Samsung fails to impress with new 4G smartphones

Samsung today launched three 4G enabled smartphones in the market — Galaxy Grand Prime 4G, Galaxy Core Prime 4G and Galaxy J1 4G.

Incidentally, all these smartphones are the near copy of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The main difference is the matte finish and metal sides. Samsung, which is struggling to compete with Apple globally and Micromax in India, could not even reveal a revolutionary smartphone with a metal body.

Since Samsung was unveiling its latest smartphones ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, there was wide spread expectation that Samsung will bring an innovative product for the 4G smartphone market.

All these smartphones will be available starting Rs 9,990 onwards and will be hitting Indian market from second week of March. The pricing for each model will be confirmed closer to launch.

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Here’s a comparison of the three smartphones:

The Galaxy Core Prime 4G sports a 4.5-inch WVGA TFT LCD display with 480×800 pixel resolution, while the Galaxy J1 4G features a 4.3-inch WVGA TFT display with 480×800 pixels.

The Galaxy Grand Prime has the largest 5 inch qHD TFT display with 540×960 pixel resolution.

All the three smartphones are powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, but the chipset is not specified by the company.

Both Grand Prime and Core Prime smartphones have 1GB of RAM, while the J1 smartphone has the lowest 768MB RAM. All three of them run on the same Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

Talking about the camera, both Core Prime and the J1 4G boasts a 5MP rear camera with LED flash. The Grand Prime 4G on the other hand has a 8MP rear camera with LED flash.

The Grand Prime 4G also has a better 5MP front facing camera, compared to 2MP front camera of Core Prime 4G and J1 4G.

All three smartphones have 8GB of internal storage capacity and microSD card support.

Both Grand Prime 4G and Core Prime 4G supports 64GB external memory, whereas the J1 4G’ memory can be expanded to 128GB.

Apart from 4G LTE support, these smartphones offer Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, and 3G.

The Galaxy Core Prime is fuelled by a 2000mAh battery, while the Galaxy J1 4G is juiced up by a 1850mAh battery. The Galaxy Grand Prime has the biggest 2600mAh battery on board.

The Galaxy Core Prime with matte body finish with metal sides will be available in Charcoal Grey, White, and Silver colours, while the Galaxy Grand Prime 4G will be available in White and Grey colours and J1 4G will be available in Blue, Black and White colours.


Vishal Kawadkar


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