Samsung Galaxy Mega launching in Canada ‘in the coming weeks’

Ian Hardy

August 13, 2013 11:54am

We’ve known for a while that the Samsung Galaxy Mega would be making an appearance on several of the Canadian carriers lineup. Today, Samsung announced that interested Canadians will be able to ‘Live Large with the Samsung GALAXY MEGA’ and declared it’ll be available in the coming weeks – ‘just in time for back to school.” Personally, I didn’t think the 6.3-inch Mega was targeted for the back-to-school crowd, but apparently it’s “the back to school accessory of choice.”

There’s no insight on prices, or confirmed carriers, but we know that Rogers, Bell and TELUS will all launch the LTE-enabled 6.3-inch Android phablet. The Galaxy Mega has a 6.3-inch 720p display, powered by Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 1.7Ghz dual-core processor, 16GB internal memory and holds up to 64GB with a microSD card, 1.5GB RAM, 3,200 mAh battery, 8MP camera and a 1.9MP front-facing camera.

A previous doc we leaked online showed Rogers releasing the Mega in early September.

“We are proud to introduce Canadians to the GALAXY MEGA – a device that will truly enable them to live large,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President Enterprise Business Division Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. “At Samsung, we have worked hard to ensure that we offer Canadians a broad variety of high quality mobile devices designed to meet their individual needs – which is why we are so excited to add the GALAXY MEGA to our line up.”

Update: Rogers and TELUS have confirmed they will be carrying the Galaxy Mega.

Source: CNW

  • canuck07

    6.3″ is a bit too insane for me

    • Nathaniel James

      That’s what she said.

    • Bri

      LOLL

  • King kobi

    What will the price be?

  • rgl168

    I’d rather go for the Note (and have the S-Pen functionality) instead of this.

    • Bri

      Huge price difference though

    • rgl168

      How do you know there will be “huge price difference”? Do you have the inside pricing information on the Mega? None of the carriers have announced pricing.

  • ITCanWork

    if you want 6.3 inches then wait for the waterproof Sony Xperia Z ULTRA.

    • southerndinner

      Complete with Sony’s garbage viewing angles for watching your hentai and manga garbage!

    • Bri

      LOLLL

    • Plazmic Flame

      Why you calling manga garbage? Relax bro, not even on topic. Where did Sony hurt you?

    • southerndinner

      Becuase japinmation is for virgin nerds in their parents basements. No one with dignity watches that garbage.

    • Phil Rod

      And your point being…

    • M L

      your argument is invalid. You are just begging the questions and making an AD hominem attack. Please use a condom from now on. We dont need you to reproduce that type of thinking.

    • Beno

      And no camera flash for Sony Xperia Z ULTRA.

  • grantdude

    The size war has got to stop. If this keeps up, next year we’ll all be talking on our 10 inch tabs.

    • Josh Brown

      Just don’t buy it then, if people like huge phones what does it matter to you? I have a Note 2 and I could go little bigger.

    • Sukdis Knaatz

      Fatty.

    • Josh Brown

      Nice

    • eszklar

      Already use a 2012 Nexus 7 Wifi+3G as a phone. Waiting for the 2013 Nexus 7+cellular myself as well. If the Galaxy Note 8+cellular had 1080p and 32GB internal I’d rock that too.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Using some kind of “skype” software I presume to do phone calls?

    • eszklar

      Skype, Fongo, Google Voice/GrooVeIP. So VoIP apps.

  • Darryl Barnes

    This is getting ridiculous. These things are just getting bigger and bigger. Soon we will just be carrying around our tablets. Where’s the line? 6.3″ that’s almost a nexus 7 or tab 7.0.

    • Morgan Freeman Lookalike

      The other day I was walking through the mall pretending to talk on my nexus7 as if it were a phone. I was asked by so many people where I got my phone and if they could get a bigger one.

    • kroms

      LMAO ! :O hilarious !!

    • Dave Strot

      …nobody asked you if you’re Morgan Freeman? Wtf?

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      I have got to try that with my Note 8. LMAO.

    • eszklar

      Sony Xperia Z tablet with LTE.

    • Josh Brown

      Nexus 7 has a huge bezel if you hold them together it will be way bigger.

  • Bri

    720p on a 6.3″ screen doesn’t sound so pretty.
    And is Samsung’s TouchWiz light enough to be run smoothly on a dual-core?

    • Henry

      It probably won’t lag but it won’t feel butter smooth either.

    • Andrew

      It runs alright on the Galaxy S III, which is dual core in North America.

    • Bri

      Oh.. I didn’t realize GS3 was dual core

    • Josh Brown

      The NA version was the Dual core, Int. Was quad.

    • G0d5hand

      I had the s3 intl version and it lagged and stuttered often. Maybe the one GB of ram was an issue

    • Josh Brown

      I think it was also one of the first Exponos 4 chips, hadn’t had all the bugs worked out.

    • Deli

      It’s the same hardware as the S3. I had the fortune to play with as a friend bought one from HK. It’s actually really cool and dwarfs my old note 2 (on S4 active right now waiting for Note 3). Very cool media device. I like big phones but this was pushing it. Unlike others here, I realize it is a CHOICE to buy bigger phones and i don’t ridicule people for exercising their decisions.

    • Plazmic Flame

      It’s definitely not pretty… you can see the jaggedness in videos on Youtube…

  • kroms

    hey ? I think I will grab my Computer screen and walk around the mall with it to my ear and see how that goes. LOL

    • eszklar

      I’m actually hoping that the Surface Pro 2 will have a cellular option. Or the next Lenovo ThinkPad Helix with Haswell. Because I would totally rock that.

  • trtr

    guys its call bluetooth, it only came out 15+ years ago, shocking i know.
    good job to r*tards who keep thinking putting the phone to your ears is the only way to use a phone.

    • Unorthodox

      Not the only way, but certainly most convenient.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Bluetooth is great and all but there needs to be a better solution. Wearing it all day isn’t comfortable, battery doesn’t last all day either. Then, people hearing you is most times an issue.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      The pendant type stereo ones are pretty good. You can clip them on so you talk directly into the mic. They also double as media headset and you can detach the buds and plug them directly into your device because they connect through a 3.5 jack. If you just want a voice headset there are higher quality ones like the Blue Parrott. Long Boom mics with 10 plus hours of talk time.

  • Mischa Price

    Your deffinatly right this is NOT the back to school phone of choice. because i would like to see anyone fit this in their pockets. It would probably to big for some girls purses too.

    • eszklar

      Cargo pants.

    • Mischa Price

      sadly cargo pants aren’t in style with the back to school crowd

    • eszklar

      Military cargo pants then.

  • NFLPLAYBOOK

    I use the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 as my phone so I would have to downgrade to the Megas 6.3″ display. I’m not sure the addition of LTE is worth giving up my screen size or pen input but I’m going to take a close look at it anyways. Bluetooth headsets work great with these giant phones.

    • Deli

      HUH? Note 8 has LTE support. They have the same 720p screen. But I agree with the bluetooth usage on these devices.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      I have the 3G international version with full phone support. It was the trade off. 3G with phone or LTE without phone.

    • eszklar

      “full phone support”. As in you can make calls with a dialer or do you have to use a VoIP app? I could never get a straight answer for this on gsmarena.

    • Plazmic Flame

      The international Note 8 has full call capabilities just like a smartphone, no VoIP software needed.

    • eszklar

      Awesome – glad you enjoy your Note 8. I wish Samsung had done this with 1080p, 32GB internal memory, better camera and include a flash. Maybe the next version. And yeah you should seriously walk and talk with your Note 8 to your head just for the reaction. Cheers.

      Edit: Not sure if you have a International Note 8 with cellular Plazmic Flame. Was trying to reply to NFLPLAYBOOK. But if you do – awesome.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      You would kill the battery if the screen resolution was any higher. I already have to turn down the brightness to make it last through a day. The nice thing is that it takes an sd card so storage isn’t a problem. Thanks I do enjoy it. The only thing I really miss is the LTE. NFC would have be cool too.

    • eszklar

      I’m going to test this (battery life) when the cellular version of the 2013 Nexus 7 finally comes to Canada. I carry chargers for my mobile gear when I’m out and about anyways but the new Nexus 7 does do Qi wireless charging. I suppose one could get two pads, one for home and the other for work and keep your device constantly charged/charging. Or a second wired power charger/USB cable.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      Inductive charging is a nice feature. I’m more interested in seeing if other tablets are released with full phone capabilities. I might have some hard decisions to make if they are released. Screen size differences, giving up the Notes pen features (awesome) and of course cellular types like LTE or 3G.

    • eszklar

      Canadian carriers will never allow a voice-capable tablet themselves as they restrict to data-only. I’m curious where you got your International Note 8. I myself need pentaband since I’m on Mobilicity (for now – who knows what will happen in the future). As to voice on a tablet – I can get by with VoIP myself but that may not be the case for everyone. In any case, if the Canadian cellular companies don’t want to provide voice-enabled tablets so be it. One can get these International tablets elsewhere at a slightly higher cost. Cellular carriers are in the end dumb pipes to me.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      I got lucky and found it online. I could only get one though. already have other people asking for it. Yeah AWS tablets are even rarer. At least the Note 2 works on it I think. Maybe the Mega will have the same pentaband chip. The 3G version was actually cheaper than the LTE version here.

    • eszklar

      Which is why I use a 2012 cellular Nexus and hopefully soon a 2013 cellular Nexus 7. No phone dialer per se, but I manage on VoIP. My GF uses an unlocked TMobile USA Note 2 on Mobilicity which does both GSM and LTE and I’m waiting for the GSM/LTE Xperia Z Ultra myself (although you can get the unlocked pentaband GSM Z Ultra from Negri Electronics in the US right now), Sony is releasing the GSM/LTE Ultra which Negri will have next month as well. I’m all for phablets as phones myself.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      I know a lot of these tablets are hard to get a hold of but you might want to look at the Huawei media pad. It might have AWS support and it is 3G and full phone support.

    • eszklar

      I’ll stick to Nexus for now. Next year I want to experiment with Ubuntu Touch.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      Yes full phone support in the 3G+ international version. Dialer and texting. No VoIP or other apps needed.

    • eszklar

      2nd reply – sorry for the duplicate: Awesome – glad you enjoy your Note 8. I wish Samsung had done this with 1080p, 32GB internal memory, better camera and include a flash. Maybe the next version. And yeah you should seriously walk and talk with your Note 8 to your head just for the reaction. Cheers.

    • Deli

      Ah I see!! Understood. trade it for a NA one! Although I do understand the benefits of having the int’l version.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      LTE is nice but the phone ability is more important. I only carry one device this way. If I can get the HK version or they fix the phone dialer in the N.A. version then I will switch. Until then I am happy.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Serious question, how do you carry that thing around when it’s not in use? I could understand if you work in a office and you’re at your desk 7 hours a day but if you have to walk around and stuff, doesn’t it become cumbersome?

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      Cargo pants and shorts. You would never even know I have it walking down the street. Paired with a voice activated Bluetooth you don’t even have to take it out. I’m waiting for the next couple of smartwatches to be released to see which one I like best. It’s also the best nav I have ever used.

    • eszklar

      Now we’re talking – smartwatches. Which one in particular you waiting for? Sony Smartwatch 2? Google? Samsung? Apple? Buddy of mine got an orange Pebble when backing the project on Kickstarter and I’m in the market as well. Question is which smartwatch manufacture will implement it best.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      The Sony Smartwatch 2 is leading right now. I want to see what Samsung is going to release. Hopefully we will see on September 4th. I looked at the Pebble but I want to be able to dial out numbers from the watch and it still can’t do it yet. I also like the colour screen on the Sony.

    • rtech

      You can get an LTE version of the Note 8 with full phone functionality. On EBay, search for model N5120.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      I just noticed your comment about your friend from HK. Now your statement makes more sense. I wish I could have gotten that version. Unfortunately I don’t have any close friends from there. That would have been really sweet if I could have gotten my hands on the HK SGN8 LTE version.

    • Deli

      However, HK LTE uses the 2600mhz, which is REALLY hard to pick up in Canada despite claims from Rogers and Bell.

    • NFLPLAYBOOK

      Yes I tried really hard to get it but was unable. I know it will work here but good luck in finding one. Rogers 2600 is up and running and they have a roaming agreement with HK. I’m not sure Bells 2600 is up and running yet. If it is it’s not that wide spread.

  • Unorthodox

    Sometimes, I think – Samsung folks are either mocking us, or they just have no clue about what’s appropriate.

    • southerndinner

      Tell that to the Note family. It was taken as such at launch but it’s been successful enough that HTC, LG and Sony are all stealing the idea and making similar [but inferior] phones.

    • alphs22

      Samsung’s strategy is to indiscriminately throw as many different types of products as possible and see what sells.

      Some of their product lines actually have focus (Galaxy S, Note), others not so much (Tab, Mega, Ace).

    • LouisR

      While they certainly have done it in the past (see: all the S1 and S2 variants) I’d say that this tendency has been toned down as of late:

      Galaxy S – flagship phone
      Note – flagship phablet and tablets
      Tab – mid range and entry level tablets
      Mega – mid range phablets
      Ace – entry level phones
      Rugby – rugged devices

      Could be worse.

  • eszklar

    Don’t care…waiting for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

  • Jesse Laurin

    If this phone had a quad processor, 13mp camera, and a 1080p screen I would be in heaven

  • Jake

    YES

  • Günter Schwarz

    I thought the Note 2 was just a step away from being too big. This is too big as a phone. What’s next, people walking around with phones with 8-10″ screens.

  • hunkyleepickle

    ha, Samsung should talk to the Canadian carriers before making a statement like ‘in the coming weeks’. How many times have i heard that one before, then 2-4 months later, no sign of said device. Still waiting on Rogers big Lumia 1020 launch, them being the big ‘exclusive’ Canadian partner for WP.