We get so wrapped up in the flagship devices that it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the entry and mid-level devices that come out each year. After all, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, the Galaxy Note 5, the new Nexus and LG G4 Pro (Note), as well as others will all hit us the second half of this year. Samsung, for one, has been pumping out other smartphones as well, such as the Galaxy Grand Prime that was announced last September. It has recently shown up on several US carriers and our source was informed that it would be landing in Canada in the immediate future on TELUS and other carriers to target first-time smartphone buyers. It is hard to believe that many people still do not own a smartphone - many older users could care less about accessing the internet or paying monthly data fees, however, family pressure to share photos and texts are making some full-feature phone users thinking twice about purchasing a smartphone. This is where the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime comes in - a sensible size display, 64-bit processing and just enough memory for Mom and Dad.
The Galaxy Grand Prime spots a 5-inch qHD TFT display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels with about 220 pixels-per-inch...no AMOLED display in this price range. Its processing power comes from a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz coupled to 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage - but there is a microSD card slot to add an additional 65GB of storage. The camera rolls in at 8MP with autofocus and an LED flash. The front-facing camera is large at 5MP, which is great for selfies and video chatting with family and friends.
Of course, it comes with the usual Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, 4G LTE, an FM radio and a microUSB port for charging and data transfer. A 2600mAh battery provides power to the Galaxy Grand Prime. It was running Android 4.4 KitKat when first launched in October, but our source has the Canadian offering running Android 5.1 Lollipop. It measures 144.8 x 72.1 x 8.6 mm and weighs in at 156 grams. It will cost you $50 on a two-term or $250 off-contract.