Samsung unveils Galaxy Mega with 6.3inch screen

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Samsung has unveiled the biggest smartphone to date – the Galaxy Mega, which features a 6.3in (16cm) screen.

The firm suggested its size made it ideal for watching videos or running two apps alongside each other. Samsung helped popularise the so-called “phablet” category – in which phones approach tablet dimensions – with its original 5.3in Galaxy Note in 2011. Analysts have deemed a ‘phablet’ is a mobile gadget with a screen more than 5inches diagonally. The word comes from blending phone and tablet.

That proved more popular than many expected, but one analyst suggested the latest device might be a step too far. The Android-powered handset’s screen offers 234 pixels per inch (ppi) which allows it to support 720p resolution video playback.

Samsung also makes the Galaxy Note 8.0. Some versions of this 8in-screened device feature an HSPA+ radio allowing them to make calls, but the machine is being promoted as a tablet with phone functionality rather than the other way round.

‘We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more,’ said JK Shin of Samsung.

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However, experts are less impressed. Rik Henderson of Pocket Lint said ‘The screen size of the Galaxy Note works as you take notes – but the Mega is just a massive phone, it’s just too big.

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