KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone on Monday, as a cheap alternative to the Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung's Galaxy Grand 2 improves on its predecessor's screen with a higher resolution 5.25in 1280x720 resolution HD 720p display, compared to the original's 5in 800x480 resolution panel. The phone's processor has also been bumped from dual-core to quad-core, and the Galaxy Grand 2 handset has 1.5GB of RAM, compared to the 1GB found in the original Galaxy Grand.
Samsung said, "Samsung today introduced the Galaxy Grand 2, a device that offers an optimal large-screen experience on a portable, compact smartphone.
"This evolution of the Galaxy Grand series brings meaningful upgrades to its predecessor including an improved HD viewing experience, enhanced performance, and many other intuitive features."
The Galaxy Grand 2 arrives running Google's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, and there's no word on an upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat yet.
However, thanks to Samsung's Touchwiz user interface, Google's mobile operating system is barely recognisable, and it also loads the device full of custom applications. These include S Translator, S Travel, Samsung Hub and Group Play, and Samsung's split-screen multitasking mode. While this also features on the Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone does not come with an included stylus.
Other specifications include dual 8MP and 1.9MP HD cameras, 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi connectivity, and a 2,600mAh battery that Samsung claims offers 17 hours of talk time.
There's no word on UK availability or pricing yet, but Samsung has said that the Galaxy Grand 2 handset will be available in black, white and pink variations. µ