The mid-range offering from Samsung has been refreshed in the last few months following the launch of the Grand Neo and the Core Advance.
These two devices may be separated by only a couple of months, but they hold enough differences to make them stand out on their own.
In terms of design philosophy, the Galaxy Grand Neo and the Galaxy Core Advance are almost similar. However, the biggest change between the two devices is the square approach on the Galaxy Core Advance. The Galaxy Grand Neo features rounded edges that are distinct and make the phone look like a successor to the Galaxy S3. The Galaxy Core Advance also joins in the list of one of the few smartphones to feature physical buttons to control major aspects like back and task manager.
This is presumably given in order to capture the market that has become saturated with a lot of phones that feature touch sensitive buttons. The Galaxy Grand Neo sticks with the design philosophy of a single large home button flanked by two touch sensitive buttons. The phone also features a chrome strip running across the edge of the device to give it a premium feel.
Physically, the Galaxy Grand Neo is a much larger device due to its 5.01 inch display that is similar on paper – in terms of size – to the one found on the higher end models like the Galaxy S4. However, it offers a lot in terms of resolution too, because it packs in only 480 x 800 pixels. At times, it suffers in pixel density, but users should be satisfied on the whole given that it provides such a large display. They will be able to take advantage of the multimedia capabilities quite easily.
In contrast, the Galaxy got advanced features and a slightly smaller 4.7 inch display that also comes with the same resolution. This smaller footprint helps the device be slightly small and this may appeal to some. Further, it also weighs a little less than the Galaxy Grand Neo.
Since the Galaxy Grand Neo comes with a very powerful quad core 1.2 GHz processor, it is able to run the android 4.2 operating system without a sweat. The same OS is found in the Galaxy Core Advance too, but since it comes with only a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, there is likely to be some performance dip in comparison with the Galaxy Grand Neo.
One of the aspects in which both phones are similar is the camera, which is a five megapixel shooter that offers features like autofocus, LED flash, and Geotagging. The interface of the camera is familiar for those who have previously used Samsung phones and its TouchWiz user interface. The Galaxy Grand Neo boasts of 720p HD video recording – a feature that is absent on the Galaxy Core Advance.
The Galaxy Grand Neo retails for $240 while the Galaxy Core Advance is priced at $300.
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