Did you think that just because it was winter and all the major phone announcements had died down that Samsung was done releasing things? NOPE. Today, the Korean manufacturer released info on the brand new Galaxy Grand. Where "brand new" means "looks so much like the Note II that Samsung is probably suing itself for trade dress infringement." The phone will carry a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5" 800x480 display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on board storage (expandable with a microSD card slot), a 2,100 mAh battery, and it ships with Jelly Bean (4.1.2)


Full specs in list form, for those who prefer it that way:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 5" 800x480 TFT LCD display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD
  • 2,100 mAh battery
  • HSPA+
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean
  • Single- or dual-SIM models

On the spec sheet, it looks like a mid-range phone at best. Of course, you wouldn't know that by its appearance, since it looks like the dang Note II. The 5" display may be pandering a bit to the phablet crowd by offering a larger display without the stylus. The handset will also come in both single- and dual-SIM variants. The latter implies that it is probably going to end up in a lot of EMEA/SEA markets, likely for a lower, unsubsidized price.

For all we know, the Galaxy Grand won't ever make it to the U.S. (or most of the English-speaking countries where people can read this site), but hey, just in case it does, did I mention that this thing looks a whole friggin' lot like the Note II? So, you know, don't buy it by mistake!

Source: Samsung

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    5" WVGA? Lolwut?

  • Josh Michielsen

    It's like a 5 inch S2?

    Dual Core
    1GB RAM
    WVGA Screen - 800x480 res
    8GB Internal Storage

    I bet they price it at $299 to compete with the N4. bit of a joke really...

  • http://twitter.com/kunaalj kunaalj

    5 inch 840x480? Way to give a GS3/Note2 tweener specs of the Mini...

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    What the hell....... What the hell is this

  • Andrew

    This actually makes me feel a little sick. Do these companies not understand the concept of brand saturation?

    • hush404

      Honestly. This thing doesnt look any different than my S3 :s

    • http://twitter.com/add119 adam

      At least Motorola, doesnt do this that why i don't like Samsung. Sammy, they turn a good phone and copy them make worst specs from before into bigger screen.

      Remind me of galaxy s original days; when they release Samsung infused to Att and dissed galaxy s original owners. Did the same with Droid charge with 8 megapixes,4.3 inches display instead of super amoled they add the + on it.

      HDmi on droid charge.

      Samsung will never learn, they are saturation with too many phone a mistake that got HTC in trouble in 2011 . Now Sammy continue doing the same with better screen due to Super amoled hd display. Motorola to me is better then Sammy doesnt release to many phone and even 2011 they release they most still it was less then sammy and HTC

  • Ibrahim Ng’eno

    Probably not meant for the western markets, but if it's WVGA screen means it is significantly cheaper than the note/note2 I see this thing selling really well, not note or galaxy s well but well nevertheless.

  • YodaRocks

    This device is laughable, at best.

  • Julio M

    Fail to self copy.

  • CuriousCursor

    Next up: Samsung sues Samsung because people mistook Galaxy Grand for a Note II

  • Faiz Ahmed Faiz

    I fail to understand the target market for this phone...for those who cant afford Note II there are lots of copies flying around..for example, here in India, we have domestic companies who are proudly selling copies of Note II, where the hell will this phone fit in? Samsung aint going to go as low on price as those companies. Moreover, those companies are having good brand image here too...Samsung..please know, it is not the product but the placement which wins the marketing battle.

  • http://www.droid-den.com Rachid

    Did someone say Samsung Galaxy S3 Maxi?

    • John O’Connor

      Now that I look at it a little closer, it does resemble a maxi pad

  • Tee

    Sammy is getting blinded by the speed. For what purpose is this device? They're repeating the mistakes Nokia is already getting over. There is no need for a zillion different devices.

    • http://twitter.com/add119 adam

      Damn right nokia n97 was the best they repeat their device to many time. Same can be said their doing the same mistake as HTC in 2011. Htc did with htc sensation then htc amaze then htc sensation XL. Mytouch 4g slide was really a sensation with a keyboard that different concept.

      • PINJ

        WHAAAA?/??????/ Nokia n97 Was The WORST.... There Are Not Many Phones In Nokia's Arsenal That Id Consider A Worse Joke Of Technology.

        And The HTC Butterfly Is Selling Very Well, Get Your Facts Straight.

        • http://twitter.com/add119 adam

          I didn't say that about htc butterfly I said htc relase to many said they was going to release one line this year. That was in march before then htc one release. U get your fact straight. Just because u sell phone and make money doesn't mean u need to release same phone

          • http://twitter.com/add119 adam

            With lower specs call something else

        • http://twitter.com/add119 adam

          Before you argue Nokia n97 was best phone in 2009 it was 32gb internal storage so do some knowledge. I wasn't compare that to 2012 phones .nokia sold 3 million by sept from it release in mid July of that year. Back in those days android didn't sell much. Heck it took 7 month for tmobile g1 to sell 1 million.

          The only phone android had was htc hero and htc magic in sept 2009.

          Nokia was best back then. Expect in USA.

          But their success came to price in 2010 just like palm os, blackberry os die that year. As much rim is trying to ring back blackberry with 10 os

          • http://twitter.com/add119 adam

            Note to self Nokia was first to release 32 gb internal before apple did. Android is doing what Nokia have done in past be the first to release better specs then apple.

        • http://twitter.com/add119 adam

          What google should do to eliminate fragment is charge for their Android os that will solve issue with manufacture releasing to many phones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dewadg.tk Dewa DeeGee

    Too many variants, it's better to give Jelly Bean updates for mid-range devices, Samsung ;)

  • defred34

    Ok seriously, this is beyond dumb. 800x480 looks BAD on 4-inch screens...and we're talking about a God-damned 5-inch screened phone here!

  • ins0mn1a

    come on people, this is clearly not meant for the bleeding edge tech bunch on this site (me included). but wtf with all the snobbish attitude? if priced right (say $200, i am pretty sure it costs less than that to produce it, especially if you are samsung) there are literally billions of people around the world who are potential customers. if you live in a country with average monthly salary of $300, your previous phone is a $30, 8 yr old nokia, and you can't afford an actual pc, this looks pretty sweet. nothing wrong with it.

    • defred34

      who's a snob, huh?

    • Straight_Talk_Janice

      Why would anyone in their right mind spend $200-$300 for an extremely low res Grand device when the S3 is $100 now? There's not that much of a difference from 4.8" and 5" screen sizes. But a BIG improvement in the resolution on the S3. And at a fraction of the price.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        He's talking about countries where devices aren't sold with subsidies. The S3 most certainly does not cost $100 if you buy it without a contract. In some places, contracts aren't available and you just have to buy a phone outright. When you're looking at those markets, $200-300 is a bargain.

      • edude03

        Serious question, do americans not understand the concept of buying phones off contract? No seriously, at least a few times a day I see someone say "x phone only costs " like everyone has the option / ability to get it I'm very confused. I mean even if you live in the US what if you just bought another phone on contract?

        • ins0mn1a

          sadly, most people in the US are not familiar with the concept of an unlocked phone. and i can't really blame them, it's the state of affairs imposed very heavily by the carriers. it is a given here that you buy your phone from your carrier, and if you sign a contract they will subsidize the device price. this has only very recently started changing, with t-mobile making steps toward decoupling devices from service charges.

          what is entirely mind-boggling though is that someone curious enough about the subject to read android police, can completely seriously believe that sgs3 costs $100.

          • edude03

            Yeah that's exactly what I'm talking about, it's seems so pervasive in american culture to believe a phone costs whatever it goes for on contract. Do people SERIOUSLY believe a SGS3 is only $100? Especially people interested enough in phones to read androidpoilce?

  • Wam31

    Kind of reminds me of that trick Samsung did with the S2 when they discreetly changed the Exynos Soc for some crap and sold it the same price with the SAME NAME !

    Or like when they renamed the Galaxy Tab to Galaxy Tab II and said "look at our new Top of the Range Tablet !".

    They really think most people buy their phone without knowing anything about them. Oh, wait...
    Sometimes, it feels like they just take their customers for F...ing idiots. Oh, wait !!!

    I'll never buy Samsung again. I really don't want some outdated plastic piece of crap...

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthonylancer Anthony Mironenko

    this is dumb funny i bet it has a ppi of 7

  • anzensepp1987

    This is like an official China-clone of the N2 by Samsung directly...

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    This is like a big GSIII mini. Note to self: avoid Samsung phones with sizes in their names.

  • Ian Huey

    For those of us waiting for the Note II to become affordable (199.99 - 249.99), this is like a slap in the face. Why would we buy a 5" device with a screen resolution of 800x480 at the same price as the Galaxy S 3? It was already fuzzy on any screen bigger than 4"

    • Paul

      Not sure how but my Mom picked up a AT&T Note II for $99 yesterday thanks to price matching. Amazon is selling the Sprint Note II for $99 w/ 2 year agreement and the AT&T reseller she was at price matched it.

  • Cuvis

    So Samsung is now making counterfeits of their own phones?

    • Freak4Dell

      "Everybody bought our phones because they thought it was an iPhone, so let's see what happens if we copy our own phone!" :p

  • Athishay

    You know, for markets without on-contract phones, where the S3 details at around 600 dollars, this makes perfect sense.
    Customers in these growing markets would love to flaunt a 5inch screen without the shame that comes from a knock off China company.
    if Sammy prices it right, this could do pretty well.

  • James Jenkins

    I missing the part the explains what is Grand and not yawn. Can someone help?

  • GraveUypo

    to be honest, this is pretty good for older people with bad eye-sight. they can't really tell the difference in ppi or performance anyways. it'll make it easier to see what's on the screen compared to a similar-priced 4 inch phone, and that's all they need to know. but it isn't a move i'd make if i owned Samsung. specially using the galaxy branding. it's diluting it.

    inb4 us contract bs

  • John O’Connor

    Well if it isn't the budget friendly, Note -

  • Freak4Dell

    Low resolution on a phone doesn't typically bother me because it's a damn phone, but 800x480 on a 5" screen? Really, Samsung? That's just pathetic.

    • flosserelli

      Agreed. Samsung should call this the "Galaxy Minecraft" because that is what everything will look like on it.

  • edude03

    I hope that resolution is a typo...