As the smartphone war rages between Samsung and Apple, the Korean manufacturer recently announced that its European line of cellphone would boast a new addition for its May launch: a 6.3 inches display model! It seems that it will feature a 720p screen resolution and a dual-core processor of 1.7GHz, coming with a RAM of 1.5 gigabytes. We’ll be talking about a storage of 8 to 16 GB. This would make the Galaxy Mega this biggest smartphone to exist on the market as of today, even beating Huawei’s Ascend Mate smartphone.
Skeptical comments so far
Readers who found the news on Mashable’s tech blog had mixed comments on the report. A lot of people seem not to understand why the main phone producers are fighting each other to build bigger and bigger screens. Why would you actually get a smartphone that doesn’t even fit in a pocket? Some users of the Galaxy Note (5.3 inches display) have reported that they could barely bend over with the product in their pants, which is indeed somewhat frustrating. The lack of stylus in the manufacturer’s offer (even though it could change before the real launch) also didn’t make sense from potential buyers, who feel like such a big device will have comfort issues.
Enthusiastic consumers, though, gave the argument that people don’t use smartphones to call anymore. Bigger screens allow watching movies, enjoying the web experience a bit more as well as editing pictures. With the Mega, why would you get a tablet if your phone can do everything?
0.7 inch less than the smaller tablets
With its gigantic size, it’s still nebulous whether the Samsumg Galaxy Mega will try to position itself as a smartphone or a hybrid product, a “smart-blet”. The difference with some tablets such as the Nexus 7 (7 inches display) is so small that it becomes very hard to draw an official boundary between these two types of products. Eventually, it will become necessary to create a new line of products to include mammoth smartphones.
The struggle of Samsung against Apple
This new launch comes as Samsung is having a hard time fighting the worldwide popularity of the iPhones. A recent article posted on Marketingland indicated that Apple’s smartphone market shares increased from 35% to 38.9% between November and February, while Samsung’S shares went from 20.3% to 21.3%. It is still a small victory for the Korean manufacturer, but Apple is clearly gaining the most from HTC’s and Motorola’s demise.
April 16, 2013 at 7:53 am
Comletely agree to your point…It seems Samsung has decided to make every possible inch gadget between the general smartphone category and the tablets category… New name would be smaller phablet an bigger phablet
April 16, 2013 at 11:28 am
I think the idea that a smartphone is for making voice calls is becoming obsolete. Everything you can do with a smartphone works better if the display is bigger, so it makes perfect sense that smartphones will converge with tablets.
April 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Thanks for your impressions! I do agree that voice calls are losing popularity (or people do them using small headphone with an integrated speaker).
What bugs me with this phone, though, is that I could not carry it in all my jeans’ pockets 😛
April 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm
6.3 inches is a bit too much. There should be some cut off point in my view.
April 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm
I don’t get this new trend, why should phones be even bigger? I usually hold my phone in my pocket, what should I do with this monster?
April 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Soon, you might see men carrying a purse around for their phone!
April 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Nice post and Yes, these new upcoming are really bigger in size but they are loaded with lots of new features and also seems better than others. We all have high expectation with these. Thanks for sharing this post.
April 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm
totally agree with morris..,
today we are forgetting the main idea behind a mobile phone, we are rarely using or buying it for voice calls…, we are just running behind the specifications..
nice article BTW..:)
April 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm
galaxy mega looks like a tablet, thinks like Samsung is confused whether to call it a tablet or phablet. 😛 😛