Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime vs. Galaxy A3 – How Mid-Range Smartphones Evolve From One Year To Another

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A year ago, Samsung was releasing Galaxy Grand Prime, a smartphone with an average size and a standard polycarbonate back which looks very cheap. One year later, the Galaxy A3 was released with the same screen resolution and processor, but to compensate the obsolete specs, Samsung gave it a full metal body. So, which smartphone would you choose: the bigger Galaxy Grand Prime with a plastic back or the smaller Galaxy A3 with a metal construction?

Designs and Displays

The Galaxy Grand Prime looks like an ordinary cheap Samsung mid-range smartphone, whose back is made of plastic and it’s available in three variants of colors: White, Gray and Gold, but the frame is also made of plastic, so you’ll still need to buy a cover, to protect the sides, because in time, the paint will peel off. This device measures 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.6 mm, it weights 156 grams and its screen has a diagonal of 5-inch, being a TFT which supports 540 x 960 pixels at 220 ppi.

The Galaxy A3 is much smaller and slimmer, measuring 130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm, feeling like a feather with its weight of 110 grams, but it looks a lot more luxurious with its metallic body which is available in colors such as Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue or Champagne Gold. Its screen is using Super AMOLED technology, which makes the colors more vibrant and the contrast better. The size of the diagonal is 4.5-inch, the resolution is also 540 x 960 pixels, but the resulted pixel density is higher at 245ppi.

Hardware

Both devices were launched with Android v4.4.4 (KitKat) out of the box and now they’re upgradable to v5.0.2. Also, they share the same Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor which is backed by Adreno 306 graphics and their internal memories can be expanded up to 64GB, but the Grand Prime supports 8GB of storage and the A3 has a double capacity. Also, the Grand Prime houses 1GB of RAM, but the Galaxy A3 is a bit faster and supports intensive tasks more easily with its 1.5GB of RAM.

Cameras and Batteries

There’s not much to talk about their cameras, as they’re identical, both their resolutions and features, so the main camera is 8MP and supports LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, panorama and Full HD video capture, while the front camera has a decent resolution of 5MP.

The battery of the Grand Prime is larger, but that’s also because the phone has a bigger body, so its capacity is 2600 mAh and it provides 17 hours of talking time. The Galaxy A3 has a much smaller battery of 1900 mAh which is not removable and lasts only 12 hours in similar conditions.

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