Samsung Galaxy Grand 2: Is It 'Grander' Than Its Predecessor?
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It was January this year which saw the release of Samsung Galaxy Grand, a device for those who wanted to enjoy the real estate of a large touch screen, till then reserved for the Galaxy Note series but couldn't afford to spend much. Samsung's gambit paid off handsomely and Galaxy Grand went on to become a huge seller, capturing a huge lot of customers who were looking for a phone with big screen, great camera and premium looks in Rs 20K - 25K segment.

Inspired with the success, Samsung has now launched Galaxy Grand 2, a device which is definitely an improvement over its predecessor in all aspects but since the phablet market has grown hotter in the months elapsed in between, we wonder if the new Grand 2 is still the best among the lot? We will get to know soon enough.

Apart from the expected improvements in screen size, resolution, RAM and processor, which can be considered as a minor brush-up in terms of specifications, Samsung has done little to really improve the device, apparently in a bid to keep the price tag of the device under control.

So, instead of a 5 inch screen offering xx resolution in Galaxy Grand, we not have a 5.25 inch screen with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. The 1GB RAM of Grand has been topped up to 1.5GB and the processor has been swapped from a 1.2GHz dual core to a 1.2GHz quad core one. The chassis has also been spruced up, with a pleather finish added to the back to add a premium look.

While Samsung Galaxy Grand (dual SIM) is available at online stored for Rs 17,449 as of now and Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 being launched in the Rs 22,900 and Rs 24,900 price range, one may wonder if there are better deals available in the market.

Apart from other brands, once challenger which can really hurt Grand 2's chances is from Samsung's stable only - the Samsung Galaxy S3. Though launched in 2012 with a price tag of Rs 35,000, the S3 still packs quite a punch when it comes to the built and hardware it offers, especially when online retail stores are currently offering it for as low as around Rs 24,000, which is well with the price range of upcoming Galaxy Grand 2.

Though offering a slightly smaller screen at 4.8 inches as compared to 5.25 inches of Grand 2, the Galaxy S3's super AMOLED screen offers higher pixel density, resulting in sharper pictures. OS is also not an issue as the S3 is also upgradable to Android Kit Kat v4.3. It also packs better processing power as the device comes armed with a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processer as opposed to a 1.2 GHz one on-board the Grand 2. It's only on the RAM front that Grand 2 comes out as a clear winner by offering 1.5GB, an obvious improvement over 1GB RAM offered by Galaxy S3.

Whatever the case, Samsung Galaxy S3 can still throttle the chances of Galaxy Grand 2 as S3 is a premium built device and the former flagship handset of Korean handset major, still packing a lot of punch. It would be wise if Samsung reconsiders the price of Grand 2, offering it well below the current retail price of Galaxy S3 to avoid clash with its upcoming feature phablet - the Galaxy Grand 2