Say hello to the next Samsung Galaxy handset, the Grand

With CES fast approaching, rumours of the Samsung Galaxy S IV being revealed and a reshape of the Samsung brand are rife. But what can we really expect to see at the show that starts on January 8th? We can be pretty sure this next one will be on show, the latest in a long line of Galaxy branded smartphones, the Galaxy Grand.

So what do we know about the phone? Well for a start, Samsung say this is “an ideal smartphone for users with fast-paced mobile lifestyles who demand more from their phone.” But can it deliver? Well, let’s look at the specs and decide.

  • 1.2GHz Dual Core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean)
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera
  • WiFi, WiFi HT40, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, DLNA, A-GPS Glonass
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 76.9mm x 143.5mm x 9.6mm, weight 162g

Depending on your region, it’s not too far off the spec of the Galaxy S III, so what makes it Grand? The 5.0” screen and the Dual SIM version might go a long way to helping. It will be possible to take calls on both SIMs simultaneously, which according to Samsung will ensure “efficient management of personal and work commitments without ever missing a call.

Features such as Direct Call, Smart Alert, Popup Video, S Voice and AllShare Play are all included out of the box. Samsung Hubs is preloaded for immediate access to the most popular games and media content direct to the user on demand.

So where will the Grand fit into Samsung’s master plan? It’s likely that the Galaxy S range will be update, providing a premium handset at a premium cost and the Grand be the device to give Galaxy like features and specs on a budget.

There has been no word on pricing or availability, but we’re sure things will become clear before or during CES.

Source and Images: Samsung Tomorrow

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sanctified said,
Strange specs. The ONE X and the Galaxy SIII are quad core. Why use a dual core?

Maybe because this will be a much cheaper phone compared to the S3 and OneX just look at the resolution! Screen size is very strange though for the res

XMac said,
So it's a cross between a Galaxy Note 2 and an S3, with a crap screen res.

I just noticed that, WVGA on a 5" display? That must be a mistake or that thing is fail

Compared to whats out at the moment, and this is the 'next' samsung phone.. Theres really not much of an upgrade to any specs?

SteveMackinnon said,
Smartphones are getting too big IMO.

wait til they release the rumored galaxy note III. which might have a 6.3" screen
or the iPhone 9 which will (finally) have a 4.5" screen (had to add and apple crack)

Pretty much everything Samsung's released this year has been based on the S3 design. From the note, to the S3 mini, to this. Their designs are really starting to get bland IMO.

this device is appealing, but i'm a Windows Phone user, can anyone tell me if Jelly Bean (with touchwiz) would run lag-free on the dual core 1.2ghz processor?

FalseAgent said,
this device is appealing, but i'm a Windows Phone user, can anyone tell me if Jelly Bean (with touchwiz) would run lag-free on the dual core 1.2ghz processor?

It ran lag free with any 1.2Ghz non Jelly Bean phone, so of course yes!

HoochieMamma said,

It ran lag free with any 1.2Ghz non Jelly Bean phone, so of course yes!

Not true. I had a Galaxy S3 (quadcore version) before i got a Lumia 920. And i upgraded from Android 4.0 to 4.1 and the UI lagged on both. It's not much, but small lags still do happen quite often on Android. Even the lock screen will lag when you swipe and it fades out.

If you want to see a UI that REALLY does run smooth, then try WP8.

Android 4.1/4.2 is a great improvement from earlier versions. Project butter really has shown its effect. Whether or not it'll be as smooth on a skinned version, I don't know, since I've yet to try an Android with 4.1 and a skin on top.

I still would go for WP, but Android is not a bad option, if you go for something that's running a recent version (and it would be best to go for the nexus line of devices).

1Pixel said,

Not true. I had a Galaxy S3 (quadcore version) before i got a Lumia 920. And i upgraded from Android 4.0 to 4.1 and the UI lagged on both. It's not much, but small lags still do happen quite often on Android. Even the lock screen will lag when you swipe and it fades out.

If you want to see a UI that REALLY does run smooth, then try WP8.

Never seen any lag with the quad core version at all, can you provide any SPECIFIC parts of the UI that did this? I only noticed smooth as silk when I played with the quad core version.

I'm sick of people saying android is laggy, its lagging on a $50 Chinese tablet not any decent phone.