For reasons we don't quite understand, whenever a company announces a new device, they fail to mention how much it's going to cost or when it's going to come out. There are a handful of exceptions: Apple with everything they make, Google with the Nexus, and operators with their subsidized hardware.
But enough trying to break down a go to market strategy, let's get to today's news. Samsung, back in December, announced a phone called the “Galaxy Grand”. Lots of sites say it's a cheap version of the Note, but we like to think of it as a 2013 version of the Galaxy S II. It has the same guts as that two year old device, except the screen gets bumped up to 5 inches diagonal, and the design is modified to fall in line with the rest of Samsung's portfolio.
When the phone was unveiled, of course Samsung didn't say anything about pricing and availability, but guess who just issued a press release? According to Samsung Ukraine, the Grand will be on store shelves in that country next month for 4,444 UAH. That's $546.95 in American money and 408.75 in Euros. And just to be specific, the device launching is the dual SIM varient, model number GT-I9082.
So is the price too much? Considering that a Note II will run you about 100 EUR more, we're going to have to say yes. We'd also like to remind readers there's often a huge divide between what a company announces as a retail price and what the price of a piece of hardware actually ends up being on the street. We could easily see the Grand falling to 350 EUR in a month or two, and at that price it's actually quite a steal if you want a large screen device.
Have fun staring at 800 x 480 pixels at that size though.