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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 phablet unveiled

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 phablet unveiled

Samsung has lifted the lid on another Galaxy-branded smartphone, seemingly aimed at consumers who want a larger handset but don’t want to pay the kind of premium price slapped on the likes of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 3.

Dubbed the Galaxy Grand 2, Samsung's new effort runs Android 4.3 out of the box rather than the latest 4.4 KitKat version of Google’s OS and packs 8GB of internal storage and a 5.25” TFT screen with a 16:9 HD ratio. That compares with the Galaxy S4’s five-inch Super AMOLED number and the whopping 5.7” beast that sits on the Note 3.

samsung galaxy grand 2

An undeniably beefy quad-core 1.2GHz processor is also on board, as is a 2,600mAh battery and an eight-megapixel camera and support for dual SIMs. That might come in handy for the more cost-conscious consumer who likes to swap between carriers to get the best calling rates.

As is the way with mid-range/high-end Samsung phones, the version of Android that powers the Grand 2 is adorned with a suite of Samsung-specific tweaks.

Perhaps the pick of these is S Translator, which provides real-time voice translation, and the selection of natty camera features, such as Best Face, Best Photo and Continuous Shot.

You also get the Multi-Window feature, which debuted on the Note range way back when and lets you open multiple windows simultaneously for easier multi-tasking. Although given the mixed response to this from Note smartphone owners, we’re not sure how much you’ll actually use the extra windows.

Samsung has yet to announce availability or pricing details for the Grand 2. But its mid-range spec sheet suggests it’ll be up for grabs free on contracts starting at £25 per month.

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