This is not a Samsung SIII and nor is it a Samsung Note II. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Grand.
Despite the screen measuring .2-inches bigger than the SIII, the Galaxy Grand’s 5-inch screen only supports a WVGA resolution (800×480). Under the hood is a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor which has yet to be specified, though Samsung says it’s enough power to support Sammy’s Multi Window Mode.
The handset will ship with Android 4.1.2, which is not Google’s latest, though an update should be made available after launch. Optically the main camera supports 8-megapixel photos and full HD video, while the front facing 2-megapixel shooter is good for up to 720p. Lending further support for this lack luster device is a 2,100mAh battery, 8GB of built-in storage expandable via microSD card slot, HSPA+ connectivity, Bluetooth, WiFi, DLNA and a version that will support dual-SIM cards. If you ask me that last feature is its only saving grace. And to add insult to injury, the Galaxy Grand weighs 30g more than the SIII.
Engadget thinks will see it at CES, where as I’m skeptical given that it will probably only appear in Asia and possibly Europe thanks to its dual-SIM card slots. The dual-SIM version (GT-I9082) will launch first and the single SIM version (GT-I9080) will follow.