The Samsung Galaxy Mega is one of the biggest Galaxy to date with 5.8″ and 6.3″ variants being offered. With these new sizes, Samsung is blurring the line between smart phone and tablets. At the moment, the Galaxy Note range is a smart phone that tries to be a tablet while the Tab 7.0 and the latest Note 8.0 are tablets with phone capabilities.
Three UK has released a hands-on video of the Galaxy Mega that comes with a 6.3″ screen. To recap on the spec, the Mega 6.3 runs on dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Krait processor with 1.5GB of RAM and a choice of 8GB and 16GB storage. The screen is a massive 6.3″ TFT which is the biggest smart phone or pocket-able phablet that does 1280×720 pixels resolution. Juicing up the Mega 6.3 is a 3,200mAh battery which is rather huge and it is 100mAh more than the Note II. The Galaxy Mega also comes with LTE variant as well so hopefully this would be available when it comeshere.
So far there’s no word on Galaxy Mega 6.3 availability in Malaysia but it is expected to be priced a notch below the Galaxy S4.
Does it fit in a pocket? Watch the video after the break.
Samsung has kicked off a teaser of its upcoming event that’s happening in London on the 20th June 2013. It doesn’t say much except that they will be premiering its Galaxy & ATIV line up which is their branding of Android & Windows based devices.
What could these be? For Galaxy, we would expect Samsung to announce their long rumoured Galaxy S4 mini, Mega and Active. Meanwhile on the Windows front, we expect a new range of Hybrid tablet/notebooks and smart phone to replace the current ATIV SMART PC & ATIV S. Another speculation is that a new Galaxy Camera might be in the works including super camera phone which is said to be called the Galaxy S4 Zoom.
The event will be streaming live at Samsung’s YouTube Channel.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in 2 version, the non-LTE version (9500) that is powered by Exynos 5 1.6GHz/1.2GHz Octa-Core and the LTE version (9505) that runs on Qualcomm 1.9GHz Quad-Core processor. So far Malaysians are getting the non-LTE version officially and from our initial hands-on, the battery life is quite a let down despite having one of the largest with 2,600mAh capacity. In our heavy day to day usage, the non-LTE Galaxy S4 struggles to last up to 12 hours and in comparison, the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One that comes with a smaller 2,300mAh-2,330mAh battery lasted longer. The HTC One which we have is able to give us 14 hours of usage with 3 hours on-screen time which is remarkable.
GSMArena has managed to get their hands on both Galaxy S4 versions which comes with the same specs except for processor and LTE support. After conducting a battery life test, it is surprising how much difference a processor makes when it comes to prolonging the life of its huge 2,600mAh battery. Below are some of the results from the test in hours:
Galaxy S4 (9505) LTE: 18:03
Galaxy Note II: 16:57
Xperia Z: 16:03
HTC One: 13:38
Galaxy S4 (9500) Non LTE: 11:01
HTC One: 9:58
Galaxy Note II: 8:48
Galaxy S4 (9505) LTE: 7:24
Galaxy S4 (9500) Non LTE: 6:58
Xperia Z: 6:37
Galaxy S4 (9505) LTE: 12:30
Galaxy S4 (9500) Non LTE: 11:29
Galaxy Note II: 11:27
HTC One: 10:02
Xperia Z: 5:39
In the talk time test, the LTE version gave a remarkable full 7 hours lead over its non-LTE version while for web browsing, the gap is smaller with 26 minutes. Compared to its competitors, the only area which Galaxy S4 wins big is the video playback with more 11 hours of usage which is even longer than the Galaxy Note II that comes with a larger 3,100mAh battery.
Could the Exynos 5 Octa-core processor being too advanced for its time? In terms of benchmark figures, it is no doubt a performer but we expected so much more from its larger 2,600mAh battery. It is surprisingly that the HTC One and even the iPhone 5 are able to push more hours from its smaller battery capacities when it comes to web browsing. Looking at the full comparison list, it looks like Qualcomm is much more energy efficient processor.
Hopefully Samsung would be able to fix these power inefficiency issues in their upcoming software updates. If you’re interested in the Galaxy S4 LTE version, Maxis has indicated that it will be coming soon.
Hit the source link for the full battery life comparison.
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