6.3- and 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega officially available in PH

Alora Uy Guerrero
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom

It came about a week early.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega, which we said would be launched June 15, was officially introduced to the local market the day Samsung Philippines opened its first Experience Store (think Apple Store) at the second floor of SM Aura Premier in Taguig City.

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And Samsung wasn't kidding when they named it Mega. Its 6.3-inch variant is the biggest smartphone/phablet that we've come across thus far; people with small hands would have a hard time wrapping their fingers around it.

It could turn off some people because it is hard to type on the device using one hand. However, those who always use their phones to play games and watch TV shows and movies may appreciate the Samsung Galaxy Mega's huge screen.

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Think of it as a lower-end but bigger Samsung Galaxy S4, complete with the latter's software tricks. Check out the two variants' spec sheets below.

At P23,990, the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega costs the same as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The Mega is LTE-enabled, though, and should work fine on the LTE networks of Smart Communications and Globe Telecom. We checked its benchmark score using AnTuTu and got a respectable score of 13,247.

The smaller of the two Megas is priced at P18,990. It is not LTE-capable, but it does have two SIM slots.

If you have the cash to burn, which of the two are you getting? Let us know using the sentiment slider after the photo gallery.