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Gripping the Galaxy Grand

An expansive LCD screen

Familiar Galaxy design

Looking to the side

Multi Window capability

Even more apps to access

Underneath the hood

BARCELONA, Spain--Announced back in December, the Galaxy Grand from Samsung made an appearance at MWC 2013. It comes in both a single- and a dual-SIM card version, and flaunts a 5-inch LCD screen.

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The Grand has a spacious 5-inch LCD display that's responsive and bright. However, I did notice that colors like blue and green appeared more saturated than other hues. As you can see, it runs on Android Jelly Bean.

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The Grand features a thin chrome border all around its edges, and the phone's glossy plastic build keeps it lightweight.

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Like most Galaxy handsets, the Grand cuts a slim (0.38-inch to be exact) profile. It measures 5.65 inches tall and 2.98 inches wide.

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One interesting feature of the Grand is Multi Window, which lets you multitask with your apps through a little access arrow on the side of the screen. You can enable it through the notifications bar.

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To use Multi Window, turn it on in the notifications bar and tap on the arrow that'll appear on the side of your screen. A row of common apps will crop up, like the browser, your photo gallery, and Gmail. You can then access your current app and launch another one and view both at the same time.

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Hardware specs consist of a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 2,100mAh battery. On the back, you'll get an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p video, and on the front there is a 2-megapixel camera.

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