The first Samsung Galaxy Note is remembered as a giant phone – and it’s actually quite large, as are the successor to the Note. But then in 2013, another “pocket giant” appeared to make other smartphones, and even the Galaxy Note, small.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is named in such a way for users to see clearly this is a huge product, it looks like the Galaxy S4, expanded to accommodate a large 6.3 ”screen. And keep in mind that this is a time when 16: 9 is the standard aspect ratio, and thin bezel technology has yet to evolve, so the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is really huge.
The smartphone is 88mm wide. Its other dimensions are more “normal”, measuring 167.6 mm in height and weighing 199g, however, it is quite difficult to grip, let alone use with one hand.
For comparison’s sake, the Galaxy Note II launched a few months ago has a 5.5-inch display while the Note 3 launched a few months later has a 5.7-inch display. Here is a comparison image:
Galaxy S4 (left), Galaxy Mega 6.3 (center) Galaxy Note II (right)
Interestingly, the Mega 6.3’s screen alone is larger than the entire S4, including the bezels.
Despite its “majestic stature”, Mega 6.3 really only carries the power of the mid-range. It is powered by a Broadcom chipset with a dual-core CPU that delivers less than half the performance of the Galaxy Note II.
But performance isn’t the goal here. Instead, Mega is aimed at people who want a single device instead of carrying both phones and tablets. Such devices were then called “phablets”.
The screen of the device uses a 6.3-inch SC-LCD panel with 720p resolution. That means the pixel density is low, 233 ppi. However, the larger screens are usually viewed from longer distances, plus this is a mid-range device so we cannot compare the sharpness of the screen with flagships.
Text displayed a bit fuzzy, in addition, the screen Mega 6.3 serves its purpose well. It produces an image with good colors and a fairly high contrast ratio. As long as you’re in the shade as the screen is only on average brightness.
The 3,200 mAh battery is not really “mega”, but has the same capacity as the Note, enough to browse the web or watch a TV program for 8 hours continuously.
And this is where the Galaxy Mega 6.3 shines – browsing the Internet and media. And it can multitask, although the unimpressive processor combined with just 1.5 GB of RAM.
These are also quite new days for Android, the phone debuted with 4.2 Jelly Bean, but Samsung’s TouchWiz was ahead of the trend and allowed split screen multitasking. By comparison, half of the 6.3 ”screen occupies about 80% of the screen surface area of the Galaxy S4 screen.
It also supports Air View – it detects your finger moves across the screen, helping to preview in selected apps. Alternatively, you could use the home screen in landscape orientation, a tablet-like feature rarely supported on phones back then.
Besides the 6.3 ”version, Samsung also released the Galaxy Mega 5.8 – its 5.8” screen even has a lower resolution of just 540 x 960 px. However, the display is still larger than that of the Galaxy Note 3, if you only care about the size.
Speaking of screen size, really, the only phone standing on the Mega in 2013 was the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, a high-end device with a 6.4-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 800 chip. dust, the aluminum and glass body is only 6.5 mm thick.
Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 isn’t cheap – at launch, it cost a bit more than the Galaxy Note II (slightly older but much more premium). Just relying on the size is not enough for the user to feel attractive.
In the end, this was a failed test – Samsung released the Galaxy Mega 2, but with a smaller screen, just 6.0 ”.
The Mega series died out so quickly, the “phablet” genre didn’t last much longer – all phones had big screens, so there was no need for a separate line. However, Mega is proof that Samsung is not afraid to experiment, even if that results in a model that is only short-lived.