Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday December 18, 2012.
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Samsung already has a smartphone with a 4.8-inch screen and another with a 5.5-inch screen. What's missing? A phone with a 5-inch screen, of course. Samsung today announced that it has decided to fill the product gap for a phone with a display larger than the Galaxy S III but not as gargantuan as the Galaxy Note II.
The new Samsung Galaxy Grand features a 5-inch TFT LCD display with a WVGA resolution. The phone has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 2,100 mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 64GB. It measures 143.5mm x 76.9mm x 9.6mm (5.65in x 3.03in x 0.38in) and weighs 162g (5.71oz). An 8 megapixel camera with LED flash is mounted on the rear of the device, and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera is included for self-portraits or video chat.
The Galaxy Grand runs a custom version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung's Touchwiz UX included. It includes Galaxy-specific features like Multi Window to have a split screen of multiple apps, Direct Call to automatically dial someone by raising the phone to an ear, Popup Video to text and watch a video simultaneously, and AllShare Play to share video and music across devices.
The phone includes single and Dual SIM options, though the Dual SIM variant will not be available as quickly. Samsung has not yet disclosed how much the Galaxy Grand will costs or where the HSPA+ phone will be available.source: Samsung
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