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Samsung unveils Galaxy Grand smartphone with a 5-inch screen

December 18, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Samsung introduced a new mid-range 5-inch phone called the Galaxy Grand early Tuesday.
Samsung introduced a new mid-range 5-inch phone called the Galaxy Grand… (Samsung )

Samsung has added another 5-inch screen phone to its Galaxy line-up, introducing a new device with a mid-range price.

The South Korean company announced the Galaxy Grand early Tuesday morning. The phone is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the company's 5.5-inch-screen phone that is available from most U.S. carriers for $300 on a new contract.

Samsung declined to say how the device would be priced, but mid-range smartphones typically sell for about $100 to $150 with a contract.

Although the Galaxy Grand has a large display, many of its specifications fall short compared with the Galaxy Note II, as one would expect with a mid-range phone.

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For starters, the phone's WVGA display isn't HD, with just an 800-by-480-pixel resolution. The Galaxy Grand's 1.2 GHz dual-core processor is also less powerful than the Galaxy Note II's, and the Galaxy Grand doesn't come with the S Pen stylus.

The phone, however, does run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it features an 8-megapixel rear camera. Additionally, the Galaxy Grand has 8 GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card. 

Samsung did not provide details regarding when the phone might come to the U.S. or which network will carry it.

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