Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy Grand smartphone, which runs the latest Android 4.1.2 `Jelly Bean` mobile operating system, and sports a 5-inch WVGA display.
The smartphone also features a powerful dual-core 1.2 Ghz Dual Core powered smartphone with 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera offering 1080p video recording and a 2-megapixel front camera.
The Galaxy Grand runs includes 8GB internal memory with a microSD memory expansion slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS functionality, and the usual perks, such as an accelerometer, compass and gyroscopic sensor.
The Galaxy Grand also connects to high-speed on HSPA+ networks, but falls short of offering 4G LTE connectivity.
The Korean smartphone giant said the smartphone will be sold in two variants: the I9080 which offers single SIM service, while the I9082 will offer dual-SIM functionality, allowing users to use two separate cell numbers from the same device, such as work and personal numbers.
The smartphone also includes built-in features, such as Direct Call, Popup Video, Smart Alert, and S-Voice, the Samsung`s rival to Apple`s Siri voice-activated assistant.
Announced in the midst of December holiday season, only days before many businesses finish for the year and consumer holiday spending reaches its peak, the Galaxy Grand was announced with no pricing or availability information.
We`ve put in questions to Samsung, but did not hear back at the time of writing. It is expected that the smartphone will be showed off to the crows at the consumer showcase CES 2013 in January.
BdST 1859 HRS, Dec 18, 2012
Edited by: Sabbin Hasan, ICT Editor
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