Forget Fonblet, Samsung is now calling its next phablets the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3

Forget Fonblet, Samsung is now calling its next phablets the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3

Let's face it – the Samsung Galaxy Fonblet is one of the worst names the smartphone biz has ever come with. It's confusing, looks rubbish and makes you think Sammy settled for a poor consolation prize after Asus nabbed Padfone or Fonepad.

But now we're hearing Samsung has come to its senses and changed the name. Well, partially come to its senses – the name it's reportedly settled on is Galaxy Mega.

We heard about the Galaxy Fonblet 5.8 and Galaxy Fonblet 6.3 phablets separately, but it seems both are very much real and according to SamMobile will be “available” in “week 22” and “week 25” respectively.

If that's based on a standard calendar (we're not told), that's early and late June, though we're also not told how wide that initial availability will be, so your guess is as good as mine whether those launch dates apply to the UK or not.

Back to the names, though, and yes it really does seem to be true that the phablet duo will be known as the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3. Maybe it's just a memory of the excellent Conan O'Brien iPad mini parody last year that gave us names like iPad Mega, iPad mini Mega and iPad Monstro, but I just can't take the whole thing too seriously.

I might stick to calling them the Galaxy GT-I9152 and Galaxy GT-I9200 for the time being.

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socialjeebus  Apr. 3, 2013 at 04:23

As someone who works at a Korean company (and the only foreigner no less) I can imagine how they came up the brutal fonblet (and nearly as awful Mega).

A bunch of Koreans would have sat around for hours, possibly days, before deciding to combine phone and tablet (it's very common in Korea to combine two syllables from two or even three words to create an abbreviation of a product name - Mister Pizza becomes MiPi and Kakaotalk becomes Katok, etc).

Each of them pats each other on the back for their remarkable combination of fon (from the Korean handpon - meaning mobile phone) and blet (from tablet natch).


They'd have then all got smashed and went to a very expensive hostess bar near HQ in Gangnam - all on the corporate account obviously.

Then, the next day, in their hungover stupour they'd have stopped the first white person they saw and asked them what they though of the name, whitey proceeds to laugh in their face at the ridiculousness of the name and probably they suggested Mega as a joke.

The Koreans would then check the dictionary for the definition and hey presto they settle on Mega.

That's probably how they got a soft drink called coolpis too.

Anyway, I would have suggested Phab....

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2013 at 07:48

Ahem... Racism Anonymous meets in the basement toilet at Waterloo station :p

I'm shocked there are Koreans working for a Korean company. Also shocked there exist cultural differences - who'd have thought. Cause we all found "iPad" so cool a name from the get go. A really white kinda name :p

Just teasing you. It's early :p

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2013 at 09:12

Wonder what Kim Dotcom thinks about this?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:21

Ahem... Racism Anonymous meets in the basement toilet at Waterloo station :p

I'm shocked there are Koreans working for a Korean company. Also shocked there exist cultural differences - who'd have thought. Cause we all found "iPad" so cool a name from the get go. A really white kinda name :p

Just teasing you. It's early :p

I think this says it all really...

http://funfive.net/images/Coolpis.jpg

socialjeebus  Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:58

Lol, Jan.

Really though, this is probably (99%ish) the way it happened.

I work for Samsung from time-to-time as well as many other Korean companies.

Often slogans and names are created with only the domestic market in mind (hence the terrible Designed for Humans rubbish - it sounds quite neat in Korean, ridiculous in English).

When I sit in meetings it goes without saying that I'm the only non-Korean (I did meet a Korean-Chinese in a meeting once though).

iPad sucks too - too much like a female hygiene product for my liking.

To illustrate my point. There's a new smoothie / juice place near Samsung's HQ in Gangnam and the owners thought it would be a great idea to call it "Fizzy Belching"

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:29

Haha Is that Moe's Tavern? Does Anita Ride hang out there?

socialjeebus  Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:48

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/602459_268067893308342_110849614_n.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2013 at 13:36

Yummy :p

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 3, 2013 at 17:25

Do they just take whatever Google Translate says as gospel when it comes to Korean-English translation haha :p?

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