Samsung never seems to take a break from releasing smartphones, and having only rolled out the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge earlier on this month, has just taken the wraps off the successor to the Galaxy Mega. Like the original handset – it’s hard to call it a handset given the sheer size of the thing – the Galaxy Mega packs a sizeable display, pushing the 5.8-inch diameter of the previous version up to the 6-inch mark. As was the case before, though, the specs are nothing to write home about, so if you’re seeking mid-range performance over a large canvas, join us below for the finer details.
The new Galaxy Note 4 has a display rated by the folks at DisplayMate as the best in the industry, even better than that of the new iPhone 6 Plus. But the Galaxy Mega 2 is many leagues below its considerably more powerful counterpart, offering a miserly 720p resolution. Of course, it’s worth remembering that this is still high-definition, but given how manufacturers seem to be occupying the spot between full HD and QHD, Android will not look as sharp and vibrant as it might on some of the other handsets knocking about.
The very first Galaxy Mega, as some may recall, included a 6.3-inch display, later replaced by the 5.8-inch variant. It now looks as though Samsung has now found a happy display measurement right in between those two previous sizes, and although the handset might be just a tad too large for most, there are certainly folks out there seeking a larger display on a budget.
The innards, as aforementioned, are a far cry from the higher echelons of the mobile market, with the Galaxy Mega 2 including a 1.5GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM, but as well as the big screen, you also get Android 4.4 along with Samsung’s own TouchWiz overlay.
Let’s not mince words, the Galaxy Mega 2 is not built for performance. But with a sizeable display, a new-ish version of Android and a microSD slot to expand upon the 16GB of on-board memory, it’s more than competent for mid-range shoppers seeking that real estate, and with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, should be able to capture a decent snap as well.