The Samsung Galaxy Observe is remembered as a big cellphone – and it was fairly massive certainly, as had been its successors. However then in 2013 one other pocket-busting titan appeared that dwarfed the Notes in addition to every other smartphone of the time.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.Three is aptly named, it had Galaxy S4 seems to be expanded to embody an enormous 6.3” show. And remember the fact that this was again within the day when 16:9 was the usual facet ratio – as you understand the display screen diagonal tells solely half of the story.
This chonker was 88 millimeters vast (3.5 in). Its different dimensions had been saner, 167.6 mm tall (6.6 in) and a weight of 199 g (7.01 oz). Nonetheless, it was fairly tough to carry, let alongside function with one hand.
For comparability, the Galaxy Observe II that got here out just a few months earlier had a 5.5” display screen whereas the Observe Three that was due in just a few months had a 5.7” display screen. Right here’s a comparability:
Galaxy S4 (left), Galaxy Mega 6.3 (heart) Galaxy Observe II (proper)
Enjoyable truth: the Mega 6.Three show was bigger than the Galaxy S4, show, bezels and all.
Regardless of its imposing stature, the Mega 6.Three was truly a mid-ranger. It was powered by a Broadcom chipset with a dual-core CPU that delivered lower than half the efficiency of the Galaxy Observe II.
Efficiency wasn’t the objective right here. As a substitute, the Mega was aimed toward those that needed a single gadget as an alternative of carrying each a cellphone and a pill. Again then such gadgets had been known as “phablets”.
Let’s deal with the display screen for a second as that was the important thing promoting level. It was a 6.3” SC-LCD with 720p decision. That implies that the pixel density was on the low aspect, 233 ppi. Nonetheless, bigger screens are sometimes seen from an extended distance, plus this was a mid-ranger so we are able to’t evaluate the display screen sharpness towards flagships.
The Galaxy Mega 6.Three seemed like an outsized S4
Textual content was a bit fuzzy, apart from that the Mega 6.Three show served its function nicely. It rendered a picture with good colours and fairly excessive distinction ratio. So long as you stayed within the shade at the least, because the show managed solely common brightness.
The cellphone was powered by a 3,200 mAh battery, not precisely “mega”, however the identical capability because the Notes. It was sufficient to browse the net or binge a TV present for Eight hours straight.
And this was the place the Galaxy Mega 6.Three shined – it was an Web and media consumption powerhouse. And it might multi-task, regardless of the restricted unimpressive chipset paired with just one.5 GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Mega 6.Three might simply match two apps on its display screen concurrently
This was pretty early days for Android too, the cellphone launched with 4.2 Jelly Bean, nonetheless Samsung’s TouchWiz was forward of the curve and allowed for break up display screen multitasking. To place issues in perspective, half of the 6.3” display screen was about 80% of the floor space of the entire Galaxy S4 display screen.
The cellphone additionally supported Air View – it will detect your finger hovering over the show, which previews in choose apps and helped discover what you want. Additionally, you may use the house display screen in panorama orientation, a tablet-like function that was hardly ever supported on telephones again then.
Apart from the 6.3” mannequin, Samsung additionally launched the Galaxy Mega 5.8 – its 5.8” show had a good decrease 540 x 960 px decision. The show was nonetheless greater than that of the Galaxy Observe 3, if you happen to solely cared about sheer dimension, nonetheless.
Actually, the one “cellphone” that stood above the Mega again in 2013 was the Sony Xperia Z Extremely, which was a premium gadget with a 6.4” 1080p show and a Snapdragon 800 chipset. It was water and dirt resistant and its aluminum and glass physique measured simply 6.5 mm thick. We’ll come again to the Z Extremely some day.
Sadly, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.Three wasn’t low cost – again once we reviewed it, it price greater than the marginally older (and rather more premium) Galaxy Observe II. Not sufficient to purchase a Observe II and a pill, however costly mid-rangers are robust to promote, even when they’re greater than the rest within the phase.
Finally, this was a failed experiment – Samsung did launch a Galaxy Mega 2, which was a sequel in identify solely because it had a 6.0” display screen. The Mega lined died rapidly, the “phablet” style didn’t final for much longer both – all telephones grew to become massive, so there was no want for a separate line-up. Nonetheless, the Mega and different fashions are a testomony that Samsung isn’t afraid to experiment, even when that results in some one-offs.