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)


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.

Display

Size

5.0 inches
5.0 inches
5.2 inches

Technology

TFT
IPS LCD
TFT

Screen-to-body

64.43 %
72.62 %
68.84 %

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass, Oleophobic coating
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

 
MediaTek MT6589
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8226

Processor

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

GPU

Yes
PowerVR SGX544
Adreno 305

RAM

1GB
2GB
1.5GB

Internal storage

8GB
8GB
8GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

2100 mAh
2000 mAh
2600 mAh

Talk time

10.16 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)
20.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1010 min)

Stand-by time

18.3 days (440 hours)
the average is 21 days (496 h)
13.3 days (320 hours)
the average is 21 days (496 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

 
12.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
17.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
15.4 days (370 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Music playback

 
 
69.00 hours

Video playback

 
 
10.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
13.1 MP (Autofocus)
8 MP (Autofocus)

Specifications

 
 
Aperture size: F2.4

Video recording

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

Features

 
 
Video calling

Front

2 MP
2 MP
1.9 MP

Video capture

 
1920x1080 (Full HD)
 

Design

Dimensions

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)
5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches (146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm)

Weight

5.71 oz (162.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
4.23 oz (120.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)
5.75 oz (163.0 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (183 g)

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