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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 shows off Note 3-esque style (pictures)

We get our hands on Samsung's new 5.25-inch smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

We got our mitts on the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Click through for loads more hands-on photos.

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A grand release

There's no denying the Galaxy Grand 2 resembles the Note 3, but a closer look reveals differences that make the Grand 2 a more budget-friendly member of the Samsung Galaxy.
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It's like it's a mirror

The spine rocks a shiny, reflective mirror-like metal that wraps around the body. Here you can see the Micro-USB port and microphone pinhole on the bottom edge of the Grand 2.
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8-megapixel rear camera

Samsung's Galaxy Grand 2 houses an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash that features a bevy of different camera modes.
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Faux-leather back

Like many of the latest Samsung Galaxy devices, the Grand 2 has a plastic leather-effect and fake stitching on its back.
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Grand display

The Grand 2 features a 5.25-inch screen with a 1,280x720-pixel resolution.
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Grander profile

At 8.95mm, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a bit thicker than the Note 3.
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Volume buttons

The volume buttons on the Grand 2 appear flush to the edge of the reflective metal spine.
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Touchwiz interface

When it comes to Touchwiz, Samsung is like that one relative that keeps serving you food even though you're done with your meal. The Galaxy Grand 2 is chock full of software features that vary in function, so whether you actually need or want the apps, Samsung continues to pack 'em on the plate.
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Selfie-taker

What's a smartphone these days without a front-facing camera? The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 offers a 1.9-megapixel shooter, next to the ambient light sensor -- for all of your automatic brightness needs.
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Simple, but classy, design

The aligned LED flash, camera, and speaker, give the Grand 2 a sleek and organized look. It may not come with a stylus like the Galaxy Note 3, but it still looks like it can handle a few business calls of its own.
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Bottom bezel button

Keeping with design-tradition, the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 houses a home button on the bottom bezel.
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Grand-lite

At 0.36 pound, the Grand S2 is lighter than its name might suggest.
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Mid-range internal specs

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 houses a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor and includes a microSD card slot.
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Zippy and smooth

During our time with the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 at MWC 2014, it performed without a hitch. However, we look forward to giving it more than a hands-on try when it becomes available.
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Like the Note 3, but simpler

If you don't mind settling for a few downgrades, the Grand 2 appears to be a refreshingly simple, stripped down version of the Galaxy Note 3.
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Does the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 earn its name?

After seeing the photos and reading the specs, how do you feel about the Grand 2? Is it a worthy Note 3-inspired design or simply a forgettable dwarf star in Samsung's Galaxy? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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