Just like the current crop of smartphone users, the manufacturers have also been bitten by the selfie bug. In the past couple of months, we saw many devices that give more priority to the front camera as compared to other features on the device. We saw even many mid-range devices offering excellent front cameras. HTC recently launched the One Eye for selfie lovers. Sony took this selfie thing very seriously and put a flash along with the front camera. With the Samsung Galaxy Prime, they have gone ahead and joined the selfie game.

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This new device, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime isn’t high end by any standards. It sits right in the mid-range where there are a lot of other devices and the competition is tough. Along with the selfie centric camera, this one features a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset which is a 64 bit SOC. Apart from these two features, there is nothing about this device that would stand out. You will find many other devices in the same price bracket that would offer better features. The device would be priced around 15K in India. We take a closer look at this new device to see what it is like.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Features:

Design

The device comes with a 5 inch display so it isn’t very small. It is 144.8 mm tall and 72 mm wide. One handed operations won’t be possible for everyone though that doesn’t mean it is hard to handle. The slim profile helps handling. It tips the scale at 156 Gms which is heavier than most 5 inch devices. Though with Samsung devices we have observed that the weight distribution is generally good making the devices easy to handle. The design is what you would find on many other Samsung devices. It is a simple rounded rectangle with flat strip flowing around the device. On the front face you would find the physical home key and two capacitive keys. One of them is back key and the other one is app switcher. The back is what we saw on the Galaxy S3 or S4 or any other Samsung device. Overall the design is uninspiring and there is not much to differentiate this from other Samsung devices.

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Display

We were disappointed with the design of the device and we were even more disappointed with the display of the device. It has got a 5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display. The display size is okay but the resolution is pathetic. Many devices priced below this device offer semi HD displays while this one has got qHD resolution. With the 540 x 960 pixel resolution, the density is just 220 ppi. It is even lower than what you would get on budget devices like Lumia 520 or Moto E which is really bad. They should have gone for at least a 720p display. With such a low pixel density, you can easily spot the pixels on the display. The screen content looks hazy and small texts are hard to read. You can spot individual pixels if you look closely. While browsing internet on this device, you would have to zoom in again and again to read the text properly. They haven’t said anything about the protection of this display so it would be advisable to get a screen guard. The colours being displayed are decent though not very saturated. Viewing angles on these displays aren’t exactly very impressive and with a large display, this issue might be noticeable easily.

Hardware

You get something fresh to see here. It runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset which hasn’t been seen on many devices yet. It is a low cost 64 bit chipset recently announced by Qualcomm. It has got a quad core processor with Cortex A53 cores having a maximum clock speed of 1.2 GHz. It has got Adreno 306 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. The hardware is reasonably powerful to handle your everyday jobs and a mild amount of gaming. There won’t be any noticeable lags though the Samsung’s home brewed Touch Wiz software is a bit slow. The benchmarks scores also put it right in the middle of smartphone hierarchy. You get the usual set of connectivity options that you see on mid-range devices, no NFC, no 4G. You get 8 GB of internal storage and it has got a micro SD card slow which supports up to 64 GB of storage. It is powered by a 2600 mAh battery which is really huge considering the hardware which shouldn’t be very power hungry.

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime comes with an 8 megapixel primary camera which has got autofocus and comes with a LED flash. Like most other similar cameras, this one can record full HD videos at 30 fps. The camera is just what you would expect on a mid-range device. Itisn’t bad but it would fail to impress you. It is the front camera that would impress you. On the front they have put a 5 megapixel camera which comes with an 85 degree wide angle lens. They are calling it the selfie phone so this was required here. The wide lens would allow you to capture more area with the front facing lens. There are some software additions as well that would help the shooting. It has got a groupie feature so that you can shoot group photos.

Verdict

While the smartphone seems decent on paper, there are a lot of things that would push you away from this device. It has got the typical Samsung family design which even the Samsung employees have started to hate now. Then the pricing is steep for what is on offer. We might have given this device a second thought if it was priced below 10K but not with this price tag. And even for that money you get a pathetic qHD display which isn’t acceptable at all. If you are looking for smartphones with good front camera, you can consider devices like Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus or Micromax Canvas Nitro.

Author Bio: The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications  Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for the readers to make an informed buying decision.