While Samsung wasn't the first manufacturer to release a plus-sized phone — the Dell Streak, which sports a five-inch screen, predates the first Galaxy Note by about a year, for example — the Galaxy Note was the first to really catch on. Based on the success of the company's first 'phablet' device, as well as its follow up, it's not too surprising to see that Samsung has launched another device in this category: the Samsung Galaxy Grand.
Obviously hoping to duplicate the success of the Galaxy Note II specifically, the Galaxy Grand sports very similar styling to the second Note, as well as Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III. The Galaxy Grand was launched in India today with dual-SIM capabilities and priced around US$400.
"The Galaxy Grand is revolutionary not only in terms of the smartphone experience it provides but also in terms of its value proposition," said Samsung mobile VP Asim Warsi in a statement.
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"I feel the Galaxy Grand will further fuel the growth of the smartphone market in India and will especially delight consumers looking for a dual-SIM phone. The Galaxy Grand best meets the consumer preference for a large screen device that gives them a multimedia experience and superior performance"
Aside from its dual-SIM and five-inch display, which is made of TFT LCD rather than Super AMOLED like the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III, the Grand's specs include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, an eight megapixel rear-facing camera and two megapixel front-facing, 8GB of onboard storage and a 2,100mAh lithium-ion battery.
In typical form, Samsung has been announcing a number of new products lately, including a new television shape at CES 2013 earlier this month. Meanwhile, the company announced an eight-inch version of the Galaxy Note tablet to be released next month that will be called the Galaxy Note 8.0 and is meant to rival the iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Edited by Brooke Neuman