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Richardson, Texas – Samsung Telecommunications America declined to say whether it plans a U.S. launch of two Galaxy Mega phablets that will roll out in Europe and Russia in May.
The two Android 4.2 devices combine traditional smartphone capabilities, including circuit-switched voice calls, with tablet-size screens.
One is the LTE-equipped Galaxy Mega 6.3 with 6.3-inch HD screen. The other is the 5.8-inch Mega 5.8, equipped with HSPA+21 and quarter-HD display. Neither comes with the S Pen stylus that’s packed with the company’s current U.S.-market phablet, the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II.
Both models are targeted to value users, based on their specifications and Samsung’s description that the duo “brings great quality at an even greater value.” Both feature dual-core CPUs, whereas top-end phones hitting the market sport quad-core CPUs.
The Mega 6.3 features LTE, HSPA+21, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, HD TFT display, 8-megapixel main camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera, Wi-Fia/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), 3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery, 8GB embedded memory and 64GB MicroSD card slot.
The Mega 5.8 offers almost all of the same features but comes in a smaller screen size with less resolution at quarter-HD, lacks LTE, features slower 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, lacks Wi-Fi AC and comes with a smaller 2,600 mAh battery.
Both offer Group Play, which enables content sharing for up to eight devices on the same Wi-Fi network. The Samsung WatchOn feature combines universal remote with local TV-program guides and program recommendations. Samsung Link streams photos, videos, notes, or music to a TV, tablet or computer. S Translator lets users speak or type words in need of translation. The devices then translate using text or voice depending on the open application, such as email or Samsung’s ChatOn video-chat service.
A split-screen capability displays two apps at a time. Air View lets users preview information in emails, the photo gallery and contacts without opening the application.
Camera capabilities include High Dynamic Range, Drama Shot to merge continuous shots of a moving object, Sound & Shot to capture nine seconds of sound and voice as a picture is taken, and the like.
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