When looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Samsung Galaxy Mega, it is arguably important to take a step back and ask why Samsung would be working on two devices which arguably fit into almost exactly the same market niche. The key selling point of both handsets is a big screen designed to dwarf other smartphones and each will be sold at the same time by the same retailers and network providers once the Galaxy Note 3 is released this autumn. But what are the differences between these stalwarts of the Samsung Galaxy range and why should you consider one over the other when the time comes to upgrade?
We know for certain that the Galaxy Mega comes with a 6.3 inch touchscreen display with a 720p resolution and an IPS panel, because it has recently been released for sale. The Galaxy Note 3 is a bit more of a mystery because of its unofficial status, but various rumours and leaks have painted a pretty clear picture of what to expect.
It will more than likely feature a 5.9 or 6.0 inch full HD 1080p display with a Super AMOLED panel, which means that it will be physically smaller than the Galaxy Mega while offering a higher resolution combined with better contrast ratios and colours.
The Galaxy Mega may not sport as high a pixel density as the full HD Galaxy Note 3, although it will hardly be considered blurry or pixellated.
Particularly given that seven to ten inch tablets with lower resolutions are popular today.
Of course those who are fans of Super AMOLED technology might baulk at the idea of going back to LCD, so the Note 3 does have the ability to tempt big screen fans away from the other Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
While the Galaxy Note 3 is going to be built with cutting-edge components hammering away under the bonnet, the Galaxy Mega is a much more mid-range oriented handset with specs to match.
It has a dual core 1.7GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM, which will look slightly archaic compared to the quad or octo-core chip and 3GB of RAM which are thought to be on their way within the Galaxy Note 3.
Real world performance may not speak to this difference in hardware capabilities to the degree that those who have paid top dollar for the Galaxy Note 3 would like, but in terms of longevity there is definitely a bit more future-proofing in the approach taken for the costlier of these two handsets.
The Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Mega should be most closely related when it comes to software, because both will run Android Jelly Bean along with the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.
You can also expect to find things like Group Play and S Translator or both models, so the cutting edge user experience which Samsung has been fostering will be available to all buyers.
If you are concerned that actually using either of these unavoidably large phones to make calls will render you the subject of public ridicule, Samsung has actually proved with the popularity of the Galaxy Note range that people are more than willing to clamp what is essentially a tablet to the sides of their heads. While the Galaxy Note 3 will address the end of the market that wants the very latest hardware at their fingertips, the Galaxy Mega does a good job of bringing big screen benefits to the more affordable end of the scale.
Galaxy Note 3 Release Date
We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to be officially unveiled at the IFA 2013 in September. As part of a Samsung Unpacked event, only then will we truly know how the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 compares to the Samsung Galaxy Mega.