Samsung’s popularity and market share in the smartphone market cannot be disputed by anyone. The company has surged to huge success due to a few reasons. The first being its big marketing push and the second its ability to launch devices at all sizes, specifications and price points.
A couple of years back, people wondered how long it would take before the company fills the 3 to 11 inch space. That did not take long and now the company seems to be going after the decimal spaces. (Well as far as we know there is no 9 inch-device from Samsung)
Samsung today announced the Mega series of phablets. This follows in the footsteps of the flagship Galaxy S series, which saw the launch of the Galaxy S4 late last month, The Note series and the Grand series.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3 are the first two phones in the Mega series with displays corresponding to the numbers in their names. These are even bigger than the Note II so we wonder about the portability of the devices, but Samsung says Indians want bigger screen phones as they have seen great success with the Note series.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is priced at Rs 25,100 while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is priced at Rs 31,490.
When it comes to specifications and looks, both the devices are based on a similar design and have a similar set of features as well.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a 5.8-inch qHD display while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 comes with a 6.3-inch 720p display. Both the devices run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is good news.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is powered by a powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and there is 1.7GHz dual core processor in the Galaxy Mega 6.3.
Both the phablets have 1.5GB RAM, and 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD. They both have a 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera and connectivity support through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS and more. The Mega 6.3 is the only one that comes with NFC.
The 5.8 version is dual SIM.
In terms of size, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 is thicker at 9mm and weighs 182 grams when compared to the Galaxy Mega 6.3 which is 8mm thick and weighs 199 grams.
Both the devices have good batteries which should get through a day. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a 2,600mAh battery, while the 6.3 a 3,200mAh battery.
When it comes to software the phablets, have borrowed a view nifty features from the Note and Galaxy S4 like Air View, S Translator, Group Play and Story Album
In terms of operator partnerships, Samsung India has tied up with RCom and Vodafone to offer unique data plans for its customers. RCom customers get free 2GB of data per month for a period of 3 months as well as unlimited access to BigFlix, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. Vodafone users get free 2GB of data per month for a period of 2 months.
While the pricing and specifications of the device look good, the resolution on these phablets is one compromise one would have make. If the ‘bigger is better’ mantra is not something you believe in getting the Samsung Galaxy III or even the Note II, at a bit more will offer a overall better experience.
We also wonder if Samsung should slow down on the number of launches and improve support for existing devices and also improve the time it takes to give out Android updates. Also with a limited portfolio of products after sales service is bound to increase something which is much desired by Samsung customers.