News by Luke Jones on Tuesday September 23, 2014.
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We can't remember if Samsung launched a smartphone last week, but the Korean giant did this week as the new Galaxy Mega 2 has landed. The sequel to last year's massive phablet is much of the same in terms of boasting mid-range specs, although it may find itself priced out in an ever competitive phablet market.You may remember the Mega 2 leaked back last month, and at the time I said it would either have to be an improvement in terms of specs or price compared to the first iteration. The original Galaxy Mega was expensive for it modest specs, although it was the biggest device Samsung had ever made, available in a 5.8-inch and massive 6.3-inch option. This year the Korean company has opted for one single screen size (at least for now) and has met the two original Mega models somewhere in the middle. The new Galaxy Mega 2 gets a 6-inch screen, but I am a little disappointed to see that it is still a 720p panel, although it is arguably necessary to keep this as a mid-range product. In terms of performance, the Mega 2 gets a 1.5GHz quad core processor with 1.5GB of RAM, while Android 4.4 KitKat is running the show. Around the back there is an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, while on the front there is a 2.1 megapixel lens. There is 16GB of built in memory, a microSD card slot, 3200 mAh battery, and LTE connectivity. That is a slight processor upgrade on the original Galaxy Mega, but all the other specs are very much the same which means this is an upgrade more than a new device. The problem is, there is little reason to buy this handset if you already have the original model, and in fact this is more of a new screen variant to the range rather than a re-tooled experience. The Galaxy Mega 2 has reached Asia and is available now for around $400. There has been no confirmation on a launch in Europe and the US, but if the device does come it could have a different price. AT&T carried the original Mega, but I am wondering whether Samsung will keep this in Asia and let the first model stay a little longer in Western markets, considering there is so little between the handsets in terms of hardware.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.