Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro I8552 full Specifications, Review & Price: Quad-core Android @16K

Samsung has recently launched another mid-range Android phone with the popular ‘Grand’ branding; featuring a quad-core processor with 1GB RAM & 8GB internal storage. It’s Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro I8552 which also known as Samsung Galaxy Win I8550 outside of India. The pricing of this device is very attractive, at this moment, it’s available at only 16,300 Rupees in the leading Indian stores, competing Micromax Canvas HD, LG Optimus L7 II dual & LG Optimus L9. This smartphone sports a 4.7” TFT display with WVGA resolution, 5MP AF camera with a VGA front camera & a good 2000 mAh battery. Samsung has cut down the price of the Grand Quattro by featuring the low end Cortex-A5 processor & mediocre Adreno 203 GPU. Just check the full Specifications below with the Review side-by-side.

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Galaxy Grand Quattro

 

Key Features
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A5 processor, Adreno 203 GPU, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage
  • 4.7 inches TFT display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution @199 ppi pixel density
  • Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS with brilliant TouchWiz Nature UX UI
  • 5 MP AF camera with 720 x 480 recording, VGA front camera
  • 2000 mAh  battery
  • Dual SIM support with ‘Smart Dual SIM’ functionality

Market status: Available, released – May, 2013

Specifications
DISPLAY Size 4.7 inches (11.94 cm) Good display size for a smartphone. The resolution is WVGA which makes small texts look a little bit pixelated from a shorter distance, but it’s not bad at all. In fact from a normal distance, it looks very good; vivid color reproduction & pixel smoothness make the display look very soothing to the eyes.
Technology TFT, 16M colors
Resolution WVGA ie.480 x 800 pixels @199 ppi
Type Capacitive, Multi-touch (5)
EXTERIOR Dimensions 133.3 x 70.7 x 9.7 mm (5.25 x 2.78 x 0.38 in) The dimensions are excellent for a smartphone; galaxy grand I9082 seems a little bit oversized. One hand handling feels nice. The front look is extremely good – simple, bright & smart. This phone feels great in hand because of its perfect weight & size.
Weight 143.9 gm (5.04 oz)
Ports & Keys Home [hardware], Menu & Option keys, front camera (front), Volume rocker (right), Power key (left), 3.5 mm jack (top), microUSB port (bottom), Camera with flash (back)
Sensors Proximity sensor
Colors Ceramic White, Titan Grey (Galaxy Win)
PROCESSINGPOWER Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5 At last you are getting a quad-core processor on a lower mid-range device, though it’s of mediocre quality, but still it’s better than the dual-core processor on Galaxy Grand I9082. The GPU is not up to mark for hard-core gaming, but what more can you expect from a 16K Rs phone.
GPU Adreno 203
MEMORY System Memory 1 GB RAM Very good RAM, Internal memory is also good for a phone in this category.
Internal Storage 8 GB
Expansion microSD up to 64 GB
SOFTWARE OS Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Almost latest OS version with a brilliant & intuitive user interface.
User Interface TouchWiz Nature UX UI
CONNECTIVITY SIM Mini SIM, Dual slot (GSM+GSM) Standard connectivity options with dual SIM dual standby support. Basic 3G speed which is a big disappointment for the 3G users.
Operatingfrequencies GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzUMTS – 900, 2100 MHz
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Bluetooth V3.0
USB microUSB v2.0
NFC No
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
CAMERA Primary 5 megapixels Decent image quality for a device in this category. Video recording is not up to the mark. Overall the camera rating is 4/5 considering the price.
Secondary 0.3 megapixels
Video Up to 720 x 480 @30fps (Primary), VGA (secondary)
Flash Single LED
Features Auto focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
BATTERY Capacity  2000 mAh  Li-lon Good battery back-up. You will get at least a full day battery back-up with normal to heavy uses, 1.5-2 days without wireless on.
Talk Time Up to 11h (3G)
Standby Time Up to 210h (3G)
OTHERFEATURES
  •  ‘Smart Dual SIM’ calling (receive calls from SIM 2 even if you are busy on a call over SIM 1)
  • ‘Smart stay’
  • Face unlock
  • Shake to update, turn over to mute, tilt to zoom gestures
  • Music square
  • Google Now
  • Memo app & S Planner
Though this phone shares a lot of nice features of the TouchWiz UI on Galaxy Note 2 & Galaxy Grand duos but a lot of key features are missing. This phone is basically an improved version of the Galaxy S Duos, not Galaxy Grand duos.
SAR INFO 0.26 W/kg (head), 0.67 W/kg (body) [US]0.12 W/kg (head) [EU] Far below the limit.
PRICE Approx. 16,000 INR ~ 260 USD Very attractive pricing, value for money rating 4/5

 

Strong points : Very simple & intuitive user interface with a number of similarities with the premium TouchWiz Nature UX UI of Galaxy Note 2. This phone feels very good in hand. The large display size & very fast best-in-class processor, 1GB RAM & 8GB storage make this device a very good value for money device for the mid-range Android phone seekers.

Weak points : The TouchWiz UI on this Galaxy Grand Quattro is not the full-fledged version of the UI you got on the original Grand I9082.  There are a lot of nice features of the UI missing on this device starting from the lock screen. The Adreno 203 GPU isn’t good for high end gaming & though the processor is quad-core, it’s a mediocre Cortex-A5 processor with low performance. Camera is a big disappointment.

Suitable for those people who are looking for a large display Android Phone with a simple & intuitive user interface, good look & decent sound quality without shedding that much money.

 

Other options: LG Optimus L9, Samsung Galaxy Grand I9082, Sony Xperia Ion, LG L7 II dual

 

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