When is a Samsung Galaxy S3 not a Samsung Galaxy S3?
For the millions of frugal Smartphone buyers out there not exactly thrilled at the thought of handing over a king’s ransom for an iPhone 5, the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Grand release date should come as welcome news. Well, unless of course said release date only currently applied to Asian and European markets, which for the time being is as close as the US is going to get to the pocket-friendly 5-inch Galaxy Grand.
Yesterday saw the decidedly mid-range Smartphone land in India in all its glory, more or less one calendar month from Samsung announcing it in December.
By appearance alone, the Galaxy Grand bears a striking similarity to the Samsung Galaxy S3, though ups the ante to a certain extent by serving up a bigger screen. Sadly that where both the similarities and the one-upmanship come to an end, as behind the scenes the two are pretty much night and day. But then again, the entire point of the Samsung Galaxy Grand is to bring the world a Smartphone that both looks and feels high-end, but doesn’t pack the same wallop to the wallet as the market-leaders.
What you get for your money with the Samsung Galaxy Grand is a modest 1.2GHz processor, an adequate 2GB serving of RAM, 8GB or storage space, a 2,100mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean at the helm. Resolution comes in at 800 by 480 which doesn’t exactly look astonishing on a 5-inch screen, but on the other hand covers all bases sufficiently.
You’ll also get no 4G LTE support, but remember we’re taking a 5-inch Samsung Galaxy that retails for less than $400 off-contract.
Emerging markets would appear to be Samsung’s primary target for the Galaxy Grand and exactly how far the device will spread across Europe remains a mystery. Likewise, whether or not we’ll ever see the Grand in the US is wide open to debate, though an American variant could very well make an appearance in one form or another at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, paving the way for the Samsung Galaxy S4 which is expected to land shortly after the event concludes.