No one should probably be surprised by now whenever Samsung outs yet another smartphone in some, but not all, markets. This time, the company is iterating over its Galaxy Grand model, putting in some rather up-to-date features into a not so high-end smartphone.
From the outside, the new Galaxy Grand 2 looks no different from its predecessors. That is indeed plural, as there have been two or three variants of the device. This time, the smartphone sports a slightly larger screen size at 5.25 inches, just a quarter of an inch higher than the original Galaxy Grand. Fortunately, the resolution is a rather acceptable 1280x720 pixels. Inside, the Galaxy Grand 2 runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU and has a strange RAM configuration of 1.5 GB. Internal storage is capped at 8 GB but the external microSD slot is capable of handling an additional 64 GB. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera with Auto Focus and a 1.9 megapixel camera in front. It has WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS + Glonass connectivity, but no word on LTE network support. It does support dual SIM right out of the box.
On the software side, the Galaxy Grand 2 is rather capable. It will be running Android 4.3, though we hope it will can be upgraded to Android 4.4 post-launch. Of course, it will be using Samsung's custom TouchWiz interface and apps, but seems to have dragged in some of the more useful ones from the company's high-end devices. In particular, the Galaxy Grand 2 will have Multi Window support. The camera app includes Best Face, Best Photo, Continuous Shot, as well as the Sound & Shot feature that debuted in the Galaxy S 4.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 will come in three color options of White, Black, and Pink. There is no word yet on availability and pricing, though Samsung notes that some features, such as memory size and color options may vary per region.