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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is a stylus-free phablet with a 5.25-inch screen

Samsung is well known in the large smartphone market thanks to its Galaxy Note line of “Phablets”, but the company has another line in big screen handsets in the form of the Galaxy Grand range.

Today Samsung has expanded on its range by announcing the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 which will bring a massive 5.25-inch screen sporting a decent 1280 x 720 (280ppi) resolution. The previous Galaxy Grand had a much lower resolution screen, sporting 800 x 480 on the same 5.25-inch screen size.

The new Grand comes with a host of upgraded features including a quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and a micro SD card slot which can extend the storage by up to 64GB. The camera on the back is still an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and LED flash and the front facing version is a 1.9-megapixel sensor with HD video capture capability.

The handset will also come sporting Google’s previous Android version, 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is good considering this will allow the Grand 2 to work with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and it’s only one software udpate away from Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest software from Google HQ.

The Galaxy Grand 2 is not a 4G handset so users on EE in the UK will be missing out on this but the phone does come with speedy HSPA+ connectivity. The phone has also been released with a dual-SIM option and has a much bigger 2,600mAh battery on board.

The other big change on the Grand 2 is its much slimmer frame, with the handset being down from 9.6mm thick to 8.6mm and coming in at a reasonable 163g in weight.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 will be available in white, black and pink and has already been confirmed for a UK release, but no specific pricing or release dates have been announced just yet.

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