Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Anyone eager for a big-screen smartphone that might not break the bank? Samsung is apparently trying to fill the void in your soul with a 5” Galaxy Grand, which skimps on features like HD screen resolution and memory to reach that goal.
Add to this a dual SIM version with the Grand DUOS we have in our hands, and the phone becomes double attractive, especially in Asia, where phones with two SIMs are thoroughly respected. Has Samsung compromised too much to reach its target market? Read our preview to find out...
The Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III, or a smaller Note II, whichever you prefer. Samsung is making everything nowadays, big and small, with the distinctive rounded corner design that is immediately recognizable because of its blockbuster S III handset.
You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
Volume rocker (left)
Power key (right)
3.5mm jack (top)
microUSB port (bottom)
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos
We know what you are thinking – WVGA on a 5-incher? C'mon! Well, 480x800 it is, which returnd 187ppi pixel density, and doesn't look good if you are used to the HD and Full HD screens of late. For comparison, the 4.7” HD screen on the Nexus 4, which is not small by any measure either, rings in 318ppi.
The resolution is not unusable, as the Grand DUOS is a big-screen phone and you hold it further from your eyes than usual, thus diminishing the low resolution effect somewhat.
Samsung uses LCD here, instead of the AMOLED technology that goes for its flagships, and combines deep blacks with saturated colors. The 5” panel on the Grand DUOS is with decent viewing angles and bright enough, so you can tell what's on it outside under direct sunlight, thus the big drawback remains its low pixel density.
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1. Naviiin (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
Where were those foto's taken? That city looks gorgeous!
2. Techgeek101 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
-_- . samsung is copying the idea from "CANVAS 2" now.
guys check out even the specs between these two phones are the same of course "GRAND" has smart stay and the better processor broadcom>mediatek
4. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 98; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
I dont think this phone is 'market ready' yet, feel like sammy is hurrying a bit to compete with the Canvas series in India..
5. Adithya7184 (Posts: 301; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
Dont compare Samsung with micromax....its like comparing Ferrari with Maruti-suzuki.
9. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 98; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
I agree on with you when it comes to quality, but sales is what that matters and canvas is doing well, and samsung just cant ignore that .. thats what I was trying to say..
11. Adithya7184 (Posts: 301; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
how do you know that Canvas is doing well???? are you a market analyst???
then tell me the sales figure of Canvas 2.....
19. kmnsbk (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
I dont think that the repliers age would matter here! :-)
Anyway the market and price and sales all depend on the company's customer care and marketing stratergy. I wont say the Samsung is very best in customer care but when compare to MMX, it is right at the top. Just see how the two companies are giving updates? how many firmweres does mmx released to public? Sammy is way ahead. Also mind you, mmx does not manufacture phones, most of the time they just bring things down from China and put their stamp. But Sammy does most of the manufacturing parts on their own! Also brand recognition is a positive factor for sammy!
20. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 98; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
Yes age doesnt matter :)
but the boy seemed like a hard core fan boy and wasnt ready to take anything against Sammy! I did agree with him that with respect to quality, samsung is way ahead, but my point was and is Canvas range is getting lots of attention, the matter of fact that it stayed no.2 in most interested mobiles category at GSMArena tells you the story. Thats exactly what I was trying to convey and the boy wanted market figures!
21. kmnsbk (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
No cross swards bro.. but I just checked on GSMArena stats,
By rating it(Canvas) stays in the 11th place (overall - no place for SGG), and no position within first 8, when it comes to daily ratings ( So do SGG)
By daily interest its no where among top 8 (SGG stays at 3rd and 4th positions).
22. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 98; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
I am surprised at myself that i am dragging this nonsense further more, anyway, do you realize that this article and my comment were posted on 22nd Jan? and the interest for mobile changes with every new mobile announced. I was talking about the ratings of that time and here is a proof
I think I will rest my case here. Thank you.
13. george.jogy (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
well actually Micromax has come a long way now,they are gonna release their canvas hd with a 5 inch HD screen at a really affordable price...........but they managed to keep some good specs like a quad core processor,,,,,,,,,,,
6. saiki4116 (Posts: 324; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
Samsung cant ignore that category of market...
7. Charlie_boy (Posts: 54; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)
Who would want a 5inch screen with 800x480 resolution?
They could have at least made it 960x540 for the PPI to reach 220.
Instead they could have just cut the camera to 5MP.
8. domen151 (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)
I hope that there will be also blue or black version of this phone...
12. george.jogy (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
ya there is a pebble blue version too....
10. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
l wish it will come to USA so l can give to my step son... who know
16. hdhobi (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
I have experienced this phone just today at a SAMSUNG STORE it looks good. Comfortable to grip on. One thing that I want to know that has Samsung made it in only white color ??? And yup Camera works good having 4x zooming in both even in Full HD video Recording. Available In-built Space is 4.07 GB & RAM 867 MB as far as resolution Concern then 187 PPI is not that much worst physically when you take this phone in palm. Still a big question mark on the name of processor..????? Best Buy Price in Surat, Gujarat 20,900 R.S /-
17. imran911 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)
I WANT THIS PHONE ~_~ [I ain't paying huge amounts of sum for some phone you know] this is the one :D or maybe galaxy S3 Mini would also be considerable