Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs Galaxy Note 3 – Ultimate Samsung phablet showdown
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 was announced with along with the noticeably smaller Galaxy Mega 5.8 on April 2013 while the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was launched at the IFA show this past September in Berlin.
While the Galaxy Note has been the large screen flagbearer for Samsung these past few years, the Galaxy Mega variants were introduced at a much lower cost to appeal to those who found the Note series to be too premium. Let’s take a look at both the 6.3 and the Note III in this side by side comparison, to find out which is the ultimate Samsung phablet of 2013.
Look and feel
As the name tends to imply, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is an Android Jelly Bean smartphone that comes with a 6.3-inch display, which makes it even larger than the screen of the Galaxy Note II. The larger display is also capable of better image quality than the Note 2 with 720x1080p resolution on a PLS capacitive touchscreen, and with dimensions measuring 167.6 x 88 x 7.9 is possibly the largest and thickest phablet Samsung has produced. However the cheap plastic-y finish of the body is reminiscent of pretty much every new Samsung smartphone or tablet, but somehow manages to feel even less firm and solid than usual, despite weighing nearly 200 grams.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the third generation of Samsung’s popular phablet line, was expected to be the first phone to feature the company’s unbreakable, flexible plastic display technology and come with a thickness of less than 8mm. The Galaxy Note 3 has a larger screen than its predecessors, a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1080x1920p resolution in 16M colors.
The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is powered by a 1.7GHz dual core processor, an industry standard 8-megapixel camera, 1.5GB of RAM and a choice of 8 or 16GB of internal storage that also can be expandable via a microSD slot. It comes with Android 4.1 out of the box, but it is uncertain if the Mega 6.3 is prioritised enough by Samsung to get a Android 4.3 update
This is easily outdistanced by the LTE version of the Galaxy Note 3, with either a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400, or dual quad-core processors that make it ‘octa-core’- Quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 lower-performance chip included. The Samsung phablet comes with 3GB of RAM and a choice of either 16GB or 32GB, with microSD slot for another 32GB expandable storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 possesses an 8-megapixel rear camera, with a maximum display resolution of 3264×2448, with LED flash and 720p video recording and playback. Along with the now-standard Samsung Smart Camera modes is a 1.9MP front-facing camera.
By contrast, the the Note III has a 13-megapixel rear shooter, with a max display resolution of 4128×3096. It also records video with resolution of 2160p at 30frames-per-second, while in LTE mode can capture Full HD video at 1080p resolutionn at 60fps. You can also perform simultaneous 1080p HD image capture and video recording and a range of HDR modes.
Comparison – Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs Galaxy Note 3
The table below highlights the different specs of Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.