Electronics giant Samsung is reportedly set to introduce a smartphone-tablet hybrid, dubbed Galaxy Grand, aimed at budget-conscious consumers.
The South-Korean firm has received overwhelming attention for its phablet devices that include the Galaxy Note series. Seeking to expand its consumer base, Samsung is reportedly working on a pocket-friendly device that will feature most of the specifications found in a tablet, but on a lower end.
According to a Federal Communications Commission report spotted by technology website Tech Kiddy, Galaxy Grand, codenamed "Baffin", will feature a 5-inch 800x480 pixel resolution display backed by a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 mobile processor and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update.
Other specifications the device may include are a 2100 mAh battery, support for LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi networks and Near Field Communication. Reports said that the emerging markets will be the first to receive the device.
Taking into comparison, Galaxy Note 2 includes a 5.5-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution display, Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9, Jelly Bean OS, 3G and 4G capabilities among its features. The Note 2's predecessor feature a smaller 5.3-inch screen with 800 x 1280 resolution, a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and Gingerbread OS. Noting the configuration of the two smartphones, it seems likely that Galaxy Grand may fall in the mid-range price zone than being ultra affordable.
So far, Samsung has not confirmed reports of a Galaxy Grand launch, its pricing and availability.
According to Android Authority, the "mutant" Galaxy Grand may see a possible launch around the end of December and is likely to be priced around 800,000 won ($732) or 100,000 won ($92).