It’s been long rumored that Samsung is working on an entry-level smartphone in its Galaxy Grand Prime – series. Successor to the Galaxy Grand Prime that was launched in 2014, the new Galaxy Grand Prime+ has been launched in Russia. However, there is another smartphone called Galaxy J2 Prime which bears the same model number as the Galaxy Grand Prime+ — SM-G532. It is essentially the same smartphone with a different name, which is market dependent. One of the key highlights of the smartphone the front-facing 5-megapixel camera with selfie flash, and it runs on Android Marshmallow OS. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
Spotted by winfuture.de, the smartphone is available for purchase via third-party online retailer OnlineTrade in the Russia. It is priced at RUB 9,990, which is approximately Rs 10,200 in India. The smartphone will be available in pink, gold and black color variants. As of now, there is no word on when Samsung plans to bring the smartphone in India and other markets outside Russia. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime+ (Galaxy J2 Prime) specifications
The smartphone features a 5-inch IPS qHD (540x960pixels) display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6737T quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. With 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for further expansion up to 256GB is also present. Reports suggest that outside Russia, the smartphone may be offered with 2GB of RAM and 16GB / 32GB storage options.
In the photography department, the smartphone sports an 8-megapixel at the rear with LED flash and a 5-megapixel snapper with LED flash at the front for selfies. Armed with a 2,600mAh battery, the smartphone includes connectivity options such as 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi. On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. While it is also anticipated to receive Android 7.0 Nougat update sooner or later, it remains to be seen if Samsung actually updates the smartphone or not.
The Galaxy Grand Prime+ looks like a major upgrade over the predecessor. The Galaxy Grand Prime was powered by a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, however this time Samsung has opted for a MediaTek processor. While the Galaxy Grand Prime ran on Android KitKat and had 1GB of RAM, its successor runs Android Marshmallow and comes with 1.5GB of RAM. On the photography front, the smartphone sports an 8-megapixel camera at the back with LED flash. It also featured are 2,600mAh battery and connectivity options like 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.
At its current price tag, the smartphone will face fierce competition with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Coolpad Note 5, and Moto G4 Play. One of the main drawbacks of the Galaxy Grand Prime + or Galaxy J2 Prime is that the smartphone does not feature a fingerprint scanner which has now become a mandatory feature in all smartphones. Even a smartphone priced at Rs 2,999 (Reliance Digital Flame 5) supports Voice over LTE feature, but it seems to be missing from this Samsung smartphone.
The Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, and is powered by Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor paired with 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, or 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. It also features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture up front. It includes connectivity options like dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. On the software front, it runs on Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. Armed with a 4,050mAh battery, it is priced at Rs 9,999 for 16GB storage and Rs 11,999 for 32GB storage varaint.
Priced at Rs 10,999, the Coolpad Note 5 flaunts a 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM. On the camera front, the Note 5 is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. For selfie lovers, there is an 8-megapixel snapper with LED flash. Coolpad‘s smartphone too comes with a fingerprint scanner placed at the back below the camera. It also comes with a 4,000mAh battery.
The Moto G4 Play is priced at Rs 8,999 and features a 5-inch HD (1280×720pixels) display, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor paired. The smartphone also comes with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. In the photography department, the smartphone is equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 4X digital zoom and 1080p video recording capabilities. Up front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with display flash. The Moto G4 Play also features a 2,800mAh battery.