Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on April 11, 2013

If you put the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 side-by-side, is there a clear winner? Is the 6.3-inch display on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 an improvement over the Galaxy Mega 5.8? Is the Galaxy Mega 6.3’s storage capacity impressive? What about weight? Are these two Galaxies too heavy? Find out which phone is the best below.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 VS Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
Display 6.3-inch LCD 5.8-inch LCD
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(233.175 PPI)
540 x 960 pixels
(189.828 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz dual core Samsung Exynos 5250 1.4GHz dual core
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2
Storage 8 or 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, continuous shot, HDR and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, continuous shot, HDR and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP Yes, 1.9MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 88.0 x 167.6 x 8.0mm 82.4 x 162.6 x 9.0mm
Weight 199g 182g
Talktime TBC TBC
Standby TBC TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Air View, Multi Window, S Travel and S Voice Dual SIM, GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Multi Window, S Travel and S Voice

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Connectivity

The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA chipset, along with NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also gets a speed boost with 4G connectivity. That’s all the boxes ticked. The Galaxy Mega 5.8, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G isn’t included, however.
— The Galaxy Mega 6.3 wins (1-0)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Size/Weight

Size-wise, the round plays out like this. Both phones are big, obviously. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is slightly fatter than the Galaxy Mega 6.3 with dimensions of 9.0mm versus 8.0mm. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is broader, measuring 88.0mm to the Galaxy Mega 5.8′s 82.4mm. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 also carries more weight than the Galaxy Mega 5.8. Compare the two and Samsung’s phone is 199g and Galaxy Mega 5.8′s’ handset is 182g. The Galaxy Mega 5.8 has fallen behind already. But there are still eight rounds to go.
— The Galaxy Mega 6.3 wins (2-0)

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Camera/Video

First, let’s examine the Galaxy Mega 6.3, which packs an 8.0 Megapixel camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with extras that include: autofocus, an LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, continuous shot, HDR and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 1.9MP camera on the front.

The Galaxy Mega 5.8′s 8.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, continuous shot, HDR and 1080p video recording) equals the one in the Galaxy Mega 6.3. An identical 1.9 Megapixel camera is located on the front.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-1)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Display

Here’s where the big difference lies. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 boasts a touch-sensitive LCD display, measuring 6.3 inches and delivering a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Packing 921600 pixels into this 6.3-inch screen results in far from fancy pixel density of 233.175 pixels per inch (PPI).

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a 6.3-inch LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 233.175.

Measuring 5.8 inches in comparison, the Galaxy Mega 5.8′s touch-sensitive LCD screen is not significantly smaller. Its 540 x 960 pixel resolution is no match for the Galaxy Mega 6.3′s 720 x 1280 pixel display, however. In comparison, there are 518400 pixels onscreen, giving the Galaxy Mega 5.8 a woefully low-end pixel density of 189.828 pixels per inch.
— The Galaxy Mega 6.3 wins (4-1)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Processor

As for the speediest CPU, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 uses a 1.7GHz dual core Samsung Exynos 5250 chip, while the Galaxy Mega 5.8 uses a dual core processor, rated at 1.4GHz.
— The Galaxy Mega 6.3 wins (5-1)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

After five rounds, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 leads by 5-1. With the the second half about to start, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 has it all to do as we approach round #6…

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.2.2 vs. Android 4.2.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-2)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means that the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is still leading in this fight. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 already has this battle won.
— The two phones share the points (7-3)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Storage

And storage? Glad you asked. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is available in configurations that boast 8 or 16GB of built-in storage. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes in a single 8GB model. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall max capacity to 80GB. While the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Galaxy Mega 5.8 bumps up the capacity to 72GB.
— The Galaxy Mega 6.3 wins (8-3)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 and the Galaxy Mega 5.8 share the points (9-4)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Air View, Multi Window, S Travel and S Voice. In comparison, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 is packed with Dual SIM, GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, Multi Window, S Travel and S Voice.
— It’s a tie, one point each (10-5)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 wins! (10-5)

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Comparable

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