In early December we covered a rumor that said Samsung was going to launch a cheaper version of the Note 2, and that said device would lack a stylus. Which brings us to today’s announcement of the Galaxy Grand. It has a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, and a 5 inch screen that pushes 800 x 480 pixels. Calling the Grand a cheaper Note 2 would be an insult to the Note 2. This thing is more like a jumbo version of the two year old Galaxy S2, except that it looks like a Galaxy S3. Curiously, Samsung didn’t say who makes the processor inside the Grand, which leads us to believe that it uses a Qualcomm chipset. That’s usually what Samsung does. If they don’t say “dual core Exynos”, but instead say “dual core processor”, then it’s typically a chip that wasn’t developed by them.

What else should you know about this thing? There’s going to be a single SIM version called the GT-I9080 and a dual SIM version called the GT-I9082. The Grand will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, not Android 4.2. Samsung didn’t say when exactly the Grand will hit the market, nor did they provide any pricing information.

So what do we think of this thing? It’s hard to form an opinion without knowing how much it’s going to cost. The Note 2 is a pretty expensive phone at just under 600 EUR depending on the market you’re in. The Galaxy S3 is already at sub 500 EUR in many markets. The Galaxy S3 Mini and the Galaxy S2 are both priced in the 350 EUR range, which leads us to believe that the Grand might come in at 400 EUR. At that price it’s going to be a tricky device to recommend since it doesn’t do anything special, other than ship with a large display.

  • First, Galaxy S III mini and now this? 800×480 would appear pixelated on a 5 inch screen. Seems to be another floppie if the price isn’t able to entice people.

    • Justin W

      Agreed – the only way I see them as actually being able to sell this thing is with a sub-$350 price – and if they are trying to compete with the N4, they probably will get slapped in the face unless they can give it some really good TouchWiz features.

      • obarthelemy

        Actually, there are similar-specced phones around $180. I was thinking of getting one for my parents and sister, I’ll wait to see if that one is competitive. That means up to $200, if it’s more expensive I’ll be getting them Wiko Cink Slims.

    • RarestName

      Still better than the iPhone 2G/3G/3GS.

      • Of course, I would prefer it even over i5, just for my Android love.

        • RarestName


  • Anonymous

    Single core or single sim i9080 ???

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Single SIM. Fixed that, thanks!

  • 0m1

    more like a stretched version of galaxy s3 mini.

  • Osagie Oyegun

    dual sim is an attractive prospect. S3 is a bit of a budget buster, as not everyone gets phones on a lease-purchase like in the USA.

    • goonie

      I know…Tell me about it. The US is inferior when it comes to sim only plans….However we are getting there. Straight talk and Simple are slowly capturing early adopters…..So you know what is next. CDMAs are the devil. GSM is the light.