Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro Review: A Lazy Quad-Core Phone

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro is a quad-core phone inspired from Samsung Galaxy Grand. The Korean manufacturer was worried if it would get kicked out of the Quad core race for mid-range phones. So, they launched this phone with the USP of a quad-core processor.

 

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The 4.7″ phone is available within the price range of INR 16,000 to INR 17,000. Let us find if the phone stands as promised.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro

Pros and Cons

• Display
• Camera
• Brand Value

• Lacks secondary mic
• Doesn’t support Auto Brightness
• Repeated Galaxy Design
• Video Player

What does the Retail Package come with?

  1. The Handset & a 2000mAh Li-Ion battery.
  2. USB Cable, USB charger.
  3. Headphones with extra ear buds.

User Experience

i. Design: The Galaxy Die Cast

First impression on the Galaxy Grand Quattro is just like another Galaxy piece. I will not waste much of my time in writing about the design of Quattro. It has the same old repeated Galaxy design with flimsy plastic back panel & a thick chrome plated bezel on the sides.

The 143.9g phone, with 9.7mm thickness, does not look much sturdy. At the back, rear camera is placed at the centre whereas the LED flash & Speakers are on its either sides.

Proximity Sensor & front camera are located on the RHS of the earpiece grill. Samsung has taken care of the SD card here. SD card & SIM2 are Hot Swappable.

ii. User Interface: Stock Samsung Taste

The UI is similar to that in Galaxy Core or Galaxy Young– Samsung TouchWiz UI 2.0. The touchscreen as well as the 2 capacitive buttons are lag free.

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Quattro also had those standard Samsung additions to the phone- Smart Stay, Blocking Mode & Motion- Smart Alert, Shake to Update, Turn over to Mute/Pause.

iii. Display

Galaxy Grand Quattro has an acceptable 4.7 inch LCD Capacitive touchscreen. The resolution is as low as 480×800 pixels giving a pixel density of ~199ppi.

Inspite of poor resolution the screen would not break your heart. Samsung adds some spices to the screen so that it looks good even at low resolutions. If you don’t like saturated colors on your screen then you will probably end up hating Samsung displays.

The colour & sharpness of the screen is average. Screen is very reflective & the light sensors are not provided hence you’ll have to manually adjust the brightness levels according to your surroundings.

Viewing angles of the device are not as good as that provided by the OGS display phones (Xolo Play & Iris 504Q). The corners of the screen could be reached but at the cost of losing the grip.

iv. Typing

Portrait mode typing could be very easy using the inbuilt Swipe mode. Landscape mode typing is very decent.

I like the Swipe to Call/Message feature in Samsung devices. The dialpad keys are huge & add to contacts option is available there.

v. Browsing

Grand Quattro comes with a stock android browser as well as Chrome browser. The stock browser supports multiple tabs as well as incognito mode.

Pinch to zoom & double-tap zoom works well with the stock browser. Saturated colours in the display make the overall browsing experience great.

vi. Extra Features

Camera

Quattro maintains its promised camera standards. The 5MP primary camera captures pictures with a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. The Auto-focus is very responsive.

It has 4x zoom but the picture quality degrades after 2x. The zoom slider is missing in the UI. The camcorder mode doesn’t support zoom. It records 480p videos at 30fps. The UI of the camera is standard as found in other Galaxy siblings.

The low light shots are too grainy. The intensity of the flash is very high & produces whiteness in the pictures captured. The best shot function selects best shots out of 8 continuous shot images.

The panorama mode is average as it did not stitch images faultless. HDR, burst shot & beauty shot modes are good.

Camera start-up time 1.2s
Shutter Lag 1s

Camera Interface:

Camera Samples:

Multimedia: Six Feet Below Expectations

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro Speaker

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro Speaker

Samsung doesn’t provide very good audio levels in their Galaxy devices. The audio quality is inferior to the Galaxy Grand but better than Galaxy Core. The music player supports mp3, aac & wma formats.

The video player highly disappointed us. Firstly it did not support flv & mkv formats (supports avi & mp4). Talking about the video quality- it can play only upto 480p videos. Adios to those 720p & 1080p movies.

The stock player present in the device takes very long to seek the video. This problem is annoying but could be solved using MX player. The video player has Video Trim feature; but it works only for mp4 videos.

This could not be expected from a quad-core device where you’re shelling out 16GRANDs. Overall multimedia of this phone is a heap of disappointment.

Hardware Performance: Not Worth the Name

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro has Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset sporting a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5 quad-core processor. It has Adreno 203 GPU & 1GB RAM.

These numbers seems to be sufficient for a lag-free smartphone; but the phone doesn’t stand to the numbers. Unexpectedly, the phone lagged many times during our multi-tasking test.

Playing games followed by some browsing will make the phone as sluggish as a snail. Surprisingly, video play also added up to the lag in the phone.

This is a huge disappointment after what the manufacturer markets the phone to be a great multi-tasking quad-core phone. This is why you should read “Why We Are Different?

Start-up Time 67s

 

Benchmark Score
AnTuTu 11339
Quadrant Standard 4620
Nenamark 2 43.4 fps
Sunspider 0.91 1880.1 ms

Pre-installed Apps & Games

Useful Apps- Chrome, Memo, S Planner.

Extra Apps- All Share Play, ChatON, Group Play, Samsung Apps.

Games- No Games pre-installed.

Connectivity options

What it has- 2G, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, GPS, USB 2.0.

What it misses- USB OTG, HDMI and NFC.

Battery: Made for Tundra Region

The battery of the phone is a huge disappointment. The 2000mAh Li-ion battery gets heated up every now and then.

Playing videos, playing games, running benchmarks, etc. everything makes the back of the phone HOT. Well, I exaggerated using the word Tundra Region; but this is not expected from the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro with Battery & back panel

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro with Battery & back panel

 

Final Verdict

Not To Be Trusted

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro is marketed to be its cheapest quad-core smartphone. The phone is expected to perform lag-free. But it does not stands up to the mark.

The battery gets heated up easily & the multimedia is a great disappointment. The design & the user interface are not at all innovative. Only the camera & display could be taken as positive points. I would not recommend this phone. Look for better alternatives.

Buy Galaxy Grand Quattro now.

AlternativesSony Xperia L, HTC Desire X Dual SIM, LG Optimus L7 II, Micromax Canvas 4, Xolo Q1000S,  Nokia Lumia 720.

  • A Die-Hard Samsung Fan
  • Looking for a better service center Network

  • A Movie Buff
  • A Music Lover
  • Looking for a lag-free phone
  • Allergic to heated phones 😉

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro/Win Specifications:

Hardware

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro GT-I8550 (aka Samsung Galaxy Win)

Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
Processor (CPU) 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A5
GPU Adreno 203
RAM 1GB
Display Type TFT LCD Capacitive
Size & Resolution 4.7 inch, 480x800pixels (~199 ppi)
Primary Camera 5MP, AF, LED Flash, 2592×1944 pixels, 480p Video @30fps
Secondary Camera VGA
Android OS Android 4.1.2 JellyBean
Battery 2000mAh Li-Ion
Memory Internal- 8GB (User Available- 4.78 GB), microSD card upto 32GB
Connectivity USB Yes
EDGE Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi with Hotspot & Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth Yes (v3.0)
GPS Yes
Dimensions 133.3×70.7×9.7mm
Weight 143.9g
Sensors Accelerometer, Orientation, Proximity & Magnetic (No Light Sensor)
Dual SIM Yes
Colors White, Grey
Online Price Rs. 15,900

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23 Comments

  • saurabh says:

    Hey…there I want android device specialy for gaming and good camera ……and good performance…..under 16000.. please tell me ?

  • Amitosh Kumar says:

    Went through the review, I dont think Quattro is as bad as reviewed by jurists. Some of my friends are using the same. They say its perfect smartphone and value for money.

    • Anand Karwa says:

      It looks like a value for money smartphone if you go by the specs but if you use it then it doesn’t feel like a quad-core processor based phone. It simply doesn’t stand upto the quad-core expectations as it has an old chipset.
      We run some tests (dont confuse it with bencharking apps) to check the performance of the phone and rate them accordingly. Sometimes it even happens that a dual-core processor is better at multi-tasking than a quad-core beast.

      What would you prefer- a phone with good specifications or a phone with great performance?

      We advise you to NOT GO BY THE SPECS alone.

      I hope that it will clear your doubts.

      • Amitosh Kumar says:

        Hi Mr Anand
        Well, i have understood your point and dropped my plans to buy quattro, still looking for alternatives.
        Thanks for your valuable inputs and suggestions.
        Regards
        Amitosh Kumar

    • Ajeesh Nair says:

      I brought this mobile 9th June 14, since the phone is working good. I download lots of games and apps all are working good. No problem or lag facing yet. It is good phone as per my experience.

  • ambrish kachhia says:

    how’s the battery performance of Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro

  • Amitosh Kumar says:

    Hi Mr Anand
    Today just walked in Samsung smartphone cafe at Patna. I just asked about Samsung quattro, they didnt have any one of them. I asked when it will be available. They told they will not bring as there is some serious problem with Quattro, as it hangs now and then and also battery heats up quite often. And by the way what you pointed out in your review reflected the truth about Quattro.
    I applause you and all your team to be so clear and true about your reviews.

  • naveen says:

    Hi Mr.ANAND.
    Im willing to buy a mobile with in the range below 15000. With a good camera clarity and good multi-tasking.
    PLEASE SUGGEST ME A GOOD ONE PLEASE…..

  • ranija says:

    what is the currnet cost of this mobile ,if any one of you purchased recently .
    and is there any update information about the recent problem inoccured with this phone

  • shravz says:

    so mr.anand..
    you would say that this phone is not a best choice for buying??
    so can u please suggest me a good phone in a range of 16000.
    and how is samsung galaxy s4 mini..

  • Rahul U says:

    Hi , By reviewing the posts on flipk**rt web site i have finally decided to buy Samsung Galaxy Quattro I8552 , but since i saw the post on your web site i am confused whether to buy it…?? Can you please suggest best phone in 15000/- K.

  • manish says:

    oh really I dnt think so I hav been using it since 1 year I do a lot of multitasking and gaming still I didn’t face any lag or phone heated up anytime

  • harshit bhandari says:

    Well I found this review useless
    I bought this phone on 1st of june 2013 never found any such heating problem
    Lazy quad core… .
    U serious or kidding around
    I am a professional in this field and haven’t found any such problems
    I would highly recommend this phone
    Even there are better options but for the price u pay
    U getting a beast

  • Joby says:

    I’m using this phone. I didn’t face any problems while multitasking or while playing games. It is a good phone for me.

  • shubham says:

    sir I have grand quattro and wanted to know if it supports smart cover feature or not…

  • hartwinder says:

    Very true review…. people who havnt used anyother phone may feel ok…but in reality dual core do perform better then this phone..
    The lag is pathologically insane…may be samsung saved money on excuting other functionality of this SOC …totally not worth the price …I wonder why the price is still 13000 in2015… it shud be 7000/8000…

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