Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 vs Galaxy Grand vs Idol X size and specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 vs Galaxy Grand vs Idol X size and specs comparison
When Samsung lifted the veil from the Galaxy Grand late last year, 5"+ phones weren't the norm as they are a year later. At the time the Grand was meant to be a very affordable big-screen phone for those who can't shell out $600 for a flagship outside of a carrier contract. With a dual SIM version, the phone was your only bet for a cheap large screen handset that can support two SIM cards at once - a very sought after option in emerging markets.

The specs were pretty ho-hum, though, even for 2012 standards, especially the 480x800 pixels screen resolution, which ringed in the abysmal 187ppi pixel density, and the basic 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. 

This year, however, we have an abundance of big-screen smartphone choices, and some of them sport dual SIM versions, too, so Samsung had to up its game in this market niche with the Grand 2. We don't get a much larger display, as that would encroach on the Mega 5.8 territory, just a small bump from 5" on the original Grand, to 5.25" on the Grand 2.

The resolution, however, is greatly enhanced at 720x1280 pixels, making Grand 2 a very decent choice if you are after a brand name big-screen handset with dual SIM abilities. In addition we get a quad-core 1.2 GHz chipset of unknown make to replace the dual-core one, though the bump in performance will still be a far cry from the flagships out there.

The other more than welcome specs bump is in battery size - the 2600 mAh unit is as big as the one in the Galaxy S4, so battery life should be improved in comparison with the first Grand. We also get a slightly higher 1.5 GB of RAM amount, against just a gig in the original.

Designwise the Grand 2 is also in line with the late 2013 crop of Samsung, as it sports a faux leather back with stitching, similar to the Galaxy Note 3, indicating that Samsung is trying to break away from the plastic look of its phones, even in the midrange category. With the increase in screen diagonal we get a slightly taller Grand 2, which, however, is thinner and narrower, potentially easing one-handed operation.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches

146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Dimensions

5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches

143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Dimensions

5.53 x 2.66 x 0.27 inches

140.4 x 67.5 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches

146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung Galaxy Grand

Dimensions

5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches

143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Dimensions

5.53 x 2.66 x 0.27 inches

140.4 x 67.5 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


The Grand 2 will come in more color choices such as black, white and pink, but we still don't know the make-it-or-break-it information on the price tag. Last year the dual SIM Galaxy Grand wasn't exactly covering the term "affordable" entirely in relation to its specs, but this year the competition scenario is rather different for Samsung.

We are thus curious whether we will see one of the best dual SIM phones out there with the Grand 2, or another overpriced option. As you can see from the specs comparison table above, the dual SIM Alcatel One Touch Idol X beats Grand 2 in terms of specs and compact design, and is just around $350 without a contract, flaunting a 1080p display. Anything much above that price point, and Samsung will be relying on brand name, marketing and distribution to move Grand 2 more than its merits. Granted, we do get a removable back cover, extendable memory and larger swappable battery with the Galaxy Grand 2, which counts a lot these days.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand vs Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Display

Display size

5.2 inches
5.0 inches
5.0 inches

Resolution

720 x 1280 pixels
480 x 800 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

280 ppi
187 ppi
441 ppi

Technology

TFT
TFT
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

68.84 %
64.43 %
72.62 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
8 megapixels
13.1 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4
 
 

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Features

Video calling
 
 

Front

1.9 megapixels
2 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

 
 
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches (146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm)
5.65 x 3.03 x 0.38 inches (143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6 mm)
5.53 x 2.66 x 0.27 inches (140.4 x 67.5 x 6.9 mm)

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
5.71 oz (162 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)
4.23 oz (120 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (173 g)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8226
 
MediaTek MT6589

Processor

Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
Dual-core, 1200 MHz
Quad-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7

GPU

Adreno 305
Yes
PowerVR SGX544

RAM

1.5 GB
1 GB
2 GB

OS

Android (4.4.2, 4.3), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (4.2.2, 4.1.2)
Android (4.4.2, 4.2)

Battery

Capacity

2600 mAh
2100 mAh
2000 mAh

Talk time

17.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)
10.16 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)

Stand-by time

 
18.3 days (440 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)
13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)

Talk time (3G)

17.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1373 min)
 
12.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1373 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
 
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Music playback

69.00 hours
 
 

Video playback

10.00 hours
 
 

Related phones

Galaxy Grand 2
  • Display 5.2" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Grand
  • Display 5.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(10.16h talk time)

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5 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Idol X looks pretty good if not for the processor and battery...leaves me skeptical about its performance in regards to the resolution and processing power.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice option but there should not be MTK chipset for quadcore.

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Now this one is gonna sell like hot cakes in India better than the previous Grand.

4. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yes, if Sammy priced it correctly...

5. techsurround

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

nice comparison, just got upcoming smart phone Glory 4 leaked specs at wirews digital technology magazine.

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