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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

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Interface and functionality:

The newest TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0, as found on the Galaxy S4, is what's painted over Android 4.2.2 here, with most of the hand-gestures and head-tracking bells and whistles. Samsung has thankfully provided a dedicated portrait mode for the interface, which helps when you turn the phone sideways, and are holding it with two hands.

The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
The TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview

Speaking of two-handed operation, the screen size actually makes it a breeze to type on the default portrait keyboard, as its letters are huge, and the large display gives other advantages, too. You have the ability to fit six dock icons now, the gallery's split view feature is not cramped, and the multi-window mode for running two apps at once is actually useable. 

The onscreen keypad and the split view feature - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
The onscreen keypad and the split view feature - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
The onscreen keypad and the split view feature - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
The onscreen keypad and the split view feature - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview

One would argue that Samsung didn't include a stylus with the Mega 6.3, as you can easily doodle with your finger on the large screen canvass, but it's more likely because the Note franchise shouldn't be undermined, and the price of the Mega line had to be kept in check.


Processor and memory:

A 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 is running the show, which we actually see for the first time, and paired with the unorthodox 1.5 GB of RAM to boot. We'll refrain from benchmarking a non-final unit, since software and driver glitches abound during the engineering prototype phase. The Mega 6.3 comes with the not-mega 8 GB of internal storage, but you have a microSD card slot for expansion, situated right on top of the micro SIM compartment, next to the generous 3200 mAh replaceable battery.


Browser and connectivity:

The proven TouchWiz browser is what Samsung supplies with the handset, which has one of the fastest rendering engines around plus native Adobe Flash support. Needless to say, browsing on the 6.3” display is a joy - due to its sheer size, it's akin to browsing on one of the smaller tablets, no kidding.

Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview
Browsing the web on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 - Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Preview

Samsung has put a 21.1 Mbit/s HSPA+ 4G radio, and its usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 - A-GPS, NFC and FM Radio set. Well, not the “usual” Wi-Fi, as the Mega 6.3 supports the fast “5G” one, as long as you have an a/b/g/n/ac router lying around. An MHL connector at the bottom rounds up the connectivity offerings.

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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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