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Nov
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A big phone usually comes with a big price tag, but Samsung is still committed to expanding options at the more affordable end of the market. The company just announced the Galaxy Grand 2 with mid-range specs and an emphasis on media.

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The Galaxy Grand 2 packs a 5.25-inch 720p LCD, which works out to 280 pixels per inch. That's still pretty respectable. The RAM is only half of Samsung's flagship phones at 1.5GB, and the storage is stuck at 8GB. There is a microSD card slot, though. Samsung says the 2600mAH battery can get users 10 hours of video playback or 17 hours of calls. The device has support for dual SIM cards, just like its predecessor (but it's only HSPA+). The processor on board is an unnamed 1.2GHz quad-core chip – probably an older Exynos.

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The device looks like a slightly chunky mix of a Galaxy S4 and a Note 3 (it even has the faux-leather back). It does run Android 4.3 with some useful TouchWiz features, though. Samsung hasn't announced a price, but it's probably going to be on the low end for an unlocked phone. The last Grand sold for $300-400, depending on the market. The new Grand 2 probably isn't going to be aimed at the US, but it will be out there if you're interested.

[Samsung PR, Samsung Tomorrow, Specs]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Sabin Bajracharya

    another useless product from shamesung! They think that people outside the US are dumb and will buy whatever product they throw at them!

    • justln

      You do know that not everyone needs the best smartphone out there right? There's a group of people that just wants a big screen with decent battery life and this works for them.

    • sri_tech

      Actually, original grand was very successful for Samsung because it was priced well.

      I know few people who bought that phone. This will also do great if priced similar to grand.

    • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

      And the trolls came to Android Police as well... plz go back to bgr....

    • Indiaaaa

      im from India and 90% of Android users here are Samsung.
      Majority own such mid range devices.
      The grand was a huge success here.

      • sri_tech

        90% figure is very wrong.

        Earlier it used to be more than 50% (2011-2012). Now its around 30% because of Indian companies like Micromax, Karbonn. Also, Sony has much better line up now and their phones like Xperia M, L are doing well.

        • Your Mother

          he's FROM India and you're telling him he's wrong? lmfao.

          • sahibunlimited

            Because sri_tech is also from india and he knows, i am from india too and i agree with sri_tech

        • Roh_Mish

          Truth is the micromax and karbonn phones are worse tham samsung. Even Samsung looks Apple (with android) if you compare them.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/107214144202094295079/posts James

    I didn't think it could possibly get worse than the Galaxy Mega.

    • RarestName

      What's wrong with the Galaxy Mega?

      • Tom

        Not a damn thing. Great screen size, battery life and volume. Best phone I ever owned to date. It's amusing people think you need an octocore to run apps. Anyone who doesn't like their Mega, send it my way.

        • RarestName

          I agree. My friend seems to be happy with his Galaxy Mega 6.3.

  • Brian

    I know Samsung hasn't announced the price but just comparing this with the S4 mini, I can't justify how the mini costs $500.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      because it has "S4" in it, I guess xD
      The term S4 actually makes it sound more like a flagship (semiflagship?) than the name "Grand". Some people would be like "It's just like the S4, only smaller. It's cheaper too! $500 vs. $600."

      • Brian

        I guess that was Samsung's strategy, not sure if it's selling as they have hoped but yea. -_-

  • porter86

    I think in terms of a budget phablet, the Nokia 1320 is actually a better choice - http://versus.com/en/samsung-galaxy-grand-2-vs-nokia-lumia-1320
    Nokia have much better build quality and design. Who wants fake leather plastic? Is this 1985?

    • jennyln

      Nokia, lol, maybe camera is good, but has the shittiest app store. And to think that nokia is an idiot to choose Windows Phone for a few millions which sucks when Android which is free, which , IS WAY BETTER.

      • Wesley Modderkolk

        Because you sure are going to make it by being another Android OEM(is OEM the right term here?).

        Just because Android is "better"(which is a matter of opinion anyways) and they chose a new OS to identify themselves doesn't make them an idiot. In fact, seeing all those failed Android OEMs, how does that make a better choice than being the main OEM of a new OS? When people want an WP phone they'll think Nokia. Do you think the same would have happened if they switched to Android? No, they would have just been another Android fish in the pond, nothing more.

        Really, Microsoft has quite some input now in Nokia, and in reality that is the thing that has kept Nokia here to date. I really doubt Nokia would still be here(as a phone producer) without Microsofts support.

        Oh and the WP store is improving, you can't expect someone to launch a product in a matured market, and expect it to immediately sell and have all the developers on it. That didn't happen to Android in an immature market, so the same wouldn't happen for WP in a matured market.

      • John

        Android has royalty fees, and windows phone is way better than android.

    • John

      The lumia 1320 is too big,

  • galaxy grand

    WHAT IS THIS SORCERY I JUST BOUGHT MY GALAXY GRAND YESTERDAY AND THEY ARE TELLING THIS NEWS TODAY GOSH IM SO SELLING MY PHONE

    • LOL

      thats a fail.

    • Roh_Mish

      Grand was a success due to advertisements. 3 of my friends have it and they are sluggish and crap. The second sim is 2G only if i am correct. The display was bad. And they always complain about it.

    • Bronislav Shtrom

      Just return it. You should be able to unless you bought it through a reseller and not a store

  • http://www.markallen-online.co.uk/ Mark Allen

    All show and no go!! On a phone like this I'd have expected a lot more.

  • Your Mother

    I wish Samsung would make a serious media player to go after the iPod market--if its worth the effort to them.

  • uniquename72

    Unless there's a way to disable the hardware Home button without rooting, I'm done with Samsung phones.

    My battery life is cut in half by the damn thing turning on in my pocket all the time.

  • http://www.shopbychoice.com/ ShopByChoice

    Surely , Samsung Galaxy Grand is one of the best smartphone in 2013 . It allows the users multi window task . It is most popular among college going student . I am also planning to purchase this phone .
    http://www.shopbychoice.com/samsung-i9082-galaxy-grand-duos-white/p/TWpjME5EUT0

  • TECHIES_NET

    Check the full phone compare specifications of Note 2 & Grand 2 here - http://goo.gl/rPhbdf