Duck and cover -- Samsung announced this morning that its latest monster handset, the Galaxy Mega, will be arriving on our shores this month. The 6.3-inch monolith will be coming to AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular. Beyond that, availability information is one thing about this phone that's still on the small side -- as the company explains in a press release this morning (which you can find in all of its PRy glory below), "each carrier will announce their specific availability, colors and timing." We do know that it'll have Android 4.2.2 and a 1.7GHz dual core processor. Expect more info on the only smartphone visible from space to follow soon from each of the aforementioned carriers.
Update: As expected, the carrier announcements have begun trickling in. You can find Sprint's below. It adds...a little information to what we already knew, namely the fact that the Now Network will be offering up unlimited data with the handset.
Update 2: More info now from the AT&T camp, and this time out, it's stuff we can really use -- namely price and date. The carrier's got the massive handset arriving the 23rd, priced at $150 (with, you guessed it, a two-year contract). The rest of that release is after the break -- beneath all the other releases, naturally.
Samsung Brings the Galaxy Mega to U.S. Consumers
Continuing its commitment to provide choice to consumers, Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) today announces the Samsung Galaxy Mega™ for the U.S. market. The 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega is the ideal hybrid mobile device for those who want to experience smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet.
"We continue to bring innovation with our Galaxy family of devices, with the Galaxy Mega representing a manifestation of consumer's enthusiasm for our thin, large screen designs," said Nick DiCarlo, vice president of product planning and marketing at Samsung Mobile. "The Galaxy Mega combines exceptional features from the Samsung Galaxy smartphone family with a 6.3-inch screen, making it an optimal device for movies, books, music and games."
Superior Galaxy® Features
The Galaxy Mega allows users to enjoy many of the benefits of Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy S® 4, on an even larger screen. The Galaxy Mega's big-screen experience enhances everything you do on a smartphone – whether it's watching a video, browsing web pages or composing an email.
· Air View™: Explore information and content on your Galaxy Mega without ever touching the screen. Simply hover your finger an inch above the screen to preview emails and photos, initiate speed-dial and even magnify text.
· Multi Window: Multi Window split screen multitasking allows users to seamlessly run multiple apps on one screen simultaneously, and is now better than ever on the 6.3-inch HD screen of the Galaxy Mega. Watch a movie on Samsung Hub™ and check email at the same time, all by dragging and dropping apps on the same screen.
· WatchON™: Control your television using the Galaxy Mega as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with the Integrated Infrared (IR) controller that makes Smart Remote functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy Mega to a TV effortlessly, as well as channel surf in a smart, new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.
· Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the settings menu easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy Mega, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.
At 8-megapixels, the Galaxy Mega rear-facing camera has zero shutter lag to capture life's memorable moments without delay. The Galaxy Mega is equipped with the easy-to-navigate Galaxy Camera™ user interface which supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer. Galaxy Mega users can also create photo albums on the fly with Story Album™ - a unique way to group content by event or date. With the spacious display and a variety of filters and editing tools, smartphone photos have never looked better.
The Galaxy Mega has 6.3 inches of screen real estate with a HD Super Clear LCD (720x1280) display that beautifully showcases photos, e-books and magazines, or PowerPoint presentations. Wide viewing angles mean that users can maximize productivity and never sacrifice their experience.
The Galaxy Mega runs Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), powered by a 1.7 GHz dual core CPU and 1.5 GB of internal RAM. Users can store large libraries of photos, music and videos with expandable storage of up to 64 GB of memory with an external microSD™ card.
The Galaxy Mega is also SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise), allowing users to work and play with confidence that their photos, emails and contacts are protected. Built with enough power to get you through the longest work days, the Galaxy Mega is powered by a removable 3,200 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge.
Protect the Galaxy Mega with an assortment of cover options, such as the S-View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover with a clear window to answer or reject a call and view battery status. The traditional Flip Cover provides similar functionality without a viewing window, and the Protective Cover + fits snugly around the Galaxy Mega to protect against bumps and falls. Sold separately, the S-View Flip Cover, Flip Cover and Protective Cover + come in a variety of vibrant colors to add personality and style, all while protecting the Galaxy Mega.
The Galaxy Mega comes in Nova Black and Polaris White color options and will be available beginning this month. AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular will carry the device - each carrier will announce their specific availability, colors and timing.
Sprint to Bring Unlimited Data Experience to Samsung Galaxy Mega
Sprint (NYSE: S), the long-time leader in offering unlimited wireless services, today announced it will offer Samsung Galaxy Mega™ on the Sprint network later this year.
Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product Development, Sprint, issued the following statement:
"Galaxy Mega is an ideal smartphone to demonstrate the value of Sprint's unlimited 4G LTE data plans1. This new device combines the creativity of a tablet and the productivity and portability of a smartphone with the availability of the Sprint Unlimited Guarantee on the Unlimited, My WaySM or My All-inSM plan. Our customers will enjoy the mega-sized 6.3-inch display, premium camera, fast 4G LTE speeds and other innovative features on Galaxy Mega while on the Sprint network, without worrying about costly overages or sharing data. While other wireless providers are moving away from unlimited service, the Sprint Unlimited Guarantee allows our customers to lock-in unlimited talk, text and data, not for just the next two years, but for the life of the line of service2."
Samsung and Galaxy Mega are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Perks of Smartphone and Tablet Combine with Samsung Galaxy Mega, Available at AT&T Aug. 23
Beginning August 23, you will be able to enjoy the functionality of a smartphone with the viewing ease of a tablet. AT&T* will be the first carrier in the U.S. to offer the Samsung Galaxy Mega™ for $24 per month with AT&T Next or $149.99 with a two-year agreement. The 6.3-inch device is the ideal hybrid handset if you want to experience smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet. To see the Galaxy Mega's features in action, check out this video.
"Continuing our legacy as the first carrier to launch Samsung's Galaxy series, we're excited to expand our growing line of Galaxy smartphones with the Galaxy Mega," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. "Images and web content come alive on the large display, making it easy to stay productive and entertained almost anywhere, all on the nation's fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network.**"
The Galaxy Mega runs Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and includes many of the popular Galaxy smartphone features:
WatchON™ is a service that simplifies searching and recommends TV, movies and sports according to personal tastes. With WatchON and the built-in IR blaster, the Galaxy Mega functions as a remote control for home theater equipment.
Air View™ allows you to hover your finger over a calendar item or email to display a preview of what's inside without opening it.
Multi Window display offers split screen viewing and lets you view content in two windows at once, making it easy to multi-task. For instance, you can take notes while watching a video or search the web while responding to a text message or email.
Easy Mode settings give new smartphone users or simplicity seekers the option to start out with a basic version of your home screen that keeps your favorite apps and features within reach.
Story Album™ transforms photos you take with the Mega's 8-megapixel camera into multi-media albums with music, videos and notes.
S Translator™ helps you get your point across in a variety of languages.
AT&T recently launched AT&T Next, a new program that gives you the chance to get a new device every year. AT&T Next is simple and easy to use.
You can purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment, no upgrade fee and no activation fee and agree to pay monthly installments for the device, with no financing fees.
After 12 payments, you can trade it in and upgrade to a brand new device - again with no down payment.
AT&T Next is available for new AT&T customers or existing customers who are upgrade eligible.
Using AT&T Next, you can get the Galaxy Mega for $24 per month.