Samsung's Grand lineup, in its short history, has been all about two things: screen size and dual SIM support on a shoestring budget. With screen real estate getting cheaper all the time, Grand phones are targeting fans of big screens who aren't looking to break the bank to have one.
The latest installment in the lineup, the Neo, brings the Galaxy Grand to an even more competitive price point, although understandably, that required a few sacrifices.
But just how good is a Neo going to be when it comes to the Grand concept? Let's take a closer look at the specs, and how they're different from the original Galaxy Grand.
The big screen aside, the Grand Neo is decidedly an entry-level device, even more so than its predecessor used to be at launch. As you can expect at this screen size, the WVGA resolution is stretched rather thin resulting in a paltry pixel density of just 186 ppi.
The phone has a Broadcom chipset similar to the ones Samsung has been putting into its lower tier of devices, except this time it's of the quad-core variety. It's the first time we're dealing with a quad-core Broadcom CPU in a Samsung, so we're curious to see how it fares when stacked up to its dual-core counterpart in the original Galaxy Grand. Keep in mind that on the Neo we have a Cortex-A7 vs. the Cortex-A9 on the original.
The processor is where the upgrades end compared to the Galaxy Grand. In fact, moving to the camera department you're greeted by a 5MP primary shooter capable of 720p video, and a VGA front-facer that's even less impressive. This is a marked step down from the 8MP fullHD shooter on the original Grand.
Keep in mind that our review unit is of the single SIM variety, but the differences between the two versions of the Neo is marginal boils down to a slight difference in battery life due to the two active radios in the Dual SIM variety.
Up next we'll take a closer look at the hardware features of the Galaxy Grand Neo.