While hearsay continues to grow ahead of next year’s expected Samsung Galaxy S4 release date, a second all-new Samsung Smartphone has been spotted in apparent FCC documentation. Initial reports had suggested that the unannounced Samsung Galaxy Grand and the Galaxy S4 could in fact have been one and the same Smartphone, though despite possible similarities including a 5-inch screen and next generation specs and features, this doesn’t appear to be the case after all.
Immediately quashing all notion of the Galaxy Grand being the official name for the Galaxy S4 comes the fact that the former of the two is only expected to deliver a screen resolution of 800 by 400 pixels – massively behind what is considered to be the upper-end of the market already. The Samsung Galaxy S4 by contrast – which is expected to see its release date close to February’s 2013 MWC in Barcelona – is more likely to pack at least 1,920 by 1,080 pixels into its display, putting it on a level pegging with the likes of the HTC Droid DNA.
Aside from the slightly less-impressive screen, the FCC document lists the Samsung Galaxy Grand as packing an Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, a 2,100mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the helm – all in line with the lower-upper-end of today’s Smartphone market.
Rumor has it that Samsung is lining up the Galaxy Grand Smartphone for a relatively imminent release date, though on its native soil in South Korea only. The theory basically goes that Samsung may be looking to introduce a Galaxy Smartphone aimed at the country’s consumers that are essentially looking to join the next-generation Smartphone market without having to go to extremes and fork out for a Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 or iPhone 5, for example.
With regard to the Samsung Galaxy S4, no official word has yet been passed on specs, features, release date or pricing, though the rumor mill has told the world to expect a 2GHz quad-core processor, up to 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and a 5-inch touchscreen that largely shames anything currently on the market.