Samsung has introduced a large display smartphone that has much lower specifications than its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The Mega family of device, which includes the giant Mega 6.3 has been seemingly designed to fulfill two new steps in Samsung’s mobile plans: 1. enter the new, uncharted territory of the 6″+ market 2. offer an affordable large-display smartphone to customers who can’t afford, or don’t need, a Galaxy Note 2. Samsung has had to tighten the specifications with a lower-resolution display, a dual-core processor and a slower graphics processor.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 sports a 5.8-inch TFT screen with qHD (540×960 pixels) resolution with pixel density of 190PPI. Samsung has cut corners when it comes to the phone’s display in an attempt to reduce costs, and it clearly shows. The display’s low resolution is much more prominent due to the phone’s big screen. Images and videos don’t look very sharp. In fact they often looked pixelated and washed out. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the latest iteration of the OS and TouchWiz Nature UX, Samsung’s own UI that includes custom apps in addition to a skinned interface.
While some people prefer stock Android to any kind of skinning, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has been panned for employing big, glossy and cartoon-like icons and menus. The intent might be to make the UI user-friendly, but it ends up looking anything but pleasant.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Broadcom processor. It has 1.5GB RAM, and a Broadcom VideoCore IV chip for processing graphics. Our review unit had 8GB of expandable internal storage out of which 5.34GB was available for our use.
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