Samsung launches the 5-inch Galaxy Grand smartphone/tablet hybrid

Samsung Galaxy Grand FrontSamsung has launched a new addition to its range of big-screen smartphones named the Galaxy Grand. It’s a little larger than the Galaxy S3 and a little smaller than the Galaxy Note 2, as it has a screen which measures 5-inches, however its resolution is lower than both at 480 x 800 pixels.

The processor inside the Galaxy Grand is a 1.2GHz dual-core chip and it’s assisted by 1GB of RAM. Again, this doesn’t quite match the quad-core chips found in the S3 and Note 2, but it’s still powerful enough to give the Grand a decent turn of speed. The internal storage memory of 8GB can be increased with the use of a microSD card too.

An 8 megapixel camera sits on the phone’s rear panel and there is a 2 megapixel video call lens above the screen, plus the Galaxy Grand has Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 2100mAh battery too. The Galaxy Grand uses Google Android as its operating system, and the good news is that Samsung has given it 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the very latest version of the OS. Naturally, its TouchWiz user interface sits over the top, but it does bring with it several cool software features including S Voice, Popup Video and Smart Alert.

Samsung will release both a standard single-SIM version of the Galaxy Grand along with a dual-SIM version too, indicating the device will be available in some of the important growing international markets where this feature is particularly popular. No price for the Grand has been announced, although we’re expecting it to be quite reasonable given the specification. We’re also waiting to hear the release date for the phone, and could learn more during CES 2013 in January.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars