Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review & Comparo: Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro - The Younger Sibling of Galaxy Grand!

For: Specifications, Screen, Price, Battery life, Value for Money
Against: No Ambient Light Sensor, 480p video recording. 



The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro has been launched in India in May 2013 with a price tag of Rs. 15,000. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5 processor, 1GB RAM, Adreno 203 GPU, 8GB Internal storage,  SD card support, 5MP Primary + 0.3MP Secondary camera, 4.7 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen 480 x 800 pixels  which gives ~199 ppi pixel density and Android 4.1.2 Jellybean.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro is a younger sibling of Galaxy Grand which was launched in January 2013 and after enjoying grand success of Galaxy Grand, this is another attempt by Samsung to gain market attention by launching a toned down variant of Galaxy Grand.



Grand Quattro is roughly 2k less than Galaxy Grand and specifications of the phone have been reduced along with the screen size such that it does not cannibalise the sales of Galaxy Grand itself . For Rupees 2 thousand less you get following features and specifications – 4.7 inch display instead of 5 inch display on Grand,  5MP & 0.3 MP primary and secondary camera instead of 8MP & 2MP of Galaxy Grand and 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8625Q processor based on Cortex A5 CPU instead of 1.2 GHz dual-core Broadcom BCM28155 processor based on ARM Cortex-A9 CPU on Galaxy Grand.

Screen & Build Quality

Like any other Samsung phone, Grand Quattro is no different. It has pure plastic body and conventional Samsung designing. Look wise it is exactly same as Galaxy Grand albeit a little smaller.  Build quality is above average. With reduced size the Galaxy Quattro is easy to grab and hold. It sports 4.7 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen 480 x 800 pixels which gives ~199 ppi pixel density. Ppi density is better than Galaxy Grand (186 ppi) because of the reduced size.







 Touch response is fairly good with decent colours and contrast ratios. Images and videos look crispier than on Galaxy Grand because of the higher ppi in Quattro. It misses an ambient light sensor which means there is no Auto brightness feature.  Design language of Quattro is exactly same as Galaxy Grand with chrome strips on the side. The removable Back cover is made of plastic which houses two sim card slots, an sd card slot and removable 2000mah li-on battery. At 144 grams it's quite lighter than Galaxy Grand but still will not win any slim and trim beauty contest. 

Camera, Buttons & call/audio quality

Galaxy Quattro comes with 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus camera with LED flash. It has features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection. 480p Video recording is supported @ 30fps. This comes as little disappointment because anything below 720p on a 15k smartphone is not acceptable. On the other hand Galaxy Grand is capable of recording 1080p videos @ 30fps.  It has a 0.3 MP front camera for video calling purposes which I believe should have been at least of 1.3MP. Picture quality of the primary camera is on the lines of 8MP shooter of Galaxy Grand. I was impressed by the indoor close up object photos. Daytime snaps are also quite good for a 5MP camera. It does not have a dedicated camera button.





Placement of buttons, ports are same as on Galaxy Grand. The power button is on the right side of the phone; volume rocker on left side. It has a hardware home button below the display with backlit buttons for menu and back. A 3.5mm audio jack is on top side of the phone and USB charging & data port on the bottom side. Earphone quality is ok. Call quality is excellent – full marks here to Samsung. Speaker is fairly loud and clear.

 OS/Performance/Storage and Battery

Galaxy Quattro comes with Android 4.1.2 Jellybean with Samsung’s proprietary touch wiz user interface. While Samsung has updated the Galaxy Grand with Android  4.2, I don’t expect it to be on Quattro soon. The Galaxy Grand Quattro does not carry the smart features seen on the Galaxy Grand, No Multi Window toolbar, no S-Voice and No Pop-Up-Play.





The phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5 processor, 1GB RAM and Adreno 203 GPU. Don’t get much swayed by the ‘quad core’ processor as it based on dated cortex A-5 chipset while the Galaxy Grand’s 1.2 Ghz dual core is based on cortex A-9 chipset. Still performance on Grand Quattro is pretty decent and overall it is quite snappier. There is no lag as such. Gaming is handled by Adreno 203 GPU which is though not best in class but will handle basic games like Temple run, subway surfers but I don’t expect games like real racing 3 or FIFA 14 to work flawlessly on this device.



It has 8GB internal memory along with SD card support upto 32 GB. The Quattro is powered by Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery which claims to Up to 210 h standby time and Up to 11 h talk time. In general usage, it will easily last for complete day. There is no heating problem as such noticed while reviewing the phone.

Verdict

For Rs. 15,000 it is a decent mid-range budget smartphone especially for first time smartphone buyers. If you find Galaxy Grand a bit too big to hold and handle then Quattro is also a right choice for you.

Thanks folks for reading.


Ratings (out of 5 stars)

Build Quality ***
Screen ****
Performance ***
Value for Money ****
Overall ****

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro Key Specifications

Screen
4.7-inch 480x800 TFT display
Processor
Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU
RAM
1GB RAM
Storage
8GB internal storage, expandable by up to 32GB via microSD
Camera
5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, VGA front camera
Network Type
Dual Sim, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, EDGE, GPRS, GPS.
Battery
2000mAh removable battery
OS
Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Dimensions
133.3 x 70.7 x 9.7mm
Weight
143.9 g grams

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