Samsung has announced the Galaxy Grand 2, its latest smartphone with a massive screen, this time measuring 5.25-inches. That’s just a touch larger than the Galaxy S4, but slightly smaller than the Galaxy Note 3. If that sounds like a familiar strategy, it’s because Samsung employed the same tactic with the original Galaxy Grand.
The Galaxy Grand 2′s screen has a higher resolution than its predecessor at 1280 x 720 pixels, making it 720p, and the processor has four cores running at 1.2GHz. There’s also a healthy 1.5GB of RAM, plus 8GB of storage space, with a microSD card slot to bump this up by a huge 64GB. That’s a strong mid-range spec sheet, which should help keep the price down below that of the expensive Galaxy S4.
So what else has the Galaxy Grand 2 got to offer? There’s an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.9-megapixel video call camera, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and a strong 2600mAh battery. The phone’s heavy at 163 grams though.
Samsung has chosen to install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the Grand 2, which brings it tantalizingly close to being completely up to date, but the good news is this should make it work with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Along with Android 4.3 comes Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, which has various apps seen on other Galaxy phones, including S Translator, Sound & Shot, along with plenty of camera bonuses.
Samsung hasn’t confirmed when the Galaxy Grand 2 will be going on sale, nor where it will launch.