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New Samsung 5-inch Galaxy blower looks, smells, and sounds like the Galaxy Note II

But isn't

Product: Samsung Galaxy Grand | Manufacturer: Samsung
 
Samsung Galaxy Grand Android, thumbnail 1
From the outside, Samsung's newly announced Galaxy Grand Android 'phablet' looks almost identical to the firm's high-end Galaxy Note II.

Similarly sized screen (5-inch display compared to the Galaxy Note II's 5.55-inch display), consistently placed rear camera lens, almost identical industrial design.

To an untrained eye from a reasonable distance, then, it's fair to say the Galaxy Grand and the Galaxy Note II are indistinguishable.

Except they aren't.

Mini-Me

Perhaps the biggest giveaway is the Galaxy Grand's 800x480 resolution. I mean, a WVGA 5-inch screen just doesn't cut it any more in the increasingly competitive smartphone landscape.

Furthermore, the Galaxy Grand is powered by a dual-core processor (running at 1.2GHz), which seems a strange decision on the part of Samsung given the proliferation of quad-core blowers.

Saying that, the Galaxy Grand does run Android 4.1.2 (a.k.a. Jelly Bean) out of the box, sports 1GB of RAM, and packs a 2100mAh battery under the hood.



So, what exactly is this brand-new device? A mid-range carbon copy of the Galaxy Note II, or an enlarged underpowered Galaxy S III?

Let us know your thoughts on this new Android phablet in the comments below.

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Jeremy Thackray 18 December 2012
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@Jongjungbu | 14:56 - 20 December 2012
If the price is right, it makes sense. Even with a contract, the Note II is pretty high priced for many people who are on a budget or buy multiple phones for their family. I think this is there way to appeal to those wanting a "phablet" sized device that is current, but can't afford it.

I think the best feature of my Note II is the screen size. But, 800x480 it's just not going to be as crisp on this thing. It might be fine for an average joe but those more tech savvy they should probably save up for the Note II.
 
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