When Samsung launched the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note last year, everyone in the media industry made fun of the so-called “phablet”. Who in their right mind would buy such a monstrosity? But then something interesting happened in 2012. Phones got bigger. So big in fact that when Samsung announced the second generation Note, which had an even larger 5.5 inch display, people weren’t shocked. Strangely enough, people fell in love with the device. Tim Stevens, Editor in Chief of the most widely read technology blog on the internet, Engadget, uses a Note II on Verizon as his main phone. That should tell you something.
Now there’s a slight problem with the Note. One that’s hard to get around. It’s expensive. Really expensive. Depending on the country you’re in, it can cost over 650 EUR, which is a lot when you consider that a brand new Galaxy S3 can be had for over 100 EUR less. Enter the Galaxy Grand, a 5 inch smartphone that was announced yesterday. You take the Galaxy S2, make the screen 0.7 inches larger, and change the body to look like a Galaxy S3, and that’s essentially the Galaxy Grand.
Which brings us to today’s news. ZTE, which can copy Samsung faster than just about anyone, has announced the U887. As our headline suggests, it’s the Chinese Galaxy Grand. It even looks the same! Under the hood there’s a dual core processor from MediaTek, 512 MB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera. This phone isn’t going to blow anyone’s socks off, but it’s just further evidence that there indeed is a market for large devices.
How much will the U887 cost? When will it come out? We have absolutely no idea. What’s sad is that Samsung also failed to answer those questions when announcing the Grand, so it looks like we’re going to have to wait to get further clarification.
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Luckily Samsung isn’t Apple, so this phone will be allowed to try for its own market.