Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Review


The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is an entry-level Android smartphone manufactured and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The Grand Prime line serves as the successor to Core Prime.

It was originally launched as an exclusive product for the Pakistani market in 2014, but it was then launched the following year as an economic phone for several Asian markets. It is also available in the United States through mobile operators such as MetroPCS, Cricket, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

It is also available from Canadian providers such as Freedom Mobile, Chatr Mobile, Koodo, SpeakOut and Public Mobile.

In 2016, Samsung announced it would launch the successor to Grand Prime. It was released as the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus, known in some countries as J2 Prime.


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


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


As we have already mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime part of the phone line is larger than the resolution that has become very popular lately. That means a 220ppi, obviously not last year and this year is a deciding factor (although 720p has become more common on average).

The screen itself is a TFT 5 “QHD resolution, which is 540 x 960px, or exactly the quarter of the full 1080p FullHD screen pixels, in terms of functionality, this is not a problem, we could not find any applications that have problems with this solution He can not take full advantage of 1080p Prime Camera video on the device.

The text is smoother than higher ppi ads, and readability decreases at lower zoom levels. However, this is more of a comfort issue, the text becomes too small to read before it goes far enough to degrade due to the resolution. If you have paid a big dollar for a phone, you do not want confusion, but here we can be more forgiving.


A desktop monitor 21.5 “x 1200 px 1.920 and a portable monitor 15.6” 1366 x 768px (both very common) have a slightly more pixel density of 100ppi, hence the different display distance, think of the Galaxy Grand Prime screen is still pretty good.

The TFT specification triggered a red flag, which usually means bad viewing angles, but it turns out that this is not the case. Color and contrast change slightly at extreme angles, though it is difficult to notice. If you’ve had bad experiences with a poor quality TFT in the past, you’ll be glad to know that it’s not affected.

It’s a bit dark for our liking, we kept the glittering glider over the middle most of the time. Because there is no ambient light sensor, you can not rely on the phone automatically aligning the screen in brighter environments. This affects the life of the battery in daily use.

If you slide the slider almost 100%, the contrast also suffers, the black levels fade strongly.

The colors are a bit boring (less contrast does not help), but maybe we are spoiled by the Samsung Super AMOLED screens.



The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime is available as a single and dual SIM version. Both have 3G quad-band, while the second SIM slot only has 2G connectivity (again quad-band). Some SIM versions of the device are LTE compatible.

No WiFi on site b / g / n single band with Wi-Fi Direct support, but not DLNA. However, there is an integrated screen reflex for compatible HDTVs. Bluetooth v4.0 is also on board.

Cable connectivity is managed through a microUSB 2.0 port that has no MHL and allows wireless duplication as the only TV output option.

The Galaxy Grand Prime offers enhanced support for global positioning with its Qualcomm chipset: A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou are compatible (the latter being used in China, one of Grand Prime’s main target markets).



The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime has a solid rear camera (on paper), but is also very proud of its selfie camera. The front camera is equipped with a wide-angle lens (85 °) and a 5MP sensor. It can record 1080p video, so it’s not limited to selfie stills.

The camera on the back takes pictures with higher resolution (8MP) and also records videos with 1080p. This also has a single LED flash.

The camera’s user interface is TouchWiz standard, although some of the features of the flagship models are missing. What it has is ISO, exposure controls and white balance, image effects and geolocation. Special shooting modes include Panorama, Best Shot, Continuous Shooting, Night and Sport. Strangely, there is no HDR mode.


The switch to the selfie camera automatically brings him to beauty. The mode automatically improves the faces, but there is no slider to adjust the intensity of the effect. Another way is AGIF, which helps to share an animated image easier in Internet forums than a video.

You can take up to 20 pictures and adjust the speed and resolution of the reading. Both modes are also available for the main camera.

In terms of image quality, the main shooter of the Galaxy Grand Prime is among the best 8MP aspirations from Samsung. The dynamic range is not very large, but is intensified by intensive processing and the bright, sunlit colors often end overexposed, while the shadows remain dark. Without HDR mode, the camera has nothing to do with difficult lighting conditions.

The colors are not oversaturated, but the red channel looks (inclined to the magenta). The noise remains low, but the noise reduction is obviously very tight. Too sharp artifacts are visible. The end result has less detail than the best 8MP shooter, but that’s good for the price range.



Good video, decent sound

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime offers surprisingly high specifications for video recordings: it shoots at best 1080p at 30 fps, with a total bit rate of 17 Mbps and a bitrate of 256 Kbps (in stereo at 48kHz we only found a microphone). These are similar to the simple 1080p mode of the Galaxy S5.

The front camera uses exactly the same configuration for the video. However, high FPS modes are missing even at lower resolutions.

The video quality of the main camera is pretty good, it works better than in still images. The videos are simple and contain many details, though some compression artifacts are visible (17Mbps should suffice). Colors and dynamic range are similar to those of the fixed camera.

One thing that bothers us is that continuous autofocus is too much.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime key test results

Solid workmanship, even if the materials are not of the highest quality
The screen without IPS looks pretty good, even if it is a bit dark and has no tempered glass
Samsung has really reduced TouchWiz, maybe a bit too much
The new CPU cores work well, but the GPU is not at the top; Web browsing could have been better as well
The speaker is pretty quiet
The audio quality has proved to be good
No music player from Samsung lets you miss good features; The video player is good, but it lacks cable TV and DLNA
This is not the best 8MP camera, the best 1080p video recording
The Selfie Camera does a good job and is rightly a highlight
The software is a combination of TouchWiz / Google / AOSP, not very rich in the box, but if you use third-party applications that do not matter

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