Samsung’s just taken the cover off the Galaxy Grand, a new 5″ Android 4.1.2 smartphone but don’t get too excited just yet. The phone might sport a 5″ display, but a successor to the Galaxy Note II this is not. The Galaxy Grand is decidedly mid-range with a 5″ “Vivid” WVGA display powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. On the rear of the device you’ll find an 8 megapixel camera along with a 2 megapixel camera on the front. A 2100mAh battery powers the TouchWiz based Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean smartphone.
Interestingly enough, Samsung will launch two versions of the Galaxy Grand: The Dual SIM version (GT-I9082) will launch first and the single SIM version (GT-I9080) will follow. For the dual SIM version, its innovative dual SIM feature provides total communication flexibility, allowing users to manage two phone numbers from a single phone. It is possible to receive calls on one SIM number while taking a call from the other, ensuring efficient management of personal and work commitments without ever missing a call.
We’re only seeing HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity and no LTE on board, so the prospect of a US launch seems unlikely. By all accounts we’re guessing this is targeted at the Europe and Asian markets and its possible the device will change based on the specific market launches. Still, a mid-range 5″ device might please some US shoppers, though I’d still pause and consider what advantages the extra 0.2″ of real estate would give over the Galaxy S III if I were concerned about under-the-hood power.