Samsung has unveiled a new large-screen smartphone in the shape of the Galaxy Grand 2, which features a higher resolution screen and a more powerful processor than its predecessor. It also offers an optimal large-screen experience on a portable, compact smartphone, the firm said.
With its 5.25in touchscreen, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is on the large size for a smartphone, almost in "phablet" territory, and measures in at 146.8x75.3x8.9mm with a weight of 163g. This is identical to the recently launched Galaxy Note 3.
The new device boasts an improved 1280x720 resolution over the original Galaxy Grand, which was announced almost a year ago, but this still falls short of the full HD resolution that many other smartphones enjoy. Nevertheless, Samsung touts it as perfect for watching movies, playing games and e-reading.
Its processor has also been upgraded to a quad-core 1.2GHz chip, backed by 1.5GB memory and 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded by adding micro SD cards up to 64GB. The operating system is also an upgrade, but to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean rather than the latest 4.4 KitKat release.
Like its predecessor, the Grand 2 is an HSPA+ handset with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, plus 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front-facing camera.
It also retains the dual-SIM capability of the original Grand, which enables the user to maintain a better work-life balance with separate work and personal SIMs, or to switch between networks. Its 2,600mAh battery is claimed to offer up to 10 hours of playback and 17 hours of calls.
Software tools on the Grand 2 include Story Album, which lets users Organise pictures by timeline, the S Translator service that provides instant translations at any time, plus Samsung's Hub and Samsung Link support that connects up multiple devices so users can access photos, music, videos and documents from various locations.
Samsung confirmed that the Grand 2 will be available in the UK, but details on pricing and availability have not been disclosed yet.
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