Samsung takes us back to the future

The Samsung Galaxy Mega will be one of the biggest smartphones available when it´s released later this year.

It's amazing how things roll in and out of fashion only to be resurrected again in the future.

About 10 years ago, mobile phone companies were obsessed with making our portable phones as small as possible to move away from the brick-like handsets we had been lugging around. We know you probably loved your old Nokia 5110, but if you look back - unless your posture is too messed up as a result of carrying it - it is quite remarkable how far we've come.

Now Samsung is going against the grain by releasing the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega, which dwarves every other smartphone on the market and even a fair few of the chunky monkeys, without the bulk, from yesteryear.

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It might sound a bit odd at first, but it's not really. Given the rise of smartphones, we are accustomed to using our phones for much more now, whether that's messing around on Facebook, watching stuff on Netflix or surveying your amateur photography skills.

Meanwhile, tablets have become the ultra-fashionable accessory to adorn any living room, acting as a hub of entertainment covering music, games, films and general time wasting.

With that in mind it is only natural that the recent trend for 'phablets' has emerged, combining the functionality of a smartphone into a package nearer the size of a tablet. After all, why in theory would we want to have one of each device when we can have the best of both worlds?

Enter the Galaxy Mega. The phone, which could be ideal for smartphone owners who watch a lot of films, has a HD screen - although the exact resolution is yet to be confirmed - and 4G.

The handset runs on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, allowing it to make use of features from the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy S4 such as Group Play, which lets users link it together with up to eight Galaxy devices on a single Wi-Fi network.

Mega owners will also be able to play around with the S Translator, which translates anything you say or type into different languages.

For all the artsy ones among you, the 8-megapixel camera allows Mega owners to experiment with a variety of different ways to take shots. The Galaxy Mega also features a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.

In-keeping with the idea of wrapping more gadgets into one nice neat bundle, the super-sized smartphone also features the same infared technology that will be on the S4 to allow users to take control of their TVs, which happily gives us one less thing to lose around the living room.

Despite the increased size of the Mega, Samsung insists that its 199g weight means it is still an easy device to carry around and use with one hand.

But just in case taking phone beyond the 6-inch barrier is too much for buyers, Samsung is also releasing a slightly more conservative 5.8-inch alternative.

The larger Mega is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, while the slightly smaller model uses a 1.4GHz one. They come with either 8GB or 16GB of storage, which is plenty of room for all your favourite films and a fair few guilty pleasures.

The 6.3-inch version is set to be released in the UK in May, with prices yet to be confirmed.