Samsung Mega Phablet Joins the Ever-Growing Galaxy Lineup

[This sponsored article was written by IDG Creative Lab, a partner of Qualcomm.]

After months of anticipation, Samsung has put a firm release date on the Galaxy Mega Phablet.  The large phone-tablet hybrid was first announced back in April, but it was only Monday that we finally learned exactly when we would be able to get our hand(s) on it.

Samsung’s incredibly popular Galaxy line-up has been steadily receiving new additions all year.  The flagship S4 has spawned new variations including a more “rugged” waterproof version, a Google edition with a stock Android OS, the Zoom Edition with a more powerful camera, and an S4 Mini, not to mention the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab.

The Mega phablet bridges the size gap between tablet and smartphone – perhaps the only remaining hole in Samsung’s Galaxy inventory.  With the S4 Mini’s display reportedly measuring 4.3 inches, the Galaxy S4 smartphone screen coming in at 5 inches, the Galaxy Note II measuring 5.5 inches, and the Galaxy Tab 3 coming in both 8 and 10.1-inch options, the Galaxy Mega’s 6.3-inch 720x1280 HD display hits that sweet spot right in the middle.

Like its companion gadgets, the Galaxy Mega will utilize Samsung’s popular software and powerful hardware.  Air View, Multi Window, S Translator, ChatOn, and WatchOn will all come standard, operating on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS.  It will come with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, and also include a microSD slot for expandable memory.  The Galaxy Mega will run on the same 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that powers the HTC First and HTC Mini.

The Galaxy Mega might seem to round out Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone offering, but may also just be the next addition in a long, evolving line of products.  While tablets and smartphones have carved out their markets by offering distinct benefits, phablets walk the line in the middle, earning both praise and criticism.  It may be due to their nature – larger than an average phone, smaller than a normal tablet.  Some people enjoy having a compromise of two devices in one unit, preventing them from needing to buy both.  Others find the hybrid approach to be anything but the Goldilocks of gadgets.  Regardless, Samsung has a lot of fans, and anticipation for any new Galaxy device is always palpable.

The Galaxy Mega Phablet officially releases this Friday, August 23rd.  It will initially sell for $149.99 with a two-year contract through Sprint, US Cellular, and AT&T, or for $24/month through AT&T’s Next Plan.  Pick it up in Nova Black or Polaris White.

 

This sponsored article was written by IDG Creative Lab, a partner of Qualcomm.

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