Specs for Samsung's upcoming goliath smart phones, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3, have been dished out by SamMobile, unofficially revealing lower-quality screens than expected and unimpressive innards to boot.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8's 5.8-inch display will have an embarassingly low resolution of 960x540 pixels, clocking in at just 190 pixels per inch -- only a marginal increase on the original 2007 iPhone.
With this blocky screen on board and only a dual-core chip, the only foreseeable advantage of the Mega will be a low price. Other specs revealed include an 8-megapixel back shooter and a 2-megapixel camera up front, and two SIM-card slots. It will apparently ship with Android 4.1.2 or under Samsung's latest TouchWiz interface. That uncertainty may be due to regional differences, or simply a bit of bet-hedging.
Also upcoming is the Galaxy Mega 6.3 -- an even larger handset with an even larger 6.3-inch 'HD' display, although there's no mention of a specific resolution. The Mega 6.3 will pack the same cameras and innards, other than a small jump in processing power to 1.7GHz to run the larger display.
No word yet on whether the Megas are an embarrassingly late April Fools' joke, but releasing swimming pool-sized phones with poor specs. There's no word on whether they will come to the UK.
In spite of Flurry Analytics suggested just last week phablets consume just 2 per cent of mobile data, whereas smart phones under 5 inches account for over two thirds of Internet use on the go.and others, giant half-phone, half-tablet 'phablets' seemingly remain a . Despite a big and beautiful screen (though not in the case of the Mega) being suited to Web browsing and video consumption, the data shows they haven't taken off.
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Additional reporting by Ben Buffone.