NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Grand 2, coming up with its second-generation, lower-cost, larger screen, Android
(GOOG) smartphone between the popular Galaxy S 4 and the Galaxy Note 3 phablet.
Looking at the phone's specifications, it's obvious the new design won't be any kind of threat which might steal sales from any of Samsung's other large phones.
The new Grand 2 has a 5.25-inch display, compared to the S4's 5-inch or the Galaxy Note 3's 5.7-inch display. It sports a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor of unspecified origin, whereas the S4 has a 1.9 GHz Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 600, and the Galaxy Note 3 has a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. It sports a 8 MP rear camera, while the other two have 13 MP cameras. It has the same sized battery as the S4, while the Galaxy Note 3's is much larger).
Memory is another big difference. The Grand 2 has just 1.5 GB of operational memory, versus 2 GB of RAM in the S4 and 3 GB in the Note 3. As for storage, the Grand has 8 GB built-in while the other two come with either 16 or 32 GB. All have microSD card expansion slots.
The Grand 2 runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) operating system, and does not have a stylus or LTE capabilities. What it does have, however, is dual SIM card slots - a very popular feature with overseas users and avid world travelers.
Samsung hasn't announced exactly where the Grand 2 will be sold, but it's possible it will not be readily available in the United States or Canada, though it might be found in Mexico at some point. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are Samsung's top-of-the-line models for those markets.
Depending on the price, the Galaxy Grand 2 could challenge such worldwide favorites as Nokia Lumia phones which run Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone OS and Apple (AAPL) iOS models including the iPhone 5c.
Written by Gary Krakow in New York.
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