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Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 has been officially unveiled in India and is likely to hit the stores in January 2014 much to the delight of the fans. It is even available online for pre-order at Rs 999 only.
After the success of its Galaxy Grand Duos, one of the pioneers in 5-inch screen, Samsung followed it with the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro which was not much of a success.
However, with the Galaxy Grand 2, there is no denying the fact that Samsung is back with a bang and is set to rule the market again as the new smartphone promises to be faster, bigger and better in every which way.
Announced in November 2013, Galaxy Grand 2 has drawn many comparison with its predecessor Galaxy Grand Duos.
Here is brief comparison of Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos in regards to their specifications.DISPLAY:
With a 5.2-inch screen display, the Grand 2 is just slightly bigger that the Grand Duos whose screen measures 5 inches. There isn’t much difference there and it wouldn’t really matter. Moreover, both boast of a TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colours each. However, with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and pixel density of 280 pixels per inch (ppi), the Grand 2 definitely is way above the 480 x 800 pixels resolution with 187 ppi pixel density of the Grand Duos – simply meaning better display, colours and pictures.BODY AND WEIGHT:
With a body dimension of 146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm (5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 in), the Grand 2 is slightly bigger than the Grand Duos which measures 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm (5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 in). Moreover, the Grand 2 weights a gram more at 163 g (5.75 oz) than the Grand Duos which weights 162 g (5.71 oz).PROCESSOR/OPERATING SYSTEM:
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos runs on Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system and is supported by a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9. This is upgradable to Jelly Bean 4.2. But surprisingly, considering that Jelly Bean 4.4 or the so-called ‘KitKat’ is now available in the market, one fails to understand why Samsung did not use it in the new Grand 2 which runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)? Is it upgradable to Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’? No news so far. Still faster though. However, the CPU which runs on Quad-core 1.2 GHz should make the Grand 2 a better option in this section too.CAMERA:
Both the smartphones have an 8 MP primary camera with 3264 x 2448 pixels, auto focus and an LED flash. No winner or loser here. And while it may not really make much of a difference, Grand Duos has a 2 MP front camera while the Grand 2 has a 1.9 MP front camera. Well! 0.1 MP shouldn’t really be a problem here. Moreover, they both record videos with 1080p@30fps accompanied by stereo sound recording.MEMORY:
The Grand Duos boasted of 8GB internal memory and 1GB RAM. It’s practically the same with the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 — 8GB internal memory and a 1.5GB RAM, a slight improvement with RAM. However, both the Samsung smartphones support microSD card through which the internal memory can be expanded to 64GB.SIM SUPPORT:
Both the smartphones, Grand Duos and the Grand 2 support dual SIM. Moreover, they both support 2G and 3G connections.BATTERY:
An interesting feature with all smartphones — the life expectancy of the battery life once fully charged.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos runs on Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery which the company claims gives 10 hours of talktime on 2G and over 400 hours of standby. On the other hand, the Grand 2 runs on a stronger and more powerful battery, Li-Ion 2600 mAh, which should definitely give longer talktime and standby. As per reports, Grand 2 gives a talktime of 17 hours on full charge and over 450 hours of standby, both on 2G.DATA:
Both are almost the same in this category. They both support GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth, WLAN and USB. However, while the speed of Grand Duos is HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, not much is revealed of Grand 2.PRICE:
Pricing is always a tricky issue in the world of smartphone market as it can make or break a phone. However, Samsung has never failed in the area.
Making it tough for its opponents, the South Korean company has competitively priced the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 between Rs 22990 to Rs 24990.
That's one hell of a price considering the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos was priced around Rs 21,000 on its launch earlier this year. It is now available online for Rs 17,000 to Rs 19,500.COLOUR:
While the Galaxy Grand Duos was available mainly in white colour, the Galaxy Grand 2 device will be available in black, pink and white colour variants. Now, that is fancy!
First Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 16:30