Samsung’s Galaxy Mega may have saved a man’s life in Taiwan earlier this week, according to report from Chinese blog Apple Daily. The 6.3-inch phablet managed to deflect a bullet aimed at the man’s chest, though it looks like the phone itself didn’t survive the shooting.
Details of the actual event are a little murky, but it sounds like the shooting took place between two strangers out in public one night. When one man dropped his wallet the Galaxy Mega owner picked it up before joking that he might steal the money. The first man apparently pulled out a pistol at that point and began shooting. One bullet found its way into the victim’s left arm without causing too much damage, while the second one hit the smartphone resting in his chest pocket. The shooter has since been arrested.
The Galaxy Mega itself looks pretty busted, though it’s possible Samsung will swoop in to offer a replacement in exchange for some good attention in the press. The company is also expected to announce a follow-up Galaxy Mega 2 this year, though the device may only offer a 5.9-inch screen. It’s unclear if the Mega 6.3’s extra screen space was what saved this man’s life, but it’s probably the best argument for owning a phablet we’ve heard so far.