We’ve already gotten hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime; however, when pitted against the Grand Prime, can it win the crown for Samsung’s best entry level smartphone? We put the two phones through their paces to find out.
First things first, while the design of the two phones is similar, the Grand Prime
certainly offers a more premium feel and is both larger and heavier in your hand. Coming in at 156g – nearly 30g heavier than the Core Prime
– the Grand Prime’s square edges, slim body and 5-inch display are closer in size to the premium Galaxy S6 than to the Core Prime’s 4.5-inch display.
In terms of display resolution, you will also see a step up with the Grand Prime. Offering 540 x 960 pixels compared to Core Prime’s 480 x 800 pixels, the Grand Prime also wins on quality over rival handsets like the Nokia Lumia 635
and HTC Desire 510
Moving onto camera capabilities and again the Grand Prime wins out. Offering an 8MP primary camera and 5MP selfie cam, the Core Prime’s 5MP and 2MP offerings, while adequate is left in the dust when you add in the Grand Prime’s additional features –1080p@30fps video recording; panorama; an ultra-wide view angle front camera for selfies with even more friends, the Grand Prime offers significantly more bang for your buck if you’re into photography.
In terms of performance, both phones offer good processing power and are zippy when you need them to perform under pressure.
Both the Core Prime and the Grand Prime have a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chip and run Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat) – however the Grand Prime is upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop). In terms of size, both have an internal memory of 8 GB and 1GB RAM, with capacity to take a microSD, up to 64GB.
The Grand Prime gets its nose ahead however when we take a closer look at battery capacity. The on board 2600 mAh battery in the Grand Prime will give you at least four extra hours of talk time and 15 more hours to listen to the latest chart releases on your phone, over the Core Prime.
Unsurprisingly, given its clean sweep, the Grand Prime takes the prime spot this time; however it should be noted that Samsung has created two of the best entry level smartphones on the market with the Grand Prime and Core Prime. Both phones offer a number of key features over competitors in the same price bracket, which tells us a lot about Samsung’s ability to lead from the front.
Buy the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime now for just €129.99 on pre pay or get the Core Prime for €99.99 also on pre pay.