If there's anything we should know by now about the people behind Samsung Mobile, it is that they are very, very competitive. They love winning. In fact, former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée once uttered this line to describe the men running the Korean company: "They don't brush their teeth in the morning; They file them."

Perhaps feeling the pinch from the unexpected success of re-branded and ultra-affordable Dual SIM Android smartphones in emerging markets including India and the Philippines, Samsung recently launched this midrange 5-inch phablet, which is clearly intended to make everyone think twice about spending their hard-earned cash on handsets by these new and very aggressive players.

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Currently priced at Php 16,900, Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082 comes replete with technical specifications reminiscent of the sub-10K Cherry Mobile Titan, MyPhone A919 Duo, and O+ 8.9 Android phablets (All of which have been featured extensively in TechPinas. Kindly use our search bar to look for related articles.). You get a 5-inch 480 x 800 pixels display (which, I must note, is not really all too impressive), a Dual Core processor, Dual SIM Dual Standby capability, and a rather large battery pack. The biggest difference, however, is that SGGrand has better imaging and video recording features, and runs Jelly Bean operating system (skinned by TouchWiz, of course) right out of the box.

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It also doesn't hurt that it flaunts the same nature-inspired, pebble-like design identity of its highly successful sibilngs, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

As yet, Samsung hasn't disclosed exactly which chipset it used on this phablet. But whatever it is, the processor appears to be quite capable itself. I mean, check out this chart comparing SGGrand's Antutu Benchmark Test results with that of some popular Android devices:

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Not bad, eh? Not bad at all.

TP Thoughts: There are certainly many things about SGGrand that had me looking. I like its design and I love the fact that it comes with an 8 MegaPixel camera with back-illuminated sensor on top of the Full HD video recorder. Of course, the fact that Samsung is known to regularly send software updates is big plus. Overall, I think it's an amazing release. However, considering the availability of far more affordable Android handsets with features that can somehow match what it possesses - including O+ 8.12 and Starmobile Crystal, SGGrand - with its current SRP, at least - might be in for a big, big fight in this echelon -- especially here in the Philippines. But if Samsung would consider bringing this handset's price tag down to Php 12,000 or less, I really think it would be an easy win for the Korean giant. Like what I said, this company loves winning. So let's see.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Dual SIM Dual Standby Android Smartphone
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm
Weight 162 grams
Available Colors Black, White
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display 5.0 inches (~187 ppi pixel density), 480 x 800 pixels, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core
RAM 1 GB RAM
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 32 GB
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, back-illuminated sensor, and LED flash, 2 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - SIM 1 only, HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 - SIM 1 only
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity
Battery Li-Ion 2100 mAh
Uptime Standby of up to 440 hours, Talk time of up to 10 hours 10 minutes
Value-Added Features Dual SIM Dual Standby, TouchWiz UI, Affordable Price Tag
Announcement In the Philippines: February 2013
Availability February 2013
Price Price in Malls: Php 16,900