The Galaxy S5 is one of the most powerful devices to come out from the Korean manufacturer. Not only does it pack a powerful processor but it also gets lot of hardware additions. Along with that you get loads of software features like most other high end Samsung devices. While it is a very practical device, it fails to match the built quality offered by rival devices. On the other hand, the Galaxy Grand Prime is a large screen device with dimensions similar to the Galaxy S5 but with mid-range specifications. This is nowhere as powerful as the Galaxy S5 but then it is very affordable. Obviously the differences in these devices are huge and here we compare them to figure out if you really need to shell out lot of money for the Galaxy S5 or if the mid-range Galaxy Grand Prime would suffice for you.

Design

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Both the devices are fromSamsung and you can expect typical Samsung design on both of them. The Galaxy S5 is a high end device and just like many other high end Samsung devices, the bezels around the display are very slim. This way even with the 5.1 inch display, the size of device is well in control. The front face is typically Samsung with capacitive keys and physical home key. The home key has also got a fingerprint scanner for various applications. On the back you would find a perforated look soft feel panel. Like the Sony devices, the Galaxy S5 is waterproof and dustproof. It has got IP67 certification for being waterproof and dustproof for up to 30 minutes.

The Galaxy Grand Prime appears to be very much similar to the Galaxy S5 due to similar design and dimensions. Unlike the Galaxy S5, the back of the Galaxy Grand Prime is made out of glossy plastic. The bezels around the display are fatter but not by much. The display size is smaller by 0.1 inch which isn’t very significant. It is slightly taller than the Galaxy S5 but isn’t as wide. There is also minute difference in thickness of both the devices. The Galaxy S5 is slightly easier to handle among the two devices listed here but the difference isn’t huge. The major difference here is the 11 Gms weight difference.

Display

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The difference in display is very significant. On the Galaxy S5 you get a 5.1 inch full HD Super AMOLED display. The display is excellent and even addresses some of the issues commonly known with these displays. The pixel density is stratospheric and is even above 400 ppi. Over that you get the excellent contrast ratio, brightness levels and sunlight readability. The colours are well saturated and just in case you don’t like the colour saturation, you can choose to alter the colours to your liking.

The Galaxy Grand Prime comes with an almost similar display size but that is just it. It is not an AMOLED display like the Galaxy S5 and it is an ordinary TFT display. It has a display resolution of 540 x 960 pixels giving it a pixel density of 220 pixels per inch. It is almost half of what you get on the Galaxy S5 making and the difference is clearly visible. The display isn’t crisp and they should have gone for a higher resolution. Even budget devices like Moto E offer higher pixel density which is really disappointing. Look closely and you will be able to spot the pixels separately. Apart from the sharpness issue, the quality of display is decent though not very impressive. Obviously it is nothing as good as the Galaxy S5 but would do fine for your everyday uses.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is offered with two different hardware options. In American and European markets, this device is sold with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with the quad core processor running at 2.5 GHz. On the version sold in Asian markets, you get the version running Exynos 5 chipset. It has got two quad core processors, one running at 1.3 GHz and the other one running at 1.9 GHz. It is also very powerful and posts impressive benchmark scores. Both these versions come with 2 GB of RAM. You get 16 GB of internal storage and micro SD card slot.

Apart from this, there are some other hardware additions here that some people might fancy. It gets a heart rate monitor near the camera on the back of the device. The data from this sensor can be used by various fitness apps. It has also got a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device and this sensor is integrated into the physical home key on the front.

The Galaxy Grand Prime isn’t as powerful but it gets a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset. It is a 64 bit chipset and the processor runs at a maximum clock speed of 1.2 GHz. It gets 1 GB of RAM and runs the Adreno 306 GPU. While it won’t blow other devices out in benchmark scores, it would still manage to run your everyday apps without any hiccups and also handle fair bit of gaming. It is powered by a 2600 mAh battery which we think should be more than plenty to keep the device powered for long.

Camera

On the Galaxy Grand Prime, you get an 8 megapixel primary camera. The camera quality is acceptable and just what you would expect from a mid-range device. There is nothing very dazzling about this camera. It can also record videos in full HD. On the front, it has got a 5 megapixel camera to keep the selfie fans happy. It covers a wide range of 85 degrees so that more area is covered.

The Galaxy S5 has got an excellent 16 megapixel primary camera which comes with phase autofocus. This makes it really quick while capturing pictures. It also comes with many smart software features that give it an edge over any other smartphone cameras. If you are looking for a device loaded to the brim with technology, the Galaxy S5 is the obvious choice here.

About Author – The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications of Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for the readers to make an informed buying decision.