The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 G7102 was the big-screened Samsung phone for the masses last season - and one that conveniently offered an extra SIM slot. It didn't go as far as the Galaxy Mega pair, stopping instead at 5-inches sharp of screen diagonal. This year, the Galaxy Grand 2 needs to be better in every way to get the attention of those who like their phones with big screens and decent price tags.
And, by the looks of it, it does - only topped by the latest flagships in our popularity chart. The Grand 2 improves on every bit that counts. It comes with a bigger 5.25" display without adding too much body fat - this year's model is just slightly taller. The bezels have been slimmed down and the resolution has gone up from WVGA (480 x 800) to 720p, resulting in a pixel density of the much more pleasing 280ppi (over 187ppi in the original).
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
The design has been greatly improved as well: in comes the faux stitched leather at the back, out with the gloss of the older generation. The camera remains the same but processing is more robust, ditching the Broadcom dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU for a quad-core Cortex-A7 made by Qualcomm.
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band 3G with HSPA, LTE
- Optional dual-SIM
- 5.25" 16M-color 720p capacitive touchscreen; 280ppi
- Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU; Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps
- 1.9MP front-facing camera
- Dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wireless Hotspot
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- 8GB of built-in storage
- microSD card slot
- microUSB v2.0
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Stereo FM radio
- Standard 3.5mm audio jack
- Accelerometer and proximity sensor
- 2,600mAh battery; user replaceable
- Only 5GB of inbuilt storage available to user out of box
- No KitKat at launch
- Overly reflective screen with poor sunlight legibility
Then there's the battery, which is probably the best improvement of all - going from 2,100mAh to 2,600mAh, which should help make up for the larger, higher-res screen and the quad-core.
As for the equally important issue of price - the Galaxy Grand 2 isn't priced too high, starting at around €250, while the Grand currently costs around €160. There's also a dual-SIM version - in fact the one we're reviewing is carrying the Duos label.
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 live pictures
Without doubt, Samsung has done a good job of making a credible package even more desirable. This is by no means a single pony race though, the Android landscape full of potential competitors, especially in this price range. Sony has contenders of its own and HTC will want to have a say too, while Samsung itself offers plenty of choice.
The Galaxy Grand 2 seems to have what it takes to stand out but we do need a closer look before any judgment is passed. Might as well start right away, the next page deals with the design and build.
GALAXY GRAND 2 offers maximum screen space on a slim, fully loaded smartphone for a performance-rich experience. Enjoy your videos and games on a huge, vivid display and comfortably multitask with the improved Multi Window function. Meanwhile, Enhanced Camera features like Sound&Shot and Smart Services like Group Play enhance your fun while you interact with the people around you. Equipped with a quad-core processor and the latest Bluetooth, as well as Dual SIM support, Samsung’s latest mobile delivers ultimate power and connectivity to your hands.
Optimal Wide View - Viewing Experience
ㆍExpansive 5.25” HD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for watching movies and playing games.
ㆍSlimmer with comfortable grip, extremely portable.
Optimal Wide View - Multi-window
ㆍEnhanced Multi-Window lets you comfortably multitask. Open two instances of the same app, and preview activated apps in the multi-window tray to quickly jump from app to app.
ㆍVarious camera functions make it more fun, including Sound&Shot which allows you to capture what was said, and what it sounded like at the moment of when the picture was taken.
ㆍGroup Play allows you to share pictures, documents, games, and listen to music and watch videos together.
ㆍBuilt-in S Translator eliminates language barriers and can translate almost everything.
* S Translator relies on a data connection and available languages are limited. Additional terms and / or charges may apply. Results will vary by circumstance.
ㆍQuad Core CPU allows seamless multitasking, faster webpage loading and plays videos smoothly.
ㆍLong lasting battery with 2,600mAh capacity.
Comes with the latest in connectivity, including.
- New Bluetooth 4.0 transmits farther for 1/10 the power consumption.
- GPS + Glonass offers faster and more accurate location detection.
Always on with Dual SIM
ㆍDual SIM Always On enables simultaneous 3G data and calls, helps maintain an ideal work/life balance, and offers a choice of pricing plans.