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Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Introduction

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...


Design

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.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS looks like a larger S III


Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Front - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Front camera - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Android keys - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview

Front

Front camera

Android keys


The Grand DUOS is more reminiscent to the Note II, actually, with the faux metal rim on the sides, and the tapered back makes is fairly comfortable to hold with one hand, considering the screen size, but not operate with just your thumb, of course. The phone is somewhat hefty for today's standards at 5.71 oz (162 g), but considering the screen size it does not feel thick and bulky.

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview

Volume rocker (left)

Power key (right)

3.5mm jack (top)

microUSB port (bottom)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos


Back - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Camera and speaker grill - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview

Back

Camera and speaker grill

Battery compartment



Display


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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posted on 22 Jan 2013, 08:08 3

1. Naviiin (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Where were those foto's taken? That city looks gorgeous!

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 08:55

3. luxso (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Bulgaria , Varna .

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 08:48 2

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

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 09:54

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..

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 10:42

5. Adithya7184 (Posts: 301; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Dont compare Samsung with micromax....its like comparing Ferrari with Maruti-suzuki.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:32 1

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..

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 00:09

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.....

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 10:14

15. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 98; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


How old are you son?

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 04:38

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!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 00:19

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!

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 21:58

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).

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 00:28

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
http://www.gsmarena.com/micromax_a116_is_a_dualsim_droid_with_5_720p_screen_quad_cpu-news-5376.php
I think I will rest my case here. Thank you.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 20:11

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,,,,,,,,,,,

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 04:30

18. kmnsbk (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


spot on man!

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 12:43 1

6. saiki4116 (Posts: 324; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Samsung cant ignore that category of market...

posted on 22 Jan 2013, 15:24 4

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.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:59 1

8. domen151 (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


I hope that there will be also blue or black version of this phone...

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 20:06 1

12. george.jogy (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


ya there is a pebble blue version too....

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 15:15

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

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 07:01

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 /-

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 08:55

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

posted on 20 Jul 2013, 19:52

23. ahmed88 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


it is amazing mobil for his price

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Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung Galaxy Grand

OS: Android 4.2.2 4.1.2
view full specs
Display5.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (187 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1200 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches
(143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm)
5.71 oz  (162 g)
Battery2100 mAh, 10.16 hours talk time

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