Samsung has officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Grand device, but with no Baffin code in it. It’s the combination of the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note, and has the screen size of 5 inches, and there is a 1.2GHz Dual Core processor instead of what was overhyped and leaked as a Quad-core Exynos chipset.
The Galaxy Grand is measured at 143.5 mm x 76.9 mm x 9.6 mm and the phone would weigh 162gm, thanks to the large screen. The rear camera would be an 8 megapixel one assisted with flash, while there is even a front camera with the 2 megapixel image capture. The Grand will have Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS and there’s 1GB of RAM supporting the Dual-core processor. The connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and the various sensors that are included, are Accelerometer, Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor and Gyro Sensor.
The battery is a Li-ion one, with a capacity of 2100 mAh, which we feel could be quite less for a 5 inch WVGA TFT LCD screen but we can find that only after a hands-on is done. Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Grand in two versions – The Dual SIM version (GT-I9082) will launch first and the single SIM version (GT-I9080) will follow, and the Dual SIM capability is so flexible that you could take calls from one SIM while talking using the other SIM and these both SIM cards are active at the same time.
Samsung has been wise in including the best Samsung features till now, which were in the Galaxy S III, and were always one of the best in Android phones – Direct Call, Smart Alert, Popup Video, S Voice and AllShare Play. The camera is going to have a zero shutter lag, and the camera start-up too would be ultra quick and won’t take much time. The Multi Window feature in the Galaxy Grand would do multitasking far easier by having the apps in same screen and running simultaneously and you don’t need to switch the screens too.
Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II have been the best smartphone and phablet devices in the market right now, competing some of the other giants, but now taking the screen size into consideration, Samsung has decided to come up with a mutant of both, with the name Samsung Galaxy Grand, codenamed Baffin. The Galaxy Grand is expected to launch in the end of this November month, and although this seems to be larger than the Galaxy S III, the screen resolution is lower than it, with just 480 x 800 pixels.
Here are a few specifications that were leaked, through one of the Korean sources:
- 5-inch touchscreen WVGA LCD display
- 480 x 800 pixels screen resolution
- Exynos 4412 Quad-Core 1.4Ghz Processor
- Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS
- Near field communication (NFC) support
- Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- 2100 mAh Battery
- LTE 4G connectivity support
The Grand looks totally similar to the Galaxy S III in terms of design and looks, but is larger by a few mm and there are upgrades and downgrades in the various specs, while the operating system with which it is expected to come, is the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS so it won’t be a surprise if we see an update to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.
Samsung hasn’t kept the performance any less, because the Grand is coming with a quad-core processor that clocks at 1.4GHz speed, and given the other specs this is surely going to enter the list of the best 5-inch Android smartphones, but what we are totally unsure about, is the pricing of the phone.
The Korean language does suggest that the expected price could be somewhere around 800,000 won ($732), but if that’s true then the phone wouldn’t attract much customers because there have been millions using the Galaxy S III and the Note II already, and one would think many times before trying to go for a larger option than the Galaxy S3, and a bit smaller than the Note II.
With the quad-core processor, the latest Android OS, LTE connectivity and the 5-inch screen, would the Galaxy Grand be one of the devices in your must-check-out list before making a final decision?