Samsung's New Galaxy Grand Doesn't Quite Live Up To Its Name

Samsung's latest addition to its Galaxy line-up — the Grand — has just been announced. Sadly, it's not clear that it entirely lives up to its name.

That does, of course, depend on how you interpret its monicker. If the word Grand makes you think of all things large, then you won't be disappointed: this phone has a 5-inch screen and weighs an ounce more than the Galaxy S.

Sadly the specs don't quite live up to its premium-sounding name. That screen, despite being five inches on the diagonal, only sports a pixel count of 800 x 480. Elsewhere, there's a so-so 1.2GHz dual-core processor to keep things chugging along, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, 8GB of internal storage, a dual-SIM option, HSPA+, Bluetooth, DLNA and Wi-Fi. In terms of features, it'll come running Android 4.1.2 and be equipped with Sammy's software which enables two apps to run on the screen at the same time.

It's not that any of this is bad as such — the problem is the handset just doesn't quite warrant being referred to as Grand. No doubt the phone will get a more thorough inspection at CES, but in the meantime it's probably not worth getting terribly excited about. [Samsung]


Comments

    Ok.. So it's not the sg4... Less specs than the sg3... What voids this for?

    Sounds like a cheap Note alternative.

    Clever, think about how many low-spec big-screen TVs are sold. Sure it's not that "Grand" from us geeks' perspective but I'm sure the price will reflect that.

    Last edited 19/12/12 11:08 am

    A dual sim smartphone from a known brand!?!?! Praise the lord!

    It's a dual sim 5 inch phone to compete with the plethora of 5 inch "smartphones" (and i use that term very losely) that one can buy on ebay and various chinese wholesale sites (dhgate, aliexpress, etc)

    Comparing it to flagships is just wrong. This is a totally different product, and there is no such thing as a 720p dual-sim phone currently available. (except from chinese brands such as "Star" and "Hero")

    If Gizmodo wants to review a 720p toting dual sim smartphone, then review:
    http://www.dracotek.com/4-7-hd-1280-720-720p-touchscreen-smartphone-android-4-0-1ghz-dual-core-with-1gb-ram-dual-sim-8mp-camera-b92m.html
    or
    http://www.dracotek.com/hero-h9000-4-5-inch-clearview-super-hd-720-1280-720p-android-4-0-phone-3g-dual-sim-1ghz-cpu-wifi-gps.html

    Dual SIM phones sell like hotcakes in Asia (india and china particularly) and Africa so the price must be low and as such there is a trade off in feature set. First world markets like US, UK, Europe, and Australia have a very-weak to non-existent market for these phones.

    Last edited 19/12/12 12:11 pm

    You just gloss over the fact that this thing is DUAL SIM?!?!

    That's the entire point of this phone judging by the specs.

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