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Smartphone is nearly tablet-size

NEW YORK — Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung, the Galaxy Mega, has a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally — nearly as big as a 7-inch tablet computer.

The difference: It makes phone calls.

Samsung Electronics Co. says the Mega combines the portability of a smartphone with the immersive experience a tablet offers. Phones of this size are called phablets.

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Samsung is known for big phones. Its flagship Galaxy S4 is 5 inches, while Apple Inc.’s iPhone 5 is 4 inches.

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The Mega includes many features available in other Galaxy phones, including Multi Window, which allows multitasking in a split screen, and Easy Mode, which reduces the number of features.

AT&T Inc. will start selling the Mega on Friday for $150 with a two-year service contract. The Mega is also coming to Sprint and US Cellular.

Associated Press