There are many things that you can say about Samsung but you could never accuse the company of not keeping its portfolio diverse. A couple of days ago the Korean manufacturer announced four sequels to last year’s low-end phones. Yesterday the quite long anticipated Galaxy S5 Mini was unveiled and today the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 appeared in benchmark offering a breakdown of its hardware and specs. Let’s take a look.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 Phablet – What to expect in terms of hardware and specs.
A successor to last year’s Galaxy Mega, the Mega 2 will join the ranks of the HTC One Max, the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the likes. True to its name, the device is mega in size, though the screen was shrunken down to 5.9 inches from 6.3 inches on the Galaxy Mega. The resolution is still of HD (720 x 1280) variety which means that pixel density will increase from 233 ppi to 248 ppi. It may not be the biggest upgrade in history but denser screen equals sharper image which we are always glad to see.
Powering the phone will be Snapdragon 410 processor with four cores clocked at 1.2 GHz and Adreno 306 GPU to take care of graphics. In case you didn’t know, the Snapdragon 410 is Qualcomm’s first 64-bit chipset and it would be a great match for Android L – Google’s first OS coming with 64-bit support. Upon launch the Galaxy Mega 2 will run Android 4.4.3 KitKat most likely with TouchWiz on top, but chances are that the phone will be one of the first to receive upgrade to Android L when the platform goes official.
The Galaxy Mega 2 packs 2 GB of RAM – a decent amount for a phone of its class, and offers 8 GB of internal memory. Obviously, a significant portion of storage space will be taken up by the operating system and preloaded apps. Users will be left with approximately 5.1 GB for their content. GFXBench doesn’t mention if memory is expandable or not, but since microSD slot was present on the first-generation Mega, we see no reason why Samsung would renounce that feature.
The phone is equipped with 12-megapixel rear camera which is rather unusual resolution for a smartphone. One probable explanation is that Samsung opted for a new sensor for its Mega 2 phablet. It’s also possible that the benchmark read the 4:3 format of Samsung’s current 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera as 12-megapixel mode. The front-facing camera sports a 4.7-megapixel sensor which is a significant bump from the 1.9-megapixel unit of last year’s Mega. It could suggest that the phone will be primarily destined to Asian markets where the focus on selfies is much stronger than anywhere else. Both cameras are capable of 1080p video capture. Other features of the Galaxy Mega 2 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, compass, accelerometer and GPS.
From what was revealed by the benchmark, the Galaxy Mega 2 looks like a decidedly mid-range device, not that we would expect killer specs from the Mega lineup. Many bits and pieces are still missing, for example dimensions, connectivity and battery capacity, but large phone enthusiasts should be pretty content with what the phablet has to offer.