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Galaxy Grand 3 passes through TENAA certification

The mid-range 5.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 has passed through China's TENAA, signifying that the handset is on the way.

Published onDecember 11, 2014

Galaxy Grand 3

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 (model number SM-G7200), the successor to last year’s larger mid-range smartphone, has just been approved by China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, the country’s equivalent of the FCC.

Previous rumors had suggested that the Galaxy Grand 3 would feature a larger 5.5 inch display, but it turns out to be the same size as the 5.25 inch Galaxy Grand 2. The display also keeps the same 720p resolution, which is a little questionable in such a large handset. However, the smartphone’s dimensions come in at 146 x 74.8 x 7.95 mm and it weighs 140 grams, making this both slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

The Galaxy Grand 3 does feature some other improvements over Samsung’s last generation handset too. The older Snapdragon 400 processor has been swapped out for a slightly better 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410, which is built from four 64-bit ARM Cortex A53s. The handset’s cameras have also been improved, the Grand 3 sports a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front snapper. The phone also comes with 16GB of internal storage, up from 8GB, and the microSD card slot now supports cards with 128GB worth of space.

Galaxy Grand 3 TENAA

Overall, the Grand 3 looks to be a minor improvement and remains a mid-range device for those looking for a larger display. It will be interesting to see how the Galaxy Grand 3 fits into Samsung’s bulging smartphone portfolio if the similarly sized, but apparently higher specced, Galaxy A7 ever arrives.

Release dates, regions, or pricing have not been announced yet, but we should hear something official in the coming months.

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