It’s the end of the year, a time when consumers shop for Christmas presents and deliberate about New Year’s resolutions; when retail stores prepare for one of the most exciting financial collections of the year, and tech companies quietly research their newest gadgets – hoping to get them out in 2013 as soon as possible. Samsung is no different; although the company hopes to roll out is flexible smartphone in the new year, Samsung is wasting no time continuing to do what it does best: produce phones of all stripes for all consumers.
Samsung’s newest Galaxy Grand is made for a consumer that wants a phone with the latest operating system, small memory storage (with an expandable card slot), a sufficient screen resolution, rear-facing camera, and sufficient cellular data capabilities. If this fits you, the Galaxy Grand is your new phone. The Galaxy Grand comes with the following specifications:
- 5-inch display
- OS: Android 4.1.2
- Dual-core processor 1.2Ghz
- Multi-Window mode
- 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera
- 720p video for video chats
- 8GB of memory storage (expandable 64GB card slot included)
- HSPA+ cellular connectivity
- WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
- Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
- 800 x 480 WVGA screen resolution
- No shutter lag
- Direct Call
- Smart Alert
- Popup Video
- AllShare Play
- Samsung Hubs Preloaded App
- Dual-SIM and Single-SIM versions
The Galaxy Grand’s 5.0-inch display places the phone in the same company as the Droid DNA. The Grand will also run Android 4.1.2, the latest update to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) for Android users. Android 4.1.2 comes with what is known as the Premium Suite Upgrade, a package of new features that includes the following:
- Page Buddy
- Contextual Menu
- Contextual Tag
- Auto Share Shot With NFC
- Reader Mode
- Facebook Lock Ticker
Page Buddy is a feature that interprets your actions immediately and responds. If, for example, you want to listen to music, as soon as you place your headphones in your phone, your music will automatically begin to play. Contextual menu mode provides a menu of your most used apps so that you do not have to search for them. Contextual tag lets you list the weather, date, time, place, and other information so that you can recall memories with accurate detail. The multi-window mode allows two windows on your smartphone screen at the same time. You can perform two functions in two different windows without stopping one operation for another. Reader mode allows for customization of the text print size on the screen, and Facebook Lock Ticker lets you set your news feeds from the social networking site on your home screen.
Samsung will also create dual-SIM and single-SIM versions of the Galaxy Grand phones. Dual-SIM phones allow users to have two or more phone numbers for the same phone, an ideal item for businessmen and international travelers. The 8GB memory storage would not be stellar were it not for the 64GB (maximum) expandable memory storage capacity. Expandable memory storage is an area where Android phones reign supreme, even over Apple’s iPhone. The screen resolution of the Galaxy Grand is not stellar, but for those who want a smartphone that can do the basic operations the screen will work just fine. The phone itself will be about 30 grams heavier than the S3, something that may or may not influence your choice to purchase the phone (if you like thinner phones best).
Samsung will produce the dual-SIM phones for the tech market first in 2013, followed by the production of single-SIM Galaxy Grands at a future time.