KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung announced the Galaxy Grand smartphone today, which essentially is a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
The smartphone, which looks nearly identical to its top-end sibling, features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Samsung has furnished the device with its usual set of software features, including multi-window multitasking mode, Smart Alert and Pop Up Play, which lets users watch videos in a pop-up window while running other apps.
While this all sounds well and good, we're not too impressed with the handset's screen. Measuring 5in, the display features a mere 480x800 WVGA resolution, which pales in comparison to the Galaxy Note 2 720x1280 screen.
Still, it picks up from there. The 9.6mm thick device - which will also be available in a dual-SIM model - also boasts an 8MP rear-facing camera with HD 1080p video, a 2MP front-facing camera, 8GB of internal storage expandable to 64GB via microSD card, a 2,100mAh battery and support for HSPA+ and WiFi connectivity. Unfortunately though, it doesn't look like the device will support 4G LTE in the UK.
There's no word on the handset's pricing and availability yet, and Samsung was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. µ
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