Samsung Galaxy Mega hits the United States

Outfitted with a 6.3-inch screen, the smartphone will be carried by AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. AT&T will get things rolling with the Mega this Friday.

Samsung's Galaxy Mega.
Samsung's Galaxy Mega. Aloysius Low/CNET

Samsung's supersized Galaxy Mega smartphone will finally roll out to U.S. consumers starting this month.

The 6.3-inch phone will be offered in the U.S. by AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular, Samsung revealed Monday. The actual launch dates will vary among the three.

AT&T will get started with the Mega on Friday, August 23. The phone will sell for $149.99 under the standard two-year agreement or $24 a month under the AT&T Next installment plan.

Sprint doesn't seem to be in such a rush. The carrier said that it will offer the phone later this year under its unlimited 4G LTE data plans.

A spokesperson for U.S. Cellular, meanwhile, told CNET that the carrier would offer the Mega to customers in the coming weeks but didn't reveal a specific launch date.

The Galaxy Mega's huge screen offers an HD Super Clear display with a resolution of 1,280x720 pixels. Equipped with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the phone has a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. Users can expand the capacity to 64GB with an external microSD card. An 8-megapixel camera graces the rear.

Mega buyers can choose either nova black or polaris white as the color.

The U.S. is playing catchup with the Mega as the phone has already been available in Europe, Russia, and Samsung's home base of South Korea .

Updated 8:15 a.m. PT Added response from U.S. Cellular.

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