Samsung has officially revealed its latest in its line-up of phablet smartphones by unveiling the Galaxy Mega 2 on its official website in Thailand.
Samsung has also recently revealed the Galaxy Note 4, which is now taking pre-orders here in the UK, but it looks as though its phablet domination isn’t stopping there.
In fact, this latest Mega phablet boasts a larger display than the more popular Note handset, but does take a fairly substantial hit on its internal specs, most likely in an effort to reduce costs.
Sporting a 6” display, the Mega 2 is actually smaller than its 6.3” predecessor, but still offers a larger display than the Note 4, which has a 5.7” effort on its front side.
However it’s not all good news on the Mega’s display, which although being HD with its 720p resolution only packs 245 pixels per inch, which doesn’t make for the best reading.
A quad-core 1.5GHz processor couples an Exynos 4415 chipset under the hood for the Mega 2, keeping things fairly modest for the big screened smartphone.
1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage and a 2800mAh battery top off the internal specs on the Mega, again showing less power than the Note 4, whilst keeping the price tag in check.
The cameras offer little to wow the crowds on the megapixel front, with the Mega 2 boasting an 8 megapixel front lens alongside a 2.1 megapixel effort on the front side of the handset.
They’re by no means showstoppers, but they provide a good quality image for day to day use, and won’t be performing badly on any regular sized computer screen.
Android 4.4.4 KitKat handles everything on the software side of things, with an update to Android L possible when the system is officially downloadable later on this year.
Currently, the Mega 2 is only getting released in two colours, black and white. Whilst it isn’t the most intuitive of selections we’ve seen, rumour has it that Samsung could release different styles in the future, so keep those eyes peeled.
Funnily enough, before the Mega 2 went official in Thailand, it had already gone on sale in Malaysia, meaning that it is in mass production.
Thailand based stores are also selling the larger than life phablet, but word of a UK release date has been muted.
Considering the mass hysteria surrounding the Galaxy Note 4 release, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing the Mega make an appearance anytime soon on British shores.
However, a release at the beginning of next year isn’t completely off the cards yet, but then it would come as no surprise to see Samsung keep it in lower end markets indefinitely if the Note 4 does as well as expected.
Of course, if you’re desperate to pick up one of the biggest phablets on the market, you could always import the handset.
Written by Luke Hatfield