Samsung has been well established in the Android sphere and anything the company launches has its own unique touch to it. Which is what makes it stand out against the competition (despite replicating the same design in every new smartphone). And the company has just announced a new smartphone today in the form of the Galaxy Grand. This one as the name suggests, is indeed big but we’re not sure if grandeur can be associated with the device. More on that later. Before we get on with the hardware specs of the device, we must point out that this looks strikingly similar to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. We’re not sure why Samsung insists on having most of its high end devices look alike and the company certainly needs to clarify.
Now for the specs of the smartphone. The Galaxy Grand packs a large 5-inch WVGA (480×800) display which gives it a rather low pixel density of 185 ppi. It’s not all that bad though since it’s not a high end device. However, we’ve already seen the likes of the HTC Sensation XL failing due to the large display (4.7-inches WVGA in that case) and poor pixel density. But given the kind of market presence Samsung has, it should do alright in the market. That’s probably the only downside of the device as the rest of the hardware is pretty much up there in the mid-range tier. The Galaxy Grand comes with an 8MP snapper on the back accompanied by a 2MP front facing camera. There’s a 1.2 GHz dual core processor on board, although the chipset hasn’t been specified. The device also has a decent 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot (up to 64GB). As there aren’t many pixels to crunch and no power hungry CPU on board, Samsung has decided to go with a more than decent 2,100 mAh battery pack for the Galaxy Grand. The device will run Android 4.1.2 out of the box, with an update for Android 4.2 on the horizon (we’re hoping). The device also comes in a dual SIM (GT-I9082) version as well as the normal single SIM variant which goes by the GT-I9080 model number.
Given the timing of the launch, we presume Samsung would like to take the wraps off the device at CES early next month. Samsung has been pretty quiet about the pricing and the availability of the device, which we hope should be cleared out in the coming days. It’s strange that Samsung is stepping into a third category of smartphones after 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. In the end, it will be the customers who decide the fate of the device. So it’s not right for us to be judgmental just yet.