Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Philippines Price, Specs, Antutu Benchmark Score, Release Date, Features

2014 midrange release, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, features a number of considerable enhancements from last year's ubiquitous and rather successful first generation Samsung Galaxy Grand phablet.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Philippines

Design-wise, not only is the new Grand slimmer and thinner (albeit weighing just the same) but it now flaunts a back cover with faux leather texture and side-stitching similar to that of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 compared to the previous Grand's high gloss finish reminiscent of the SGNote2.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Philippines

In terms of specs, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 comes replete with a larger 5.25-inch HD TFT display versus just 5-inch 480 x 800 pixels on the 2013 model. Interestingly, the Korean company simply kept the same 8 MegaPixel main camera at the back with autofocus and LED flash and the 1080p 30fps Full HD video recorder with torch light. Users will also get largely the same 1.9 MegaPixel frontcam (versus 2 MP on the first Grand) for rather clear selfies.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Philippines

As for the innards, SGGrand2 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system skinned by TouchWiz user interface with a Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU based Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8226 chipset, handles multitasking with 1.5 GB of RAM, and has 8 GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card slot. In my opinion, this is a relatively small improvement from its predecessor's Dual Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU and VideoCore IV GPU based Broadcom chipset, 1 GB of RAM, and the same 8 GB of expandable ROM.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Philippines

Nonetheless, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2's innards combine to give it a decent Antutu Benchmark Score of 16,551, which - on paper - puts the device between Google Nexus 4 and HTC One X in terms of overall performance. Note, however, that this score is still far lower compared to that of Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note2, the dual flagship releases of the Korean Giant from way back in 2012.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 Philippines

So should you upgrade to Grand2 from your first generation Grand? Well, if you ask me, the most noticeable improvements you'll get are mainly the slightly bigger high definition display and the updated design identity. If you don't care too much about those, then don't upgrade yet or get a more aspirational model with far better specifications than your current device like Samsung Galaxy S4 or Samsung Galaxy Note 3. But if your budget is rather tight and you still want a phablet upgrade, then you might want to check out releases by local companies and O+ USA with similar - if not better - specifications but with a lower SRP.

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 is now available at all Samsung Concept Stores and retail partners across the archipelago. You can get it in three colors - namely Black, White, and Pink - for Php 16,990.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm
Weight 163 grams
Available Colors White, Pink, Black
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Display 5.25 inches (~280 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8226 chipset
RAM 1.5 GB RAM
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 64 GB
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1.9 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, TBD for front camera, stereo surround recording
Audio and Video Playback MP4, WMV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable Li-Ion 2,600 mAh battery
Uptime 370 Hours of Standby, 17 Hours of Talk Time
Value-Added Features Refreshed Design, HD display, TouchWiz UI, SNS Integration
Announcement February 2014
Availability February 2014
Price Official SRP: Php 16,990

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