Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus
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About the Phone
Go for the Galaxy Grand Prime Plus only if you’re looking to waste INR 10000 on a device that will never fulfil the value for money tag. In a similar price range or even lower, you could be looking at various Xiaomi or Realme devices that provide much better specs, both on paper and in actual usage. Even as a backup handset, this phone does not offer a very good smartphone experience.
An average battery, 8 MP camera and only a 960 by 540 resolution do not help the case of the device. In all honesty, this is one phone that anyone under no circumstances should consider buying.
Also known as the Galaxy Grand Prime, or the Galaxy J2 Prime, the Grand Prime Plus is a very basic smartphone that offers minimal experience and entry-level specifications. Released back in 2016, the phone is not very powerful, and is expensive even for an entry-level budget handset. If you are looking to shell out INR 10000 on a device, you would be much better off getting another company to make your smartphones for you.
A 5-inch PLS TFT screen, 1.5 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor ensure that you get somewhat of a usable Android experience, but these specs are nowhere near enough to provide a seamless multitasking experience.
The Galaxy Grand Prime Plus feels exactly like it should- a cheap, entry-level smartphone. It has a plastic body, weighs about 160 g, and is about 8.9 mm thick at the edges. The left side houses the volume rockers, while the power button is on the right side of the device. The hardware home button is surrounded by the menu button on the left and the back button on the right. Colour options include black, gold and silver.
The Grand Prime Plus has a 5-inch display, with a resolution of 960 by 540 pixels. The screen is a PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen and is capable of displaying the standard 16 million colours. The pixel density is about 220 pixels per inch, and the screen to body ratio is at about 66%. All these numbers suggest that the display on the device is average at best, and this is exactly the case. Images aren’t too sharp, owing to the low resolution and the low pixel density, therefore, consumption of multimedia on this phone is not going to be a joy. The phone display isn’t even HD, so do not expect any sharp images or visuals.
Powered by a MediaTek MT6737T SoC, with a quad-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU and a Mali T720-MP2 GPU, coupled with 1.5 GB of RAM, the Grand Prime Plus is by no means a phone meant for heavy usage. Low RAM, a poor chipset, and only 8 GB internal memory make the phone usable only for light, everyday tasks.
Consumption of multimedia is sure to be a headache in this one. The GPU isn’t near powerful enough to run intensive games like PUBG and Modern Combat, so do not even bother trying. The low RAM also adds to this factor. The phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which is outdated in itself.
The rear camera of the Grand Prime Plus is of 8 MP, with an f/2.2 aperture. It can record 720p videos at 30 fps and features an LED flash at the back for those low light pictures. The camera quality is satisfactory, therefore, do not expect iPhone or OnePlus-like images with this device. It is by no means a camera phone, and the shooter is only enough to get the job done. The same is the case with the 5 MP selfie camera, with decent performance aided by an LED flash at the front as well. The selfie camera has a wide lens to help squeeze in those group selfies.
The phone is powered by a lithium ion, 2600 mAh battery, but it is removable from the device, which is a welcome change from typical smartphones in the market. 3G talk time is up to 12 hours with this battery, and the low capacity does not do any wonders to help the case of the phone. The device might last a day with barely any usage, and the lack of fast charging does not help at all. The battery life on this phone is just as one would expect it to be- average, maybe even slightly below average.
The Galaxy Grand Prime Plus is an entry-level, supposedly budget smartphone that costs more than most budget smartphones out there. Below average specs, an average camera, no multitasking possibilities, and a dull screen round off the phone, which might only be useful as a backup, calls-only Wi-Fi enabled device. If you want a smartphone for any other reason, we would suggest looking at the plethora of other options available in the market.