For the past two years Samsung has offered a phablet line so large that the only word suitable to surmise its super size is “Mega”. While we had yet to see anything concrete about this year’s offerings, leaks had revealed some possible insight. Today we have what is allegedly the first look at the product, though with a “demure” 5.5-inch screen the “Mega” moniker may be misleading.
Known as the Galaxy Mega On, the most striking feature is unquestionably the super slim bezels. Similar to the company’s own Galaxy A8, if not Sony’s Xperia C5 Ultra, the product looks to be pair of top and bottom parts sandwiching nothing but sheer screen. Closer inspection however suggests that the screen will not truly be “wall-to-wall” as there is a slightly lighter shade (of grey) along the edges of the display.
The device looks to employ a chrome (plastic) silver rim as per Samsung’s usual design language. There doesn’t appear to be a notification LED, something that has plagued numerous entries into the OEM’s mid-to-low end products, and even its premium priced Galaxy Tab S2. The recent app and back capacitive buttons look to be painted onto the unit; provided they are similar to the Galaxy J series, it is likely that no backlight will be present. The narrow nature of the home button would also seemingly serve as conformation there is no fingerprint sensor included. Moving onto the side:
The device looks rather chunky, however with that extra girth comes a rear-camera module that appears to be flush with the body in the first image, though this is likely a result of the perspective as the second image clearly shows as a protrusion. The placement of the volume rocker and the power button indicates there will be no major surprises with the handset’s basic layout. As for the back:
The rear looks to be smooth plastic which could make it rather slippery provided no textured surface is added. (For reference, Samsung often applies different textures to the backs of different color variants. See the Gold Galaxy Tab S2 versus the White or Black variants). A pry panel can be seen along the upper left-hand side which would allow access to the battery, microSD, and SIM slot(s). Finally, a single LED flash module and small rear firing speaker can be seen flanking the camera.
The spec spectacle
Samsung’s new phone has a slight resemblance to Sony’s Xperia C5 Ultra, as it does its own Galaxy A8.
Specs for the device had been rumored to include a 5.5-inch 1280X720 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera, microSD support and a 3,000mAh battery. It will purportedly ship with Android 5.1.1 and measure in at 151.8×77.5×8.2 mm thick and weigh 145 grams.
While the above mentioned specs had been reported for some time now, the source used for this story lists on-board RAM as just 1GB and the rear camera at just 8 megapixels. Additionally the display was recorded as being of a TFT-variety and not a sAMOLED panel. Given that the information hails from China’s TENAA, these would seemingly be more concrete details, however it should be clarified that Samsung has been known to modify configurations for different markets. Ultimately until this device becomes official nothing can be nailed down.
The Samsung Galaxy A8
Given the rather mediocre picture painted by these specs, it would seem that Samsung plans to position this device below its Galaxy J series. The actual use of the “Mega” moniker also seems a bit questionable given that at just 5.5-inches, the screen is smaller than any of the previous Galaxy Mega products, as well as the Galaxy A8. In fact, it is seemingly a lower-end model of the already mid-to-low end Galaxy J7.
What are your thoughts on the potential of such a product? Does it look enticing? Are you holding out for the rumored Galaxy Grand On instead? Drop us a comment below and be sure to let us know!