Spotting a whopping 5 inches of a WVGA display, the Galaxy Grand is Samsung’s latest assault on the 5 inch device division. With the first generation Galaxy Note, its younger (and larger) sibling, the Galaxy Note II and of course the bestselling smartphone of 2012, the Galaxy S III, it looks like anything below 4.8 inches is now becoming an absolute joke.
On the hardware side, the Galaxy Grand has a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 2100mAh battery to take care of the heavy power demands. To cap it is an 8 megapixel rear camera that supports recording of 1080p video. The front is graced by a 2 megapixel shooter (an upgrade over the 1.9 MP cameras found in Samsung’s 2012 top devices). Storage wise you get 8 GB on the internal with an option to expend the storage via the microSD slot. All wireless options are as expected but for my friends from the West who love LTE support, sorry it is not here. For the rest of us, HSPA+ is enough and it is well supported (okay which device worth its salt doesn’t support HSPA+?). There’s no talk of NFC (I am a big lover of S-Beam on the Note II) so I’m not sure whether this is supported. I’ll update as soon as I get the relevant info.
It is too early to say what the hardware can and cannot do since this is only an announcement but going by experience as a user, you can expect the best. From my experience with the Galaxy Tab line of tablets, the 1.2 GHz dual core chip can withstand all the straining of the power users and their high demands. It may not be a quad core like the Note II or the S III but expect it to be the silent performer. The manufacturer touts the camera to be having zero shutter lag and very fast start up times.
Software wise, the Galaxy Grand will run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Samsung has been pushing 4.1.2 as an update to the S III and the Note II in the last few days) of course laced with TouchWiz. In addition it will have the features that have come to be Samsung’s identity on mobile devices lately i.e Direct Call, Popup Play, All Share Cast, S Voice, Smart Alert, Multi-window mode and the various Samsung Hubs (Social, Games et al).
The device measures 143.5mm by 76.9mm by 9.6mm.
The Galaxy Grand will be available in two versions: the GT-I9080 and the GT-I9082. The latter will be a dual SIM model while the former will be a single SIM model. As is normally the case, the single SIM model is the one that will launch first while those who love having multiple SIM cards will have to wait a little longer for the device to be available. The dual SIM model is expected to have the capability to allow the user to receive a call on one line while at the same time receiving another using the second line. How this works is something worth a wait and see.
Pricing and availability is yet to be disclosed but all indicators point to an early 2013 launch; probably at CES. Till then just know that something big is out and for all intents and purposes, it is a pointer at how exciting 2013 will be.
Here’s a quick recap of the specs:
- 1.2 GHz dual core processor
- 5.0″ WVGA display
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB internal memory
- Expandable microSD slot (upto 64 GB)
- 8 MP rear camera. 2 MP HD front camera.
- Android 4.1.2 (with TouchWiz)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Standard 2100 mAh Li-ion battery
PHOTO courtesy of Samsung Tomorrow