Samsung Galaxy Grand: upcoming Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 mutant?

by: Chris SmithNovember 16, 2012

What happens when you combine two of Samsung’s 2012 flagship devices in order to create a totally new handset? You get a 5-inch Galaxy Grand apparently, which will reportedly launch by the end of the month and offer buyers the best of the two worlds.

South Korean publication MT has it from “industry sources” that the Galaxy Grand will sport a 5-inch display with 800 x 480 resolution, 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, LTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, 2100mAh battery and Android 4.1.1 out of the box.

The device, whose name apparently hasn’t been decided yet, will apparently look like a slightly bigger Galaxy S3, but it won’t be as big as the Galaxy Note 2. And it won’t be a flagship device either. Instead, the Galaxy Grand will target older users that would appreciate a bigger screen to properly read text.

However, if our Google translation of the piece is right, the phone is rumored to retail for 800,000 won ($732), or 100,000 won ($92) less than what the Galaxy S3 costs in South Korea. That’s not exactly an entry-level price, is it?

The Galaxy Grand could be a South Korea-only handset, at least at first, although we’ll be waiting for Samsung to reveal official details about the handset.

We’ll definitely keep looking for more information about this Galaxy Grand device, also known as Baffin / SHV-E270L / SHV-E270L according to TechKiddy, but in the mean time let us know what you think about a new 5-inch Galaxy-branded smartphone. Would you be interested in it?

Thanks, tipster!

  • 800×480? OUCH

  • George

    For almost 800 dollars i better hope this WVGA unit will be a super ultra extreme ultimate amoled plus or something…
    Besides from joking…Where the hell is the HD panel???

    • Nicklas Zetterberg

      It’s in the screenshot. It will have a 720p screen. The WVGA resolution is just a typo.

      • George

        I certainly hope so..

        • Nicklas Zetterberg

          Oh nevermind, the 720p was actually the S3. But I can assure you that they wouldn’t put a 5″ WVGA screen on a phone – especially not with those specs. That would be too stupid to even be thought of by a complete moron.

  • Penis

    eww whats with this gay RESOLUTION

    • mmftwo


    • manfred

      The only way it could be gayer is if the screen was shaped like Richard Simmons

  • Zeals

    A 5″ 480p screen….and according to that image it will be LCD as well.

  • Makes 1080p 5 inch screen… doesn’t use it

    • If they used that it would practically be the S4 minus other upgrades

  • Tatsuya

    Nooooo hope it’s false.
    Samsung is doing just like those PC video cards makers: a lot of models to cheat the consumer into buying crap with high margin.

    I was waiting for something like a GS3+ with 2GB RAM (we don’t have this on the international model) and, let’s hope for the best, a non pentile display / S4 pro CPU / stuff like that.

    • blowntoaster

      S3Alpha (i9305)

  • Justin Swanson

    Regarding, price: South Korean pricing model is way different from US.

    Based on the plan you select, you get a discount on the phone (so from 800,000won -> Xwon). There are 5-6 different plan options, the higher priced plans offer a larger discount on device. (it is very confusing).

    Most plan options are something like:
    35,000won | 45,000won | 55,000won | 65,000 | 75,000won

    As the plan goes up you get more minutes, texts and data (for LTE, all 3G phones get unlimited after the first step).

    Also the cost of the phone (in most cases) is divided up over 12, 24, 36 month increments. (if you do 12 month, you have to pay for at least 1/2 of the phone up front).

    You also get a discount for signing up for a contract (i think 10% or 20% of total phone bill; depending on length of contract)

    Therefore usually for your monthly cost is [your plan]+[device/24]-[device discount]-[plan discount]

    The average cost of the lower plans with a high end device is lower than the average solo US cost. The higher end plans might rival or surpass a US cost. There aren’t any family plans I am aware of.