Samsung Galaxy Mega: Is it a phone or a tablet or a f*cking skateboard without wheels!!

Samsung recently announced their new Galaxy Mega series, as the name suggests, ‘mega’ is really MEGA. There are two phones in this line-up, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3. These phones are so big that even Note 2 feels smaller compared to them. They actually look  more like compact tablets than SmartPhones. Both run on Dual Core SnapDragon 400 processors and come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Here are a few pics in which the phone is actually compared to some of the other popular smartphones out there.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with a 6.3″ HD display

According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will pack a 6.3″ PLS display of HD resolution and is going to be powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU and feature 1.5GB of RAM. That could be the Exynost 5250 chipset powering the company’s 11.6″ Chromebook offering or, more likely, the Snapdragon 400 with dual Krait 300.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Samsung Galaxy Mega

At the back of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 will reside an 8MP snapper with LED flash, while a 2MP one at the front will reportedly take care of video chatting. Connectivity is covered by Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 80211 a/b/g/n and A-GPS.

The device measures 167.6 x 88 x 7.9mm (same thickness as the Galaxy S4) and features a 3200mAh battery (100mAh more than the Galaxy Note II). At this point, it’s still unclear whether the Galaxy Mega 6.3 would run Android 4.1.2 or 4.2.2 .

Samsung plans to launch both LTE and non-LTE versions of Galaxy Mega 6.3 in 2 colors – black and white. The black variation of the phone will become available mid-May, while the white one will launch later.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini live photos

With the Samsung Galaxy S4 now official, it’s time for the rest of the new generation Galaxy devices to start making an appearance. It turns out the first one to break ground is the Galaxy S4 mini.

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SamMobile has got hold of some live photos of the smartphone, which reveals a design quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The photos below confirm that the S4 mini will even feature the back cover design of its bigger brother.

The Galaxy S4 mini (GT-I9190) will be available in a dual-SIM version as well (probably carrying the Galaxy S4 mini duos moniker and GT-I9192 model number).

Despite its name and resemblance to Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S4 mini allegedly won’t pack a monster of a CPU, but rather a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU and a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display of qHD resolution (960×540 pixels, 256ppi).

It’s slightly bigger than the ongoing Galaxy S III mini, which features a 4″ display of WVGA resolution. Unfortunately, the S4 mini’s CPU type isn’t known at this point, but what’s known from the photos above is that the smartphone will run what’s currently the latest version of Android -4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

According to the source the Galaxy S4 mini is expected to make its debut in June or July this year.

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Micromax A116 Canvas HD vs Samsung Galaxy Grand

Micromax Canvas HD A116 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand

Micromax Canvas HD A116 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand

Micromax A116 Canvas HD
There is no doubt that this smartphone will be one of the fastest selling phones in India. If initial reactions of fans is any indication, Micromax has a solid product in its court.

Pros
The A116’s MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz is more than capable of delivering a smooth, lag-free experience. Plus, it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which has Project Butter at its core. The PowerVR Series5XT GPU is known to be highly efficient and will handle graphics acceleration duties. Another big point in favour of the Micromax handset is the 5-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution, which means a pixel density of 294ppi. More importantly, the A116 is touted to be sold for under Rs 15,000, which is a fantastic price for the specs.

Micromax Canvas HD

Micromax Canvas HD

Cons
Looking at the flipside, the Micromax only comes with 4GB onboard storage. Even though it is possible to expand this thanks to the microSD slot, it supports cards only up to 32GB. The front-facing camera of the A116 can shoot only VGA (640 x 480) resolution, when most phones these days have front cams capable of shooting 720p at least. The 2000 mAh battery might not be enough to keep up with the quad-core processor, even though the MediaTek processor uses a 28nm manufacturing process.

Another worry is the lack of past updates by the company. Instead, its standard practice is to release a new handset with the latest OS. Possibly the biggest pain point for Micromax and its customers is the lack of good after-sales service. Despite being an established manufacturer in India, this is one of the biggest complaints by past customers.  And if you are someone who likes unlocking, ROMs and rooting, then this is not the phone for you. There is a very low support on development for MTK devices. There will be no CM or PACman ROMs for this device at all. On the positive side, Micromax Canvas  2 A110 has got its own XDA forum in Legacy and Low activity devies list.
Samsung Galaxy Grand
Samsung has a huge fan following and standing among Android phone makers; however, it is still trying to get right the formula for a smartphone with the right set of features at the right price. With the Galaxy Grand, Samsung is trying to do just that.

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Pros
Undoubtedly, Samsung’s brand name carries a lot of weight in the smartphone market. Moreover, the company has developed a trustworthy after-sales service network in the country. In this regard, the Korean company is ahead of Micromax. In the Galaxy Grand, it has included some of the TouchWiz features that were launched with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II. These include the likes of Smart Call, Pop-up Play, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S-Voice. Samsung has also included India-specific content offerings called My Services. This includes myMovies, myMusic, myMobileTV, myReader and myEducation.
The Galaxy grand offers 8GB of onboard storage, but unlike the A116, the microSD card slot supports cards up to 64GB. Its front-facing camera is of the 2 megapixel variety, so you can shoot videos with a 720p resolution.

 

Cons
The biggest complaint about the Samsung handset is the low-resolution display, which tops at 800 x 480, resulting in a low pixel density, 187ppi to be precise. While there is no official word on the processor ticking underneath, one source reports seeing a Galaxy Grand at the Broadcom booth during CES 2013. So one is led to believe that the SoC is the BCM28155, which comprises a pair of ARM Cortex-A9 cores and Broadcom’s own VideoCore-IV graphics engine. This is not the best option out there. Samsung has priced this handset at Rs 21,500, which means the price will be a big factor in making the buying decision. Ideally, the handset’s official price should have been in the Rs 16,000 to 17,000 bracket. It remains to be seen how soon market factors will dictate a fall in price.