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Samsung to release jumbo-sized Galaxy Mega

Samsung is set to release a new Galaxy model that is part smart phone, part tablet.

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This photo provided by AT&T shows the Samsung Galaxy Mega. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch iPad Mini. The difference: It makes phone calls.

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Samsung’s latest take on the smart phone-tablet hybrid is set to make its debut in the United States, according to a Monday announcement from the company.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega has a 6.3-inch screen with a HD Super Clean LCD display that is supposed to maximize user experience watching TV, prepping PowerPoints, or composing an e-mail. The phone also has a MultiWindow split screen feature that allows users to simultaneously run several apps on one screen.

Samsung’s new "phablet" also includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that promises zero shutter lag and includes an interface with multiple shooting modes. The device runs the Android 4.2.2 – Jelly Bean – operating system and is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU and 1.5 GB of internal RAM. Contracts will be available through AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular, according to CNET.

AT&T is starting sales of the Samsung Mega this Friday. The phone will sell for $149.99 under a standard two-year agreement, or $24 a month under the company’s new installment plan, CNET reported. Other providers are promising later release dates.

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