Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Prime is something of a middle of the road handset, despite the device name. It is based around a 5.0-inch display featuring a qHD resolution, which should not be confused with QHD: qHD means a resolution of 540 by 960 pixel resolution rather than the 1,440 by 2,560 pixel resolution of QHD as seen on flagship devices. A qHD resolution on a 5.0-inch display means the device screen has a sharpness of 220ppi, which is rather low for a mid-range device in 2015. However, the Galaxy Grand Prime designers spent their development money elsewhere rather than bringing customers the sharpest screen. Under the chassis, the Grand Prime comes with a 64-bit, quad core, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 410 comes with the Adreno 306 GPU, which is more than enough to drive the screen. Around the back, there’s an 8MP rear camera complete with a LED flash. And at the front, customers may enjoy a wide angle 5MP front facing camera capable of 1080p recording. The Galaxy Prime runs Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat under Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and is kept powered up by a 2,600 mAh replaceable battery. And the Galaxy Grand Prime has proven to be a successful Galaxy device, as it offers a respectable core specification combined with a reasonable price tag.
We have seen rumors that Samsung were preparing a Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition, which would be powered by a Marvel System-on-Chip but otherwise have similar hardware. The rumor pointed to the device running Android 5.0 Lollipop under the TouchWiz interface. However, it now appears that the rumor was incorrect as a device has been benchmarked, which is believed to be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition but instead of a Marvel heart beating under the skin, there’s a Spreadthrum SC8830 processor instead. That Samsung is using a lesser processor to power a device with the words, “Value Edition” in the name as this is an easy way to save costs. And Samsung already has an existing relationship with Spreadthrum as we’ve seen a number of their lower smartphones and tablets powered by a Spreadthrum SoC. This particular Spreadthrum SoC is a quad core, 32-bit ARM Cortex-A7 based processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.3 GHz, backed up by the same 1 GB of RAM. According to the Geekbench scores, it shows around two-thirds of the processor performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, although GSMArena is careful to point out that the test results are from a website user having submitted them and of course, the tested devices are running a different version of the operating system.
All the same, it appears that Samsung may have selected the Spreadthrum System-on-Chip for its low cost rather than high performance. We don’t have any release information including the likely cost of the Value Edition device, but it’s a fair bet that it’ll be a cheaper handset compared with the normal variant. Not to mention, recent rumors suggest a possible next month launch time. However, this is a developing story and as such, always open to change.