Samsung's Galaxy Mega phablet: Will it fly in the U.S.?

Summary:The Galaxy Mega is a 6.3-inch version of the Galaxy S4 and part of Samsung's strategy to carpet bomb the market with devices of all screen sizes.

Samsung on Monday confirmed that the Galaxy Mega, a 6.3-inch phablet, is coming to the U.S. and targeting folks who want a hybrid smartphone meets tablet.


In a nutshell, the Galaxy Mega is a larger version of the Galaxy S4. The features on the Mega and S4 roughly match. The Galaxy Mega also has an 8-megapixel camera, runs Android 4.2.2 and has enterprise features under SAFE (Samsung for Enterprise).

Initially, the Galaxy Mega will be available on AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.

The big question here is whether the Galaxy Mega will find a base of customers. The device will be too large for a pocket, but may take some of the market that would gravitate to a 7-inch tablet.

Samsung's strategy is fairly clear when it comes to its mobile devices: Carpet bomb the market with screens of various sizes. A 7-inch tablet may leave someone out so why not go for a 6.3-inch screen.

Samsung's throw every screen size against the wall strategy appears a little nutty, but so far it has worked out pretty well. At some point, Samsung will hit a screen-size wall. It remains to be seen if the Galaxy Mega is that wall---at least in the U.S.


Topics: Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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