The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 was made official back in April, and it’s set to land in Blighty in a couple of months. With a SIM free price of around £460, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will have plenty of high-end competition.
One such phone is the much-loved Galaxy Note 2, also from Samsung, and as such I’ve decided to pit the two against each other in a bloody spec-based battle to the death. Fun!
Glancing at the respective spec sheets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – somewhat confusingly – aren’t that different. Let’s take a closer look.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 display: 5.5in 720 x 1280, 267PPI
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 display: 6.3in 720 x 1280, 233PP1
At 720 x 1280, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 actually have the same resolution, but stretched over the larger display, the latter of course has a lower PPI (pixels per inch) score.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 processor: quad-core Exynos 4412 clocked at 1.6GHz
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 processor: dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.7GHz
Naysayers might scoff at the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3’s dual-core processor, and Snapdragon 400 instead of 600, but the gargantuan phone should – in theory – have plenty of power under the hood.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, eight months after release, it remains one of the most powerful Android devices on the market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 RAM: 2GB of RAM
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 RAM: 1.5GB of RAM
There’s no getting past it; if the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 were truly aimed at the high end of the market, it’d be backed by a full 2GB of RAM, much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z…
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 camera: 8MP rear with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.9MP front
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 camera: 8MP rear with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.9MP front
On paper, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 cameras are the same, though it remains to be seen if the Mega 6.3 will offer Note 2-style simultaneous video and image capture.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 storage: 16, 32 or 64GB
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 storage: 8 or 16GB
Internal storage is often a sign of a device’s intended market, and the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3’s 8GB starting point screams (price aside) mid-range.
Having said that, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 have microSD compatibility, welcoming an additional 64GB via card.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 battery: 3,100mAh battery
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 battery: 3,200mAh battery
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is well known for offering – shock horror – more than one day of juice on a single charge – depending on usage, of course. Jan reckons “2 full days shouldn't be a problem”.
Presumably the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 will offer something in the same vicinity, and that could be a big selling point – battery life being a huge bugbear with consumers.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 size: 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm, 183g
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 size: 167.6 x 88 x 8 mm, 199g
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is around 10% wider and taller than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, though it’s 1.4mm thinner. Is that a good thing? Hmm. It should at least feel pretty solid, at 199g.
There might be some pocket-related concerns with the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, but Three Mobile reckons it’ll be fine.
On closer inspection, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 isn’t that bad. Maybe we’ve been a little harsh on it. However, the spec sheet does hint at mid-range while the price yells high.
We can’t help but feel that the more educated consumer will opt for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, or – wiser still – wait and see what the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 offers when it launches in September.
It's also worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is specifically designed with stylus in mind.