MWC 2013: Samsung Galaxy Grand hands-on preview [video]

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Sony and HTC might have brought their early 2013 big guns into play already, but Samsung is still in the “wait and see” phase of this year’s marketing strategy. At least in the high-end smartphone niche, because lower on the food chain we’ve seen quite a lot of Sammy devices getting unveiled.

The 5-inch Galaxy Grand is one of these, although the large “phablet” kind of places itself at the top of the mid-range sector. You’ll notice a very familiar design at the Grand, which is basically a GS3 copycat with a bigger, but poorer display.

The silver lining around the edges of the 5-incher is the only distinctive design element, while on the hardware side you can say the big guy packs last year’s specs. Those include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 2,100 mAh battery.

In the software department you get Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the TouchWiz UI on top, while the cameras slapped on the front and back are actually one of the spec sheet’s highlights – 2 and 8 MP. Another highlight is the dual SIM feature, very popular in Europe or Asia, but not so much in North America.

Given that we weren’t as busy as expected during this year’s MWC, we managed to score a couple of Galaxy Grand models for your viewing pleasure. One of these was reviewed by Kristofer Wouk earlier today, while the other stars in a hands-on video by Joshua Vergara.

You can check out the latter clip below, especially that it’s one of the last we’ll be bringing you from Barcelona. Sad, we know, but all good things have to come to an end sooner or later, right?

Now, what are your thoughts on the Galaxy Grand? Is the 800 x 480 pix res display too disconcerting? Or is the spec sheet just right for the phone’s price?

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