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Samsung reveals Galaxy Grand smartphone with Android Jelly Bean

18 Dec 2012
Samsung Galaxy Grand Android Jelly Bean smartphone

Samsung has announced an upcoming handset dubbed the Galaxy Grand which will run Android Jelly Bean and sport a 5in display but the rest of the specifications suggest it will likely be a low-end device.

Disclosed on Samsung's official global blog, the Galaxy Grand is set to be available in a dual-SIM version that will allow users to manage two separate phone numbers on a single device.

Indications the Galaxy Grand may be more of a value device include its 1.2GHz dual-core processor in place of a faster chip, plus the display which has a WVGA resolution of 800x480 pixels, compared with the 720x1,280 seen in the Galaxy Note 2.

Meanwhile, rumours persist that Samsung may be soon to launch a Galaxy S4, the successor to the immensely popular Galaxy S3, sometime in the next few months.

The Galaxy Grand, which runs Android 4.1.2, is a HSPA+ design with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, with 1GB Ram and 8GB flash storage, expandable via microSD to 64GB.

It also sports an 8MP camera, which Samsung claims has zero shutter-lag and features an illumination sensor to ensure clear shots even in dark conditions.

As well as Samsung's S Voice app, the Galaxy Grand has a Direct Call feature that automatically dials a call when you raise the handset to your ear, and Popup Video, which lets users watch video in a pop-up window while running other tasks on the screen.

The Galaxy Grand is set to be available in a dual-SIM version (GT-I9082), set to launch first, while the more conventional single-SIM GT-I9080 will come later.

However, Samsung has not indicated pricing or an exact launch date or which territories the Galaxy Grand will be available in. The firm had not responded to request from V3 or further information at the time of writing.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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