Samsung has made its name in the Smartphone market. After the successful release of the big screen phone Samsung Galaxy Grand the Smartphone Company has come up with the 2nd Generation of the device or the Galaxy Grand’s successor the Galaxy Grand 2. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 has been officially announced in India. The Samsung Grand 2 also known as the Samsung Note 3’s Baby Brother has some good specification. The smartphone gets a larger and better display, improved chipset and more. The Grand 2 has nearly the specification between the Note 3 and the Galaxy S4. The Samsung Grand 2 has the same Note 3’s faux leather back. The Device has a 5.25inches big 720p TFT screen.
Highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2:
- 1.2GHz Quad Core processor
- 1.5 GB Ram
- 8 MP Rear Camera with Image stabilization
- 5.25inches 720p HD Display with 280 ppi pixel density
- Dual SIM option available for users
- 2600 mAh Big battery for endless entertainment
The New Grand 2 sports a large 5.25 inches 720p HD Display with 280 ppi pixel density. The 480 x 800 pixels display with 187ppi on the previous Grand was a disappointment to the user but this time Samsung has crammed it with the 720 display. A 720p screen for a mid-range device is a good deal. The device has a TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours support disappointingly no amoled or super amoled screen for Grand 2. The Display is quite good colours were accurate. Reading was easy even in bright light.
At first glance, the Galaxy Grand 2 looks quite similar to its predecessor in terms of its form factor. But it was something different. The Build Quality is more or less same as of the Samsung Note 3. The back of the device now has the faux leather finish first introduced on the flagship Galaxy Note 3. This actually gives the device a premium look. Overall the device is premium looking and feel sturdy in hand.
The Speaker of the Grand 2 is located at the right side of the Camera. The Sound of the device is very loud and clear helping the user to get the real taste of enjoying movies and gaming.
The Grand 2 comes with the same set of snapper which was available in the predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Grand. The Grand 2 sports an 8-MP Auto focus camera which is capable of shooting Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Samsung has included the digital image stabilisation to help you take clear shots in low light. The shots clicked with the 8 Megapixels snapper were very good. The fantastic rare camera of the device makes it a best suited Smartphone for photography. It also has a 1.9-Mega pixels front facing camera.
Processor, Battery and Software:
Talking about the processor the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon replacing the old Broadcom chipset seen in the predecessor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset offers the user the flawless speed of processing. The Grand 2 is packed with the quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. There is a total of 1.5GB of RAM to ensure smooth multitasking of the phone. The Samsung Grand 2 comes with Android v4.3 (Jellybean) Out of the box with Samsung’s own UI enhancement of TouchWiz Nature UX over the stock android. There is not yet any hint by Samsung about Android v4.4 for Grand 2. There are some of the preinstalled application such as Story Album to organize pictures, S Translator app, Samsung Hub, S Travel, Samsung Link and much more. Buyers have an option of Dual Sim. Grand 2 support dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. Quick sharing of multi-media files could be possible with its advanced Bluetooth 4 and High speed USB. The Grand 2 offers buyers the internal memory of 8 GB which is expandable up to 64 GB with the help of micro SD card. The android smartphone is backed with a Li-Ion 2,600mAh battery ensuring you a full day of mix use. The Device weighs about 163 grams and is about 8.9mm thick which is about 0.7mm slim than its predecessor.
Verdict and Pricing:
The Samsung is a perfect device for a Mid-Range Smartphone. The device is capable of some heavy processing and allow user to enjoy movies and gaming due to its big screen. The Big screen gives it a Phablet feel. The awesome back panel finish giving it a premium feel. The High speed processor, 720p display, quality camera is brilliant at this budget for a mid-range phone. The device is set to launch in Indian Market in January. The company is taking advance bookings for the handset at Rs 2,000, while the remaining amount has to be paid when it will be launched in the market. The device is expected to be priced at Rs 23000-25000. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 will be available in Black, Pink and White colour variants in select regions.
Comparison of Galaxy Grand and Galaxy Grand 2
|Specs||Galaxy Grand||Galaxy Grand 2|
|Display screen||5.01 inches||5.25 inches|
|Display type||TFT screen||TFT screen|
|Resolution||480 x 800p||1280 x 720p|
|Dimension||143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm||146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm|
|Weight||162 grams||163 grams|
|User Interface||TouchWiz UI||TouchWiz UI|
|OS||Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean|
|Processor||Dual-core Cortex A9||Quad-core|
|Processor speed||1.2 GHz||1.2 GHz|
|RAM||1 GB||1.5 GB|
|Internal memory||8 GB||8 GB|
|Expandable memory||64 GB||64 GB|
|Primary Camera||8 MP autofocus with LED flash||8 MP autofocus with LED flash|
|Secondary Camera||2 MP||1.9 MP|
|Battery||2100 mAh Li-Ion||2600 mAh Li-Ion|
|Colour variants||White, Blue||White Black and Pink|
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