BY | January 23, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Grand has been launched India for Rs 21500. But its low display resolution is a disappointment for Sammy fans in the country

Samsung Galaxy Grand is getting exceptional reviews in the Indian market. For a very price conscious nation, the handset comes with right specs, right features and affordable price. To be true, its pricing is going to make it a really grand success in the lucrative Indian market.

In India Apple iPhones are out of the reach of common people. For millions of tech crazy youth who badly want to go for the handsets, the Rs 40000 and above pricing makes them out of the reach of these people. It is the reason that Apple smart-phones are unable to attract many people and India has been the last on the back of Apple bosses’ minds. Unlike China where they get mammoth response from people who have ready cash to go and get Apple smart-phones and tablets India has remained a marginal market for them.

On the other hand Samsung has been a massive success in the Indian market with its varied handsets affordable to almost every segment of the Indian population. Samsung sold almost ten percent of all its Galaxy S handsets in the Indian market and India is always among the first nation where Sammy products are introduced.

Though Galaxy Grand is not a phablet in the real sense, many reviewers are calling it as such. Phablets are phones with bigger than 5 inch handset and so it shouldn’t be called a phablet. On the specifications front, the Galaxy Grand packs in a winner at the competitive price point it is being offered. Galaxy Grand Duos or Galaxy Grand I9082 has a 5 inch WVGA TFT screen which has a resolution of 480×800, which is quite low considering the large screen size. The phablet device is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. It is needless to convey but this Galaxy family phone also is based on the latest Android OS, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface is also maintained.

The handset seems very bulky at 162 grams. It has 8GB memory in-built which is expandable to 64GB with the support of a microSD card. Samsung’s camera quality has always been impressive and this phablet too is designed to impress with a 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP camera in the front. The video recording can be done in full HD at 1080p resolution.  It also has the other regular features like Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and WiFi. The Galaxy series of devices have often been credited among the best battery backup gadgets. To feed all the requirements of so many functions and applications Samsung has fit in a 2100mAh battery in Grand Duos which will comfortably last long.

As far as its looks are concerned, the 5-inch handset looks a lot like Samsung Galaxy S III model, with the same physical button and touch buttons on the front. In fact, the design gene feels familiar to the whole generation of Galaxy devices by Samsung. The backside is made of plastic like most of the Galaxy phones.

One very good feature of the handset is its OS. The Galaxy Grand runs Jelly Bean out of the box and not to mention, it boasts features found in the higher-end Galaxy handsets, such as Smart Stay, Pop up Play and Direct Call. The handset will be all the more attractive for Indian customers as it comes with dual-SIM capability. Quad-band 2G is supported by both the SIM card slots, whereas 3G connectivity is supported only in the SIM1 slot. So over all the handset is great and will be loved by Indian consumers in the days to come.


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