Samsung goes big again with Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone

The new device offers a 5.25-inch display and provides dual-SIM capability to let you hop from one carrier to another. There's no LTE, though.

Samsung's Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone.
Samsung's Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone. Samsung

Samsung has introduced yet another large-screen smartphone.

Unveiled on Monday, Samsung's Galaxy Grand 2 sports a 5.25-inch, 1,280x720 display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, which the company touts as ideal for watching movies, playing games, and reading books. A Multi Window feature lets you use the large screen to run two apps side by side.

Powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, the phone includes a 2,600mAh battery that promises 17 hours of calls and 10 hours of playback on a single charge. Internal storage is a mere 8GB, but you can bump that up to 64GB with a microSD card.

Dual-SIM capability lets you switch between different carriers. However, the device isn't 4G LTE-compatible and supports HSPA+ instead.

Samsung has enhanced the Grand 2's 8-megapixel rear camera with such features as Best Face, Best Photo, and Continuous Shot. The Grand 2 will also include an array of Samsung apps, including Story Album, S Translator, S Travel, Samsung Hub, and Samsung Link.

Equipped with Android 4.3, the phone will come in white, black, and pink. Samsung also said it will be available in "selective regions" but didn't reveal any specific markets, launch date, or pricing. A Samsung spokesperson told CNET that no US plans have been announced for the Grand 2.

Updated 7:55 a.m. PT with response from Samsung.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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