Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview
Samsung has graced the Grand DUOS with the Nature UX it debuted in the S III, in all its Smart Stay and PopUp Play glory. The phone is poised to run Android 4.1.2, too, so in terms of software and interface you will be at the forefront of dual SIM device choices.
Speaking of two Subscriber Identification Modules, these are switched back and forth via the SIM Card Manager app in Settings, which lets you go from one card to the other with a tap, while the phone supports dual standby mode as well.
The SIM app lets you manage the level of connectivity – for example, you can tell the handset to allow an incoming call from the other card while you are using data with the SIM currently set as default. Another setting you can check is to receive incoming call from the other line while talking through your main SIM.
Processor and memory
A Broadcom processor is what powers the Grand DUOS, not an Exynos chip. The BCM28155 SoC is a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 fabrication with a homebrew VideoCore IV GPU, and the typical for A9s of yesteryear 40/45nm production method.
Samsung has placed 1 GB of RAM inside the phone, and 8 GB of internal memory, but there is a handy microSD slot for up to 64 GB memory cards as well.
Internet and connectivity
The default Samsung WebKit browser sports handy functions like saving the page for offline reading and adjustable brightness from within the browser interface, but since we have Android 4.1.2 here, it offers no Adobe Flash support from the box, so you'd have to sideload it if needed.
Viewing websites at this resolution is probably the biggest drawback of the 187ppi pixel density screen, as small text becomes unreadable when you zoom out, and appears somewhat jagged when reading, especially if you are coming from an HD screen.
The Grand DUOS can keep you connected with two carrier networks at once, and you can use up to 21 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds on one, for instance, and receive an incoming call from the other SIM card. The phone also houses a rich suite of other wireless connectivity options – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS with Glonass support, DLNA and FM Radio. About the only thing missing is NFC.
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: 97; 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: 267; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
Dont compare Samsung with micromax....its like comparing Ferrari with Maruti-suzuki.
9. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 97; 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: 267; 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: 97; 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: 97; 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: 302; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
Samsung cant ignore that category of market...
7. Charlie_boy (Posts: 51; 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: 18; 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