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Samsung shows off a new phablet

Samsung has pulled the wraps off a new smartphone in its Galaxy family called the Galaxy Grand. The smartphone runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and has a large five-inch display. This is another phone from Samsung that skirts the gap between the traditional smartphone and a tablet.

The Grand also has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, integrated GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, integrated Wi-Fi, 8 GB of user accessible memory, and a microSD card slot supporting up to 64 GB cards for expansion. The phone has an integrated accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, and Gyro. The phone operates on common HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS networks.

 

The phone is loaded with the latest version of Samsung Hubs, which delivers popular games movies and music on demand. The phone will be offered in two versions including a dual-SIM version that launches first, followed by a single-SIM version later. The dual-SIM version of the smartphone allows users to manage two phone numbers with a single phone.

Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.

Source: Samsung



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RE: Phablet?
By JCheng on 12/18/2012 12:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
Not for me, personally. On Sunday I returned the HTC One X+ (that I had been very eagerly awaiting for a couple of months), and bought an iPhone 5. Too-short battery life was the main issue, and the other dealbreaker was the size--the HTC was just too big for me to use with one hand, especially as Android apps often put important UI in the four corners of the screen. I thought the one-hand thing was just a weird fetish of the Apple designers but I found myself constantly annoyed by being not... quite... able to hit the Back button without putting down my 2-year-old, or awkwardly shifting a grocery basket, or letting go of the steering wheel (just kidding).

If there was an Android phone with flagship specs and Jelly Bean but a 4"-or-smaller screen I would have been all over that. An HTC One V with a fast processor and Jelly Bean would have been perfect for me. Sadly the OEMs seem to be reserving the latest components for the big-screened phones.

That's really the trend I'm concerned about--not that these big phones are available, but that they have displaced high-performance high-quality smaller phones (except iPhone).


RE: Phablet?
By EnzoFX on 12/18/2012 2:12:05 PM , Rating: 1
Sadly this is what these fools on here don't get.

It isn't that we don't understand large phones, it's that we don't think they should be the sole focus of their real performance/quality/etc driven efforts. Right now, a smaller phones, usually means less in every category. But it just goes to show that it's these people that these manufacturers are targeting, so it makes sense.


RE: Phablet?
By retrospooty on 12/18/2012 3:35:18 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, because my hand isn't too small to operate a 5 inch phone with one hand makes me a fool? I mean, I get it people want a smaller phone, and if that is what works best for you then by all means, go for it. I was just saying why the majority of people want a bigger screen and why it has become the norm.


RE: Phablet?
By Jeffk464 on 12/20/2012 12:11:54 AM , Rating: 2
It would be nice if somebody made a dialer app that wasn't full screen and sat centered at the bottom of the screen. Make the dialer say the same size it would be on a 4" screen.


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