Samsung's giant dual-SIM smartphone gets beefed up specs
The Samsung Galaxy Grand has some beefy new specs, like NFC and a quad-core processor. This would make it a closer sibling to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S3 in many respects. However, it will probably still sit in the mid-range area as far as power users are concerned.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand hit the streets last month about a week before Christmas, and it has already been pretty popular in countries like India and South Korea. Its 5-inch display keeps it up with all the monster smartphone displays coming out these days, but at its paltry 800 x 480 resolution, it's not going to win over any picky smartphone users any time soon.
However, with the addition of NFC and a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, up from 1.2GHz dual-core, low-to-mid-range smartphone users can appreciate the Samsung Galaxy Grand's modest bump in specs. Unchanged will be the 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage, which might not be enough for some, but will be plenty for most in this market.
Perhaps the big add-on is NFC, which will allow the Samsung Galaxy Grand to make use of cool features like S Beam and Android Beam. Samsung has really taken the use of NFC to creative levels by creating things like TecTiles, which allow Galaxy users to take advantage of automating certain tasks just by tapping their phones on the little TecTile stickers.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand will probably be availble only to South Korea first, but we will certainly find out more at Mobile World Congress. Our west coast editor Marin Perez will be there to cover the event for us, and hopefully he'll catch a glimpse of the phablet along with the high-end and mid-range offerings from other carriers, even the ones available globally. It's a month away from now, but we're getting pretty excited!