Samsung Debuts New Budget-Friendly 5″ Galaxy Smartphone

Big screens on smartphones usually mean a bigger price tag. However, in the case of the new Samsung Galaxy Grand, that doesn’t seem to be true. The newest smartphone from the Korean manufacturer comes with a whopping 5″ screen, though appears to be aimed more towards frugal buyers.

Screen sizes of this magnitude are typically found on high-end phones with an HD or full-HD display, like HTC’s recently announced Butterfly, or Droid DNA as it is better known. However, Samsung seems to be looking to throw a monkey wrench into that pricing model with the Android 4.1-based Grand.

The catch is that the screen only has a resolution of 800 x 480. In addition to that, this smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and comes with two cameras, an 8MP one on the back and a 2MP one on the front. Pictures and videos can be stored in the 8GB of flash storage the phone has or on a microSD card. The content can also be uploaded or downloaded via 802.11n WiFi or HSPA+ cellular networks.

That isn’t all, Samsung is also releasing a version that comes with two SIM card slots. A feature like this is important in places like India and China as well as Italy, Spain and Portugal where people use more than one SIM card to keep expenses down.

According to Research Manager at IDC Francisco Jeronimo, “Samsung is trying to address lower price points because it knows that is where the strongest growth is. That is what it has done with the Galaxy S III mini and now the Galaxy Grand.”

The only thing not talked about in terms of this smartphone is when it will release, where it will be available and how much it will cost. However, according to Jeronimo it needs to be “significantly cheaper” than the Galaxy Note II if it is going to succeed.

Source: Computer World – Samsung Unveils 5-in. Galaxy Grand Smartphone

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