Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has an ambitious name, but behind it is an ordinary midrange phone. It puts functionality ahead of screen fidelity, throwing all the pixels they could afford at the front facing camera instead. As with other Galaxy Grands, dual-SIM is an option, this one though is...
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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has an ambitious name, but behind it is an ordinary midrange phone. It puts functionality ahead of screen fidelity, throwing all the pixels they could afford at the front facing camera instead. As with other Galaxy Grands, dual-SIM is an option, this one though is the first 64-bit phone in the line.

The Galaxy Grand Prime is headed for developing markets where affordable phones with large screens with underwhelming pixel density are in high demand. In this case we're talking a 5" TFT of qHD resolution (540 x 960px) boiling down to 220ppi. 720p has become common in the midrange these days, but don't let tech geeks and sales people overstate how important it is - most laptops and desktop monitors have half that.

The phone does subscribe to a couple of buzzwords, though neither of them contains "ppi". The front-facing camera has an 85° wide-angle lens and shoots 5MP stills and 1080p videos, while the Snapdragon 410 chipset contains four of ARM's 64-bit enabled Cortex-A53 cores.

Although in most regions the Grand Prime is a dual-SIM package, a single-SIM version is available too. Several regions can get an LTE-enabled version of the device as well.

Key features

 

  • Optional Dual SIM version available
  • 5" 540 x 960 TFT display with 220ppi
  • Android OS v4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Snapdragon 410 chipset
  • 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • 5MP front-facing camera, 85° lens, 1080p video recording
  • 2,600mAh battery

Main disadvantages

 

  • Screen ppi is entry-level
  • On the large side for a 5" device
  • No screen protection glass
  • No automatic brightness

The screen is the major worry here - qHD is stretched pretty thin on a 5" diagonal. 220ppi is nothing to write home about, but Samsung has plans on how the Galaxy Grand Prime can compete with the likes of a Moto G (2014).

First up is a solid camera department, starting with the 5MP/1080p selfie camera. If you open your gallery and most photos have your face in them, this one is for you. The 8MP/1080p back camera is also on the better side of the midrange market.

Next is the new chipset, Snapdragon 410. ARM claims that Cortex-A53 offers a "significantly higher performance" over the A7 used in Snapdragon 400. Meanwhile the Adreno 306 GPU offers power savings compared to the 305 in the older chipset. We'll cover both performance and power usage in detail in a few chapters, but the Grand Prime won't see a return on the 64-bit chipset unless it's updated to Lollipop (which has dedicated 64-bit optimizations).

 

Specifications

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2014, September 30

Status

Available. Released 2014, October

BODY

Dimensions

144.8 x 72.1 x 8.6 mm (5.70 x 2.84 x 0.34 in)

Weight

156 g (5.50 oz)

Build

Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame

SIM

Single SIM (Micro-SIM) or Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

DISPLAY

Type

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.0 inches, 68.9 cm2 (~66.0% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

540 x 960 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~220 ppi density)

PLATFORM

OS

Android 4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to 5.0.2/5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android 5.1 (Lollipop) - G531F

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 (28 nm)
Spreadtrum SC7730 (Value Edition)

CPU

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (Value Edition)

GPU

Adreno 306
Mali-400 (Value Edition)

MEMORY

Card slot

microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Internal

8GB 1GB RAM

 

eMMC 4.5

MAIN CAMERA

Single

8 MP, f/2.4, AF

Features

LED flash, panorama

Video

1080p@30fps

SELFIE CAMERA

Single

5 MP, f/2.2

Video

1080p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.0, A2DP

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

NFC

Yes (G530F, G530FZ models)

Radio

FM radio

USB

microUSB 2.0

FEATURES

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

   

BATTERY

 

Removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery

Talk time

Up to 17 h (3G)

Music play

Up to 75 h

MISC

Colors

White, Gray, Gold

Models

SM-G5306W, SM-G5308W, SM-G5309W, SM-G530BT, SM-G530F, SM-G530FQ, SM-G530FZ, SM-G530FZ, SM-G530H, SM-G531F, SM-G531H, SM-G530T, SM-G530W, SM-G530Y, SM-G530AZ, SM-G531Y, SM-G530T1, SM-G531M, SM-G530A, SM-G530M

SAR EU

0.28 W/kg (head)     0.33 W/kg (body)    

Price

About 140 EUR

TESTS

Performance

Basemark OS II 2.0: 520
Basemark X: 1904

Display

Contrast ratio: 756 (nominal), 1.935 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 63dB / Noise 60dB / Ring 68dB

Audio quality

Noise -95.0dB / Crosstalk -93.9dB

     

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