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Pricing and availability for the new phablet remains a mystery

Samsung has gone official with the latest smartphone in its growing lineup called the Galaxy Grand 2. The device is a follow up to the original Galaxy Grand smartphone that debuted about a year ago.
The Galaxy Grand 2 has a slightly larger 5.25-inch LCD (1280x720) with a 16:9 aspect ratio and uses a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The smartphone has 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The phone supports microSD cards up to 64GB in capacity.

The Galaxy Grand 2 also has a 2600 mAh internal rechargeable battery promising up to 10 hours of video playback and 17 hours of call time per charge. The phone also supports dual SIM cards to switch between networks at will.
Samsung equips the smartphone with an 8MP rear camera with auto focus and a 1.9MP front camera for video conferencing. The phone has integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS + Glonass.
The phone will come in black, pink, and white, however, pricing and availability has yet to be announced.

Source: Samsung

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By Nortel on 11/25/2013 10:32:02 AM , Rating: -1
No LTE on a device coming out in 2014?

8GB internal storage? This isn't 2008 anymore. Micro SD cards are extremely slow and add cost on top of the base price.

Why take a Note, essentially take away the stylus and call it a new device?

RE: gelded
By retrospooty on 11/25/2013 10:57:27 AM , Rating: 1
Why can't some people understand that not every phone is supposed to be high end... Its a cheaper low end phone. Not everyone needs a high end offering. It could be good for those with bad eyes that cant see high res and/or want a large screen to browse occasionally, but don't care to pay too much extra for the high end. That and SD is not a minus, its a plus for those that need it and fast SD cards are available.

Samsung has a history of putting out low end stuff at mid-high range prices though (cough, every Galaxy Tab ever made cough) so we will have to see. Definitely not something I am interested in.

RE: gelded
By Newspapercrane on 11/25/2013 11:34:55 AM , Rating: 3
Honestly, I think people think this way because they look at the prices of the phones subsidized. If this phone hits the US market, it'll likely cost $100 on contract... with the top end phones costing $200 on contract. For most of the people on this site an extra $100 for something that's top of the line, vs. something that is mid to low range (with an admittedly huge screen) just doesn't make sense.

The sensible side of my brain says "The specs of this phone would be plenty for what I need... I don't need a phone any faster than that." while the technology nerd side of me says "For the love of God you need a phone with sixteen cores, and a gig of memory for each, with a 4K screen."

I think the main difference some people want a phone with a big screen, but don't like paying money. Some people want the newest in technology. E-peen's not withstanding, both are legitimate markets.

RE: gelded
By tamalero on 11/25/2013 1:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
Hu, what about the worldwide market genius?
a lot of COM companies do not subsidy the prices of the phones.

RE: gelded
By Newspapercrane on 11/25/2013 2:42:40 PM , Rating: 2
Does whether or not the phone is subsidized make a difference in this logic? There's always a trade off between those who are willing to spend more for newer technology and those who want something more sensibly priced. It doesn't matter if the price is $100 vs. $200 or $600 vs $700. My point is that different people want different things.

RE: gelded
By tamalero on 11/25/2013 9:02:57 PM , Rating: 2
of course it does.
because if it was just 100 vs 200$, your logic would be spot on.. but its not.. because we are talking on the 100 vs 600 USD levels for high end phones.

RE: gelded
By Newspapercrane on 11/25/2013 10:15:20 PM , Rating: 2
Do you really think this phone is going to be $100 unsubsidized? More like 600. Let me know where you're buying your off-contract phones... because I'd like to get one.

RE: gelded
By Spuke on 11/25/2013 11:55:48 AM , Rating: 2
Why can't some people understand that not every phone is supposed to be high end
I agree. There just may be people that simply want the big screen without all the other fluff.

RE: gelded
By Monkey's Uncle on 11/25/2013 3:22:37 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, some people just don't get it that phone announcements are not always for the latest & greatest top-of-the-line wunderfones. Not everybody wants the most powerful and best out there (just look at all the iPhone users there are ;) ).

RE: gelded
By Reclaimer77 on 11/25/2013 8:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
The lack of LTE and included dual-SIM should clue him in. This isn't a phone for North Americans anyway.

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