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Samsung launches Galaxy Mega smartphone

Samsung has launched the new Galaxy Mega smartphone handset range in 6.3-inch and 5.8-inch screen sizes.

The Android-powered smartphone features an HD touchscreen and 4G as well as a mix of smartphone and tablet features like split screen and multitasking between apps.

“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Business, Samsung Electronics.

“We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers’ varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning GALAXY series.”

The Galaxy Mega, the biggest smartphone range Samsung has created, run on the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, with dual core processor, up to 64GB of expandable memory and improved battery life.

It will be available in Europe and Russia from May.

The South Korean firm also announced a microchip deal with Edinburgh-based Wolfson Microelectronics.

The intellectual property (IP) licence and component supply agreement establishes Wolfson as a "primary Samsung audio partner".

“This is a significant milestone for Wolfson," Mike Hickey, CEO of Wolfson, said.

"Having worked closely with Samsung over recent years on their GALAXY range of tablets and smartphones, this agreement is a testament to our strong IP portfolio and our growing partnership, and we very much look forward to working closely together to continue to deliver exceptional audio in Samsung’s smartphones and tablets.”

Wolfson, which manufactures mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio technology, already supplies technology to Samsung for its Galaxy range of phones, including its Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1.

It is expected to be a major audio component supplier for new Samsung phones and tablets including the new Galaxy S4, which is due to be launched in the UK this month.

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