Samsung has announced a new version of Galaxy Grand smartphone that will boast a quad-core processor. The two previous models unveiled were based off dual-core processors, with one accepting dual SIM cards and the other not supporting said functionality. Meanwhile, the new model will offer an improved processor and faster connectivity.
The device will sport a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, as well as LTE support, which isn't present on other variants of the phone. It'll include the same 5-inch (800 x 480) display found on previous models, in addition to 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (up to 64 GB), a 2100mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, joined by a front-facing 2-megapixel snapper.
As well as housing NFC with S Beam support (which was also lacking in previous models), the phone will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the TouchWiz user interface, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and T-DMB, a mobile television service for South Korean consumers.
As suggested by the inclusion of T-DMB, South Korea will be first to receive the device. Pricing and other details on availability have yet to be unveiled but expect a global launch confirmation at MWC in February.
Faster CPU (moar coars, yeah) is for "faster connectivity", are you kidding me?
voice activation... Galaxy S2: " What would you like to do?"
Me: "Call - Cindy"..... Galaxy S2: "contact - Wendy, not found"
Me: "Call - Devon..... Galaxy S2: "contact - Kevin, not found"
arrhhhggg... stupid "smart" phone!
I agree on that Samsung seems to over-complicate their offerings, especially since many of their variants carry a more or less identical name. Having three to five different models (all without significantly different variations within each model name/number) per generation would simplify things. Even then, if Samsung is going to have much more, they could at least do a better job of differentiating them and not having variations of each model that can have significantly different hardware specifications (IE having several S3 variations with greatly differing memory bandwidth, different core counts, and such was not helping consumer confusion).
I can understand having many models to target many markets, but at the very least, Samsung could put some effort into simplifying things in the future and making sure that there's good reason to have more than several phone models in a given span of time, say one or two years.