Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Preview

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.

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.


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.



1. Naviiin

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

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

3. luxso

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Bulgaria , Varna .

2. Techgeek101

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 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: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 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 unregistered

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

9. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 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 unregistered

how do you know that Canvas is doing well???? are you a market analyst??? then tell me the sales figure of Canvas 2.....

15. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

How old are you son?

19. kmnsbk

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 28, 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: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 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: 8; Member since: Mar 28, 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: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 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: Jan 31, 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,,,,,,,,,,,

18. kmnsbk

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

spot on man!

6. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Samsung cant ignore that category of market...

7. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 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: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

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

12. george.jogy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

10. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

l wish it will come to USA so l can give to my step son... who know

16. hdhobi

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 06, 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: Feb 26, 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

23. ahmed88

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

it is amazing mobil for his price
Galaxy Grand
  • Display 5.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 8GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(10.16h talk time)

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