Samsung has made a stronghold in every aspect of modern electronics, and this is especially seen in the mobile phone segment, both in the high price and low price groups. On the high end side, we have the monstrous Samsung Galaxy Note II, coming with all of Samsung’s latest bells and whistles. On the lower-end, we have the Samsung Galaxy Y, which gives the users an Android experience at a laughably low level.
When Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note I last year, many people were shocked by the huge number of units it managed to ship. But one thing was conclusive from all these sales; that people love phones with big screens (also known as phablets)
Since then, we have seen many phablets which include the Samsung Galaxy Note, Lg Optimus Vu, Dell Streak 5, etc. But most of these were quite expensive at time of launch. Hence Samsung has come out with a new budget phablet, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Grand.
Sasmung Galaxy Grand Specs
The main feature which defines a phablet is the screen size. As of now, we consider anything with a screen size of 5 inches or more a phablet.
Samsung Galaxy Grand has a 5 inch display, giving it entrance into the phablet category, but the rest of the specs do not live up to the phablet standard.
- 5 inch TFT Display with 480×800 resolution
- 1.2 Ghz Dual Core Processor
- 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB internal memory, expandable upto 64 GB
- 8 MP Camera, capable of 1080p video capture
- Android 4.1.2
- Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wifi, etc
As you can see, the specs are not as high as we are used to on modern phablets. This is not saying that they are bad. In fact, they are along the lines of the Samsung Galaxy SII, , but what sucks about the Samsung Galaxy Grand is the screen resolution. At 5 inches, a resolution of 480×800 is pretty low, and pixels can be discerned. Not greatly, but to any tech buff, they will be noticeable.
Apart from the paltry resolution, we are happy with the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Grand, and think the specs are perfect for a budget phablet/smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Grand Price
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Price has not yet been officially announced, but expect that it will be priced at around $399 unlocked, and for $100 on 3 year contract with all major carriers. We will keep you update with anything new which we find out.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Release Date
The Samsung Galaxy Grand with be released withing Q1 of 2013. There is also rumors of a Samsung Galaxy S4 coming up (more on this soon), and we expect that the Galaxy Grand will be available before that.
Will the Samsung Galaxy Grand be worth it? We think so. It gives you the benefits of having a phablet (due to a larger screen, you get more estate for playing games, watching movies, viewing images etc.) without breaking the bank. Yes, the screen resolution could have been better, but then again, Samsung had to make some compromises.
Are you interested in buying the Samsung Galaxy Grand, or would you rather spend your cash on the decked out Samsung Galaxy Note II? Leave your comments in the comment section below.