doing with their Xperia Z? Samsung just floods the market with about 100 products per month, while spending very little effort in making each product unique and stand out in the public. Many of the products have software and hardware problems but Samsung just ignores them. Xperia is constantly upgrading its firmware, making sure that their phones don't run into any software issues. Screw you, Samsung!

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:18 2

23. Kurai (unregistered)


i hope they fail on the sales of this mega phone so they'll just stop . . it really looks awkward . . . really really awkward . . . and the next note is 5.9in? omg . . .

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:33 8

28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You hope that Samsung fail just because that you don't like to see people using these kind of devices in public places? It sounds very silly and selfish...

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:33 5

29. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 850; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Duhhh? Both Sony and Samsung are continuously addressing the issues of their devices.. Samsung recently updated gs4 and looking for software optimization tricks to manage internal memory.. Problems or issues will not leave this specific industry.
talk.sonymobile.com/community/support/xperia_z_zl

"Why is Samsung putting so little effort to make its devices the best in the market like Xperia is doing with their Xperia Z"
Kindly explain because galaxy s4 won Consumer Reports best smartphone titl. And galaxy note8.0 as the best tablet, and in many reviews-galaxy s4 and htc one stood out..
Samsung spent on marketing more than others. But dont forget Samsung spent on r&d more than others too.. Samsung is not one of the manufacturers that is only concerned with hardware, We are lucky to have them and LG for bringing software developments MORE than OTHERs.

Sony must be sad for having a stupid fan like you

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:42 2

33. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 850; Member since: 11 May 2013)


The only things i find annoying with Samsung are the use of their flagship design language to their mid and low end smartphone and not making 32GB as the norm storage for their flagships. Leaving these behind, they are making complete package smartphone especially their flagships.

posted on 22 May 2013, 08:45 5

37. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


The next time you see someone (in public) using one of these big-ass screen phones just, look the other way. No one is forcing you to look at anyone!! Besides, mind your beeswax and stop gettin' into people's shi'aaat. For example, when I see anyone using a small micro iPhone (or the like), I don't say anything - I just continue along my merry way. I don't even fall to my knees in incredible disbelief and laughter; I just accept that it's their choice and their $700 down the drain. In short, don't be mad cuz' you can't afford one and all you have is perhaps a Craigslist recycled OG DROID!

posted on 22 May 2013, 09:04

40. Kurai (unregistered)


fyi i can afford my own gadgets with my own money . . i hope you'll be happy with you 6.3in phablet :) . . . if you'll buy that is

posted on 22 May 2013, 09:13 1

44. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I know you can (afford your gadgets), considering that OG DROID cost not more than 50 bucks on CL.... or, is it a G1..... lol......

Jealous much ??!!!!??

posted on 22 May 2013, 09:54

46. Kurai (unregistered)


i didn't even know that og droid is below 50 bucks . . . i think you're the want who owns them . . . you know them very well . . .

posted on 22 May 2013, 10:57 1

50. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Can't say that I have the same wittle DROID's complex but, if it makes you happy.

Sent from my blazingly fast and HUMONGOUS Galaxy Note 2.......

posted on 22 May 2013, 11:15 1

51. tedkord (Posts: 13140; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It doesn't look any more ridiculous than using a 10 inch iPad as a camera, and I've seen that often.

posted on 24 May 2013, 17:35

68. Doakie (Posts: 2170; Member since: 06 May 2009)


If you don't like it don't buy it. Stop trying to affect what other people buy. On top of that you must be pretty self centered to think your idea of what looks awkward should play into any adults mind.... The magic of becoming a grown up is to not care what children think, its great, and quite liberating. Except for the fact that you have to often remind children to stay in their bounds.

posted on 26 May 2013, 00:22

69. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


Really? Samsung fans brag about the best features but in fact they are useless. They scold other devices for not having those 'useless' stuff which eats a huge portion of internal memory. Have you heard of 'Samsung devices fry SD cards'? Samsung devices all have no insulating materials near their card slots so they are subjected to constant heating of the CPU. Two of my friends had their SD cards fried, and both of them were S3. Samsung fans always point out other phone's tiny problems, like Xperia's bad viewing angles. WHO IN THE WORLD WOULD LOOK AT THE SCREEN AT AN ANGLE? That's one thing Sony realized and instead of putting huge effort in perfecting the viewing angles they turned their attention to actually making the device perfect. You guys always say 'Old TFT screen' but forgot about that S4's Super AMOLED screen has serious problem in the display. I'm not going into details as Phonearena had already covered that story. Would you rather want a previous-generation, safer screen than a falty and unsafe screen? Android Authority did a drop test of the iPhone 5 and the S4 at the exact same conditions and the S4's glass shattered, while the iPhone 5 survived with only a few scratches. Even the screen is cheap. Samsung is made of cheap and fake stuff! S voice is a total inconvenience for Samsung users. You can't delete it, yet it occupies storage space and is too easy to trigger. Press the home button slightly longer and it pops up, very inconvenient. Who wants physical buttons nowerdays? Samsung is still doing the dull traditional home button, instead of a new one that uses touch. The options and back button is super easy to trigger. The back button activates even if your palm starts to dig into the button slightly. Samsung just focuses in developing new useless features but ignores the basic needs of customers. GS4 DOESN"T EVEN HAVE A RADIO! Many elder people still buys smartphones, but many of them like to listen to the radio the traditional way. Buying the GS4 is a waste of their money. Samsung doesn't care about users. The Galaxy Ace 2 just received its first or second software updates while Xperia users constantly receive minor firmware updates to keep up with the market. 'Samsung spent a lot of time in marketing' Of course. Samsung spends a lot of time developing sly ways to cheat their customers. Phones go crazy after a few months of use. My friends can prove that. S2 plus, S3 mini, S3. They all moan about the overheating problem and hardware defects. Sony? 'Using the Xperia P for over a year. Great phone.' Xperia P is even cheaper than the S2 plus. Samsung = high price but low quality.
Apart from Samsung, the HTC one experiences the same heat problem after gaming. My Xperia Z consumes 15% every 45 minutes of very heavy 3D gaming but just goes up to about 37.5 degrees, 40 degrees in a hot summer day, while both phones experienced over 56 painful degrees after gaming.
Samsung should be ashamed.

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:27 3

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 23401; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Way too big. Note 3 size without note 3 innards, wait for note 3

posted on 22 May 2013, 07:27 3

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 2108; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


What a big ass phone! But somehow I'm really interested in this phablet simply because it's more portable than a 7inch and above tablet

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Display6.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (233 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
1.5 GB RAM
Size6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches
(167.6 x 88 x 8 mm)
7.02 oz  (199 g)
Battery3200 mAh, 18 hours talk time

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