Samsung Launches Galaxy Grand in China and India

Samsung launched the Galaxy Grand 5-inch smartphone in value-seeking high-volume markets of China and India. In what is the smartphone-equivalent of a large SUV with sub-100 PS engine and mainstream features, the Galaxy Grand gives its bearers the look and feel of holding a high-end 5-inch smartphone, which does look solidly built. Its cost-cutting begins right at the screen.

To begin with, while 5-inch high-end slabs beam out anywhere between 1280 x 720 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, the Galaxy Grand crams in no more than 800 x 480. The phone gives you the entire feature-set of Google's Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system, but it's backed by mainstream hardware that's just about sufficient for most tasks: an unknown 1.20 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of fixed-storage that's expandable to 64 GB with micro-SDXC, and lack of 4G LTE, since the technology's penetration in the two Asian giants is rather limited. You still get support for 21.1 Mbps HSPA+, GPS, and GLONASS.

The Galaxy Grand's primary camera captures life at 8 megapixels, supporting 720p video recording, and an LED flash; its front-facing camera features 2 megapixels resolution. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, 3D gyro/accelerometer, and a 2,100 mAh battery.

While size-wise it's positioned between the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III and 5.3-inch Galaxy Note II, it could command a much lower price tag than either of the two. Again, our analogy to the SUV.