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Samsung Reveals Galaxy Grand 2 Smartphone

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Samsung has released another Galaxy Grand smartphone.

Just in time for the holidays, Samsung introduced on Monday the latest in the "Galaxy Grand" series, the Galaxy Grand 2. This sequel brings "meaningful" upgrades over the previous generation including an improved HD viewing experience, enhanced performance, a 5.25 inch screen and more. So far, pricing and actual availability is unknown.

"To provide a more intuitive user experience, the Galaxy Grand 2 comes equipped with several smart features that continue to set the Galaxy series apart from other smartphone devices on the market, including enhanced camera features like Best Face, Best Photo and Continuous Shot," states the company's press release.

According to the specs, the display features a 1280 x 720 resolution backed by a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean." The device also provides a mere 8 GB of internal storage, so don't get crazy and download a batch of Gameloft titles. A microSD card slot allows for 64 GB of extra storage, but this can only be used to hold photos, movies, pictures and other files – no moving apps over to removable storage.

The specs also reveal a number of sensors including proximity, accelerometer, compass, light and hall sensors, and two cameras spanning an 8MP version on the back with LED flash and a 1.9MP on the front capable of HD video. There's also Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a microUSB 2.0 port, GPS, dual SIM capability and proprietary Samsung apps.

"Galaxy Grand 2 delivers enhanced performance with a more powerful Quad Core 1.2 GHz processor and long-lasting 2,600mAh battery to bring users up to 10 hours of playback and 17 hours of calls. The dual-SIM capabilities help users maintain better work-life balance or switch seamlessly between networks," states the company's press release.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 will be offered in White and in Black; Pink is available in selective regions. Stay tuned for additional info regarding pricing and availability.

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    InvalidError , November 25, 2013 3:06 PM
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    Specs are crap and the display size is ridiculous.

    That depends on what market segment this phone is intended for. The specs may be underwhelming compared to the $350 Nexus 5 but would not be so bad compared to devices retailing in the neighborhood of $250 like the N4 when Google decided to clear their stock.
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    wussupi83 , November 25, 2013 2:57 PM
    I guess this is Samsung's answer to the iPhone 5c?
  • 11 Hide
    InvalidError , November 25, 2013 3:06 PM
    Quote:
    Specs are crap and the display size is ridiculous.

    That depends on what market segment this phone is intended for. The specs may be underwhelming compared to the $350 Nexus 5 but would not be so bad compared to devices retailing in the neighborhood of $250 like the N4 when Google decided to clear their stock.
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    JohnPMyers , November 25, 2013 3:16 PM
    @InvalidError: right. From the specs it's pretty obvious this isn't a flagship model. Why anyone would assume it is, or even 2nd tier...well, that's their own idiocy.
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    thesuperguy , November 25, 2013 3:29 PM
    Grand gives me the false impression that it would be grand, even more so than the galaxy...
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    milktea , November 25, 2013 3:52 PM
    Galaxy Trenta> Venti > Grande > Tall
    So this Grand just falls short of the middle of the line up. :) 
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    m32 , November 25, 2013 4:02 PM
    Samsung isn't happy unless it has 100+ things on the market.
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    AndyTheAndroid , November 25, 2013 4:10 PM
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    I guess this is Samsung's answer to the iPhone 5c?


    You have that backwards! The iPhone 5c is Apple's answer to lower cost android phones. Let me guess, you are an iFanatic?
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    rwinches , November 25, 2013 4:13 PM
    What's the deal with having an 8 GB storage and then not allowing apps to be moved or loaded from the SD? Not even the whole 8GB would be available as it is, with all the Samsung apps and the Google apps (which have grown a lot) it makes no sense.

    I filled up my newest tab's 16GB after adding just my standard addons, I got a bunch of updates available notices and part way through it came up with an insufficient space error. On my tab I just used an app to move to storage to solve it, so I know 8GB would not be enough.

    Samsung does have some nice enhancements like floating windows and multi tasking, so having to blast all that with a custom ROM seems a shame.
  • 7 Hide
    AndyTheAndroid , November 25, 2013 4:13 PM
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    ..another week, another smartphone from Samsung. Specs are crap and the display size is ridiculous.


    Another android article and yet another childish trollish post by the resident troll named otacon.

    1) this is not a flag ship phone therefore the specs are great.
    2) display size is perfect for those who need a big screen and if they need a small screen then samsung has those too. You put down a company for offering choice which means you are a dumb consumer.
    3) The more phones they put out the more choice there is for us consumers. Anyone against choice is against themselves.
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    InvalidError , November 25, 2013 4:23 PM
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    Anyone against choice is against themselves.

    There is such a thing as too much of a good thing: with too many different devices on the market covering any given market segment, the market gets fragmented, each model gets fewer sales, development costs get amortized over fewer units and unit prices end up higher than they could/should be.
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    JohnPMyers , November 25, 2013 4:35 PM
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    Quote:
    Anyone against choice is against themselves.

    There is such a thing as too much of a good thing: with too many different devices on the market covering any given market segment, the market gets fragmented, each model gets fewer sales, development costs get amortized over fewer units and unit prices end up higher than they could/should be.


    True but Samsung can do this because they make their own RAM, flash storage, screens, cameras, processors...it costs less for them to make it all in the first place, while everyone else is outsourcing these parts.
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    AndyTheAndroid , November 25, 2013 4:38 PM
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    Quote:
    Quote:
    Anyone against choice is against themselves.

    There is such a thing as too much of a good thing: with too many different devices on the market covering any given market segment, the market gets fragmented, each model gets fewer sales, development costs get amortized over fewer units and unit prices end up higher than they could/should be.


    True but Samsung can do this because they make their own RAM, flash storage, screens, cameras, processors...it costs less for them to make it all in the first place, while everyone else is outsourcing these parts.


    I was about to reply the same thing. You took the words right from my fingers.
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    InvalidError , November 25, 2013 4:58 PM
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    True but Samsung can do this because they make their own RAM, flash storage, screens, cameras, processors...it costs less for them to make it all in the first place, while everyone else is outsourcing these parts.

    While Samsung may be able to cut corners on manufacturing costs by manufacturing most components themselves, the pricing on their devices is usually still at a premium compared to other companies focusing on only 1-2 devices in a given category instead of 3-4 like Samsung.

    If the Grand 2 follows in the Grand 1's footsteps, it will cost nearly as much as the N5.
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    jimmysmitty , November 25, 2013 5:33 PM
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    ..another week, another smartphone from Samsung. Specs are crap and the display size is ridiculous.


    It is obviously going to be a entry level phone, which any decent company has entry, mid and high end phones.

    It will probably be a pretty nice system for those who don't want to pay as much for a S4.
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    schnitter , November 25, 2013 8:16 PM
    Can't believe it's been over 6 six months and there still isn't any phone I'd rather have than my HTC One Developer Edition.
  • 0 Hide
    InvalidError , November 25, 2013 8:48 PM
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    Can't believe it's been over 6 six months and there still isn't any phone I'd rather have than my HTC One Developer Edition.

    Is that really so hard to believe? Every manufacturer is shipping flagship devices with more or less all the same essential specs shortly after the components become officially available on the market so there isn't much really worth looking into between SoC product cycles.

    So, the next wave of new major launches will likely occur in mid-2014.
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    sykozis , November 25, 2013 9:03 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Anyone against choice is against themselves.

    There is such a thing as too much of a good thing: with too many different devices on the market covering any given market segment, the market gets fragmented, each model gets fewer sales, development costs get amortized over fewer units and unit prices end up higher than they could/should be.


    True but Samsung can do this because they make their own RAM, flash storage, screens, cameras, processors...it costs less for them to make it all in the first place, while everyone else is outsourcing these parts.


    Samsung also rebadges quite a few phones to save on production costs. Selling the same phone on 2 or more carriers under different names. Don't assume just because the phone is on a different carrier, with a different name, that it was made specifically for that carrier.
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    InvalidError , November 25, 2013 9:57 PM
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    Samsung also rebadges quite a few phones to save on production costs.

    Re-badged versions still belong in one of the 3-4 platform models Samsung ends up having to split market between.

    If you go through the parts list, there is usually only a $25-50 difference between a $250 phone and a $600 one. Where do you suppose the bulk of the remaining $300 premium goes? R&D and production tooling for the premium lower-volume models and the extra profit margin to justify bothering with fragmenting the market in the first place.
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    fwupow , November 25, 2013 10:21 PM
    "Grand"? Shudda gone with "Econophone" or "Miser-Tab" or "Budget-Bar". I dunno much about smartphones but even at my level of ignance those specs are pretty lame.
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    Grandmastersexsay , November 26, 2013 7:46 AM
    Can't you get a higher quality S3 pretty much for free on contract?
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