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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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.
Samsungâ€™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 â€“ Jelly Bean â€“ 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 companyâ€™s new installment plan, CNET reported. Other providers are promising later release dates.
Overall, the phone bears similar, though not identical, features with the Samsung Galaxy Note, which has a slightly smaller screen at 5.3 inches.
Nokia is rumored to be releasing a new phablet with a Microsoft Windows operating system. Leaked pictures reportedly from inside a Nokia factory show a 5 or 6 inch Nokia screen, though the company has not confirmed the phoneâ€™s existence.Â
Samsung has had a great deal of success with its Galaxy S3 and S4 models, and the company is currently the leading smart phone supplier in the world. The company has a Sept. 4 reveal planned to launch the new Galaxy Note, and â€“ if the rumors are â€“ a smart watch.Â