Bigger, better and brighter: Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 unveiled

Retailing at £570, you’d be forgiven for letting slip a high-pitched squeak at the price tag of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

So to save ear drums everywhere, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Grand 2 as a cheaper alternative for pre-Christmas penny-pinchers.

With a sharper 5.25in 1280 x 720 resolution HD 720p display, the Galaxy Grand 2 improves drastically on its predecessor’s smaller 5in 800 x 480 resolution screen. Not only that, while the Note 3 only has a dual-core processor, the new Grand packs a quad-core beauty under the hood as it powers through its 1.5GB of RAM.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Grand 2 “offers an optimal large-screen experience on a portable, compact smartphone."

The statement continued proudly, arguing that “this evolution of the Galaxy Grand series brings meaningful upgrades to its predecessor including an improved HD viewing experience, enhanced performance, and many other intuitive features."

The phone will run Google’s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, with no word yet heard on an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Still, because of Samsung’s specially designed Touchwiz user interface blanketing the device, the Google operating system is barely recognisable anyway. The Galaxy Grand 2 is also beefed up with custom Samsung applications, including S Translator, S Travel, Samsung Hub and Samsung’s split-screen multitasking mode.

The Galaxy Grand 2 doesn't come with a stylus included, but it does arrive at your door with an 8-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 64GB (unlike Apple’s iPads), Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 2,600mAh battery that Samsung claims will have you nattering away for up to 17 hours of talk time.

UK availability and pricing haven't yet been announced, but the fashion-conscious among you can pass the time waiting for news by deciding whether you want the black, white or pink variations when it’s finally released.