Samsung has a new way to market its gigantic phablets — they’re now apparently able to take a bullet for you. 9to5Google points us to a story in Chinese website AppleDaily that describes how a man survived getting shot because the bullet happened to strike his enormous Galaxy Mega 6.3 phablet. More →
Samsung’s most massive phablet to date, the Galaxy Mega 6.3, will debut on AT&T and other wireless carriers in the U.S. later this month. Following Samsung’s announcement that the Mega 6.3 would be available in the U.S. from AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular beginning later this month, AT&T announced that it will launch the new 6.3-inch smartphone on August 23rd for $149.99 on contract. AT&T will also offer the phablet for $24 per month as part of its AT&T Next plan. Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 3,200 mAh battery and an 8-megapixel camera along with its 6.3-inch display. AT&T’s full press release follows below. More →
At this rate, Samsung (005930) looks likely to give one of its televisions voice-calling capabilities and still call it a smartphone. Until then, fans of big phones will have to make do with the Samsung Galaxy Mega lineup, a monstrous new “phablet” line that comes with display sizes of 5.8 and 6.3 inches. JK Shin, the CEO of Samsung’s mobile business, said that the new phablets tap into “a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more.” The 6.3-inch version of the Mega features a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 3,200 mAh battery and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, while the 5.8-inch version features a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2 and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Samsung hasn’t announced pricing for the Mega models yet but it says the devices will launch in May in Europe before expanding to other markets later in the year. Samsung’s full press release is posted below. More →
Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note phablet lineup is about to see some serious new competition… from Samsung. According to a report from SamMobile, which has a good track record when reporting details about unannounced Samsung products, the South Korean vendor is developing two new supersized smartphones that will launch later this year. Unlike its current phablets, however, these new handsets will fall under Samsung’s popular Galaxy brand and therefore may not include some of the Notes’ more appealing features, such as S Pen stylus support. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is rumored to feature a 5.8-inch display and it will reportedly launch in late May or early June. Then, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will seemingly follow in mid to late June with a comically large 6.3-inch touchscreen.