Samsung Galaxy Grand revealed

Another Galaxy handset with a large screen
Adam Smith

December 18, 2012

Samsung has taken the wraps off a new smartphone in its Galaxy range, the Grand, which will be available in a dual-sim version.

The Galaxy Grand will have a 5 inch display and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with an 8 megapixel rear camera, and 2 megapixel HD front-facer. Naturally enough, it will run Android Jelly Bean.

The camera will have an “ultra-quick” start-up process, zero shutter lag, and it will benefit from backside illumination, and of course full HD video recording.

1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage will be on board, but the latter will be expandable via a microSD slot.

Wi-Fi, bluetooth 4.0, and 3G (HSPA+ 21) will be supported, and the usual GPS, accelerometer and gyro features will be on board the phone, too.

The Galaxy Grand will also use some of the software seen on the popular S III, such as Direct Call, which dials a call automatically as you lift the phone to your ear. And there’s also S Voice, Samsung’s answer to Siri.

One novel feature is that the Grand will be pushed out in two versions, the standard phone and a dual-sim model which can, as the name suggests, carry two sim cards so you can hot-switch between them as and when necessary.

It’s not exactly a spec that’ll have your jaw hitting the ground, but we expect the price will be pretty competitive. Mind you, on the budget front Samsung have already pushed out the Mini version of the S III.

We’ll have to wait for word on pricing, and there’s nothing on the release date yet either, but we should hear about it soon enough.


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