When the original Galaxy Grand debuted last year, it had virtually no competition in the segment it was competition. However, this time around things are different, since other manufacturers have realized that phablets are one segment that are just loved by the audience. As such, when the Galaxy Grand 2 hits the market, it will have to fight for space. Let’s take a quick look at how Samsung’s latest offering fares against its competitors on paper.
|Samsung Galaxy Grand 2||Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8||LG G Pro Lite||Sony Xperia C||Nokia Lumia 1320|
|Dimensions||14.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm, 163g||162.6 x 82.4 x 9 mm, 182g||150.2 x 76.9 x 9.4 mm, 161g||141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm, 153g||164.2 x 85.9 x 9.8 mm, 220g|
|Display||5.25 inch 720p LCD||5.8 inch qHD IPS LCD||5.5 inch qHD TFT||5 inch qHD TFT||6 inch 720p IPS LCD|
|Processor||1.2GHz quad core processor||1.4GHz dual core Broadcom||1GHz dual core MediaTek||1.2GHz quad core MediaTek||1.7GHz dual core Snapdragon S4|
|GPU||N/A||Videocore IV GPU||VPowerVR SGX531||PowerVR SGX544||Adreno 305|
|Platform||Android 4.3||Android 4.2.2||Android 4.1.2||Android 4.2.2||Windows Phone 8 GDR3|
|Other features||Dual SIM||Dual SIM||Dual SIM, Stylus||Dual SIM||LTE, Gorilla Glass 3|
Our opinion? The Galaxy Grand 2 looks solid. The 720p display is only matched by that of the Lumia 1320, but Galaxy Grand 2 has higher pixel density due to smaller size. As far as processors go, we think the Galaxy Grand comes with the same processor as the Xperia C and the Lumia 1320 seems to be the best of the lot due to its Snapdragon offering. On the memory front, Galaxy Grand 2 and Mega 5.8 win again with their 1.5GB RAM compared to 1GB on the competition.
However, as far as the battery life is concerned, we’re assuming the Nokia Lumia 1320 will hugely benefit thanks to its 3,400mAh battery. The only area where we felt it lagged behind was the camera, where everyone else has moved to 8MP shooters. The phone should benefit in the LTE markets, but will loose out in others where people prefer dual SIM phone (c’mon Microkia, get that dual SIM WP out in the market already).
Having seen LG’s bad track record with updates, we’re again siding with the Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy Mega and the Lumia 1320 as far as future updates go. Samsung could update Galaxy Grand 2 to Android KitKat, while Lumia 1320 would be getting he Windows Phone 8.1 update. Xperia C and Galaxy Mega 5.8′s future is uncertain at the moment.
Ultimately, even being budget phablets, each of the five phones we compared were considerably different from each other. The deciding factor for consumers is going to be the price, and the company which gets that right should see maximum sales (although, we’re pretty sure the Galaxy Grand will sell well, no matter what).