Samsung Galaxy Mega hits the US

Samsung's supersized Galaxy Mega smartphone will finally roll out to US consumers starting this month.

(Credit: Aloysius Low/CNET)

The 6.3-inch phone will be offered in the US by AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular, Samsung revealed on Monday. The actual launch dates will vary among the three.

AT&T will get started with the Mega on Friday, 23 August. The phone will sell for US$149.99 under the standard two-year agreement, or US$24 per month under the AT&T Next instalment plan.

Sprint doesn't seem to be in such a rush. The US carrier said that it will offer the phone later this year, under its unlimited 4G long-term evolution (LTE) data plans.

A spokesperson for US Cellular, meanwhile, told CNET that the carrier would offer the Mega to customers in the coming weeks, but didn't reveal a specific launch date.

The Galaxy Mega's huge screen offers an HD Super Clear display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. Equipped with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the phone has a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Users can expand the capacity to 64GB with an external microSD card. An 8-megapixel camera graces the rear.

Mega buyers can choose either nova black or polaris white as the colour.

The US is playing catch-up with the Mega, as the phone has already been available in Europe, Russia and Samsung's home base of South Korea. An Australian release date has yet to be announced.

Via CNET.com



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