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Samsung reveals the Galaxy Grand, a 5-inch mid-range Jelly Bean phone

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You didn’t think tech companies would stop launching new stuff just because it’s Christmas time, did you? Samsung has just revealed the new Galaxy Grand, which is a large 5-inch smartphone with Android Jelly Bean on board.

Despite being big in the screen department, the Galaxy Grand is a decidedly mid-range product. It has Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for a speedy and smooth Android experience, with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM inside to keep things running well.

Although the screen size is large at 5-inches, it doesn’t feature the quality to match, unfortunately. The resolution is a rather low 800 x 480, which is typically native to phones with a much smaller screen size.

On the surface the Galaxy Grand looks to be a slightly larger version of the Galaxy SIII, with the same curves and button layout. It’s got the same silver band running around the edge of the device and the same Marble White finish, but it’s a smidgen thicker at 9.6mm and a touch heavier at 162g.

There’s an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear, accompanied by a 2-megapixel camera up front for video calling. Samsung claims the rear camera features zero shutter lag for fast snapping, as well as 1080p Full HD video recording.

Connectivity comes in the form of Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11n and HSPA+ 21Mbps, while storage comprises of 8GB internally and a micro SD card slot that can cater for up to 64GB.

Some of Samsung’s natural features will make the jump from the S3 to the Grand, including Direct Call which enables the user to call somebody back by simply lifting the phone to their ear. Smart Alert is also on board, as is Pop-up Video, S-Voice and AllShare Play.

Samsung will launch a dual SIM version of the phone initially, with a single SIM version coming along shortly after. A price hasn’t yet been revealed, but we’re hoping it’s going to come in pretty cheap to make up for that screen resolution.