Samsung has announced the release of new Galaxy Mega 2 smartphone in the US through AT&T on Friday. The plus-sized smartphone was first revealed in August as it went on sale in Malaysia and Thailand.
The smartphone will be offered at an affordable price of $149.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T or $475 without contract from Oct. 24. The Mega 2 features a 6-inch 720p display, powered by a 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor with 1.5GB RAM. The device includes a 8MP primary camera, a 2800mAh battery and Android Kitkat. Samsung has offered a mid-range phablet with the main focus on the large display as the name ‘Mega’ is attributed for its large size.
The Galaxy Mega 2 includes several customizations like TouchWiz UI, Ultra Power Saving Mode and Private mode. the budget smartphone carries the faux-leather back panel as seen in Galaxy Note 3. The smartphone will have to face competition with phones like Sharp Aquos Crystal which is also offered for $150 under contract with similar specifications of the Mega 2.
Consumers can receive a $100 credit if they register for AT&T’s Next plan that allows installment for buying the next phone. With a monthly installment of $19.80 consumers can buy a smartphone in the Next 18 plan. Samsung has timed the release of the Mega 2 with the iPhone 6 that has been involved in a range of controversies. Though the smartphone does not offer high-end specifications the price and size and attract a range of customers.
Samsung hopes to tap into the market where consumers are more attracted to large screen smartphones for gaming and watching videos on-the-go. AT&T is also offering Amazon Fire smartphone exclusively in the recent days. Galaxy Note 4 is also set to be released in the coming days in the US via AT&T.