Samsung Announces the Galaxy Grand 2 Smartphone


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Samsung is now shipping well over one-quarter of the world's smartphones and it isn't hard to see how. The Korean manufacturer now has dozens of smartphone models in a variety of costs and sizes.

Today Samsung announced yet another smartphone in its growing Galaxy-branded lineup. The new Galaxy Grand 2 is positioned as an in-between device that is larger than the Galaxy S4, but not so big as the monstrous Galaxy Note 3.

Though Samsung referred to the Grand 2 as "portable" and "compact" in its announcement, the device is still very much on the larger end of the smartphone size curve. The device has a 5.25-inch screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution.

Underneath the screen the Grand 2 has a 1.2GHz quad core processor and a sparse 1.5GB of RAM. The device comes with 8GB of storage, though it also has a microSD card slot for storage expansion. It also has a 2,600mAh battery that Samsung claims will give users 17 hours of phone calls.

The Grand 2 will come running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, though it will also be loaded with Samsung's proprietary software, including the Samsung Hub. It will come in a basic white color, though black and pink will be available in "selective regions." Samsung has not announced either pricing or release estimates for individual countries.

Though the smartphone's size is nestled in-between the S4 and the Note 3, the Grand's hardware is noticeably less costly than those other devices. This could suggest that Samsung is seeking to position the Grand 2 as a low-cost, big-screen alternative to its premium smartphone lineup.