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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 review (video)

by On July 5, 2013
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It seems as if Samsung is on a quest to offer a smartphone in just about every size. While many don’t like big phones like the Note 2, Samsung decided to go even further with the Galaxy Mega 5.8, the little brother of the Galaxy Mega 6.3, which is easily one of the largest smartphones on the market.

We already took a look at the Mega 6.3, so what does the Mega 5.8 have to offer? While there aren’t many software differences, a lot has changed under the hood, effectively making it a mid-range device. As you can see, it’s a lot smaller than the Mega 6.3, as well.

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Next, we loaded up Epic Citadel. The Ultra High Quality setting wasn’t available, so first we tried High Quality mode, reaching an average framerate of 56.1 FPS. High performance mode barely made a difference, coming in at an average 56.7 FPS.

The hardware is powerful enough to keep the UI responsive and apps running smoothly, but you might want to look elsewhere if you plan on heavy gaming. However, light gaming will do just fine.

Hardware

The Galaxy Mega gets its name from its 5.8-inch qHD display. Under the hood, we’re looking at a 1.4GHz dual-core Broadcom CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage, expandable by a microSD card.

The primary rear-facing camera is 8-megapixels, and it is indeed capable of 1080p video capturing. Looking around the front, we have a 1.9-megapixel camera. As for power, the Mega 5.8 has a 2,600 mAh unit. The model we’re reviewing here is the Duos model, so it also has support for dual-SIMs. Other than that, it’s pretty identical to the single-SIM model.

Software

The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is running Android 4.2.2 with the latest version of TouchWiz. Like the Mega 6.3, the 5.8 includes a landscape or tablet mode. It’s unlikely that you’ll want to use this particular device for simple tasks, such as making a call, but it’ll prove to be a handy device for entertainment reasons.

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Since no carrier got their hands on our review unit, there was very little bloatware included, aside from Samsung’s usual bevy of apps — S Memo, S Planner, S Translator, S Voice, and it’s own app store. However, apps that we usually see on Samsung’s devices weren’t included, such as Flipboard. That was definitely appreciated, given the low amount of internal storage the Mega 5.8 has.

Battery and camera

Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 5.8 is loaded with a 2,600 mAh battery, and with relatively modest hardware, you can expect to get a good deal of juice out of the Mega 5.8. After 16 hours of of benchmarking, testing, and downloading a few apps, the battery still had a whopping 68% of juice left. However, the screen brightness was fairly low and so SIMs were installed, so that may have contributed to that …read more

Via: Android Authority

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