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.


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