Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos vs. Samsung Galaxy Core – Price and Specs comparison

Released in 2013, these two might sound a bit old but they have something special compared to their newer brothers, mainly Dual SIM capability. If you are interested in buying a quality dual SIM device these two might fit the bill. But which one is the best? Take a look bellow.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

Released in early 2013 the Grand Duos is still a well made smartphone. With its 5-inch display at 800 x 400 pixels and 187ppi pixel density, Samsung tried to provide an experience similar to the S4 but at a lower price. The Grand Duos runs on an Android 4.2.2 that fits perfectly with its hardware capabilities. With modest specs the Duos is equipped with a 1.2Ghz Cortex A9 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage (4GB user available).

It provides an 8-megapixel camera with image stabilization, face and smile detection. It can also record videos in full HD resolution. It also has a decent 2-megapixel front camera. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos offers Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and DLNA connectivity. Thanks to its HSDPA connection it can reach download speeds of up to 21 Mb/s. Not bad at all, considering the Galaxy Grand Duos is a budget solution.

  • 5-inch display, 800×480 px WVGA, 187 ppi pixel density
  • Dual SIM
  • 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor CPU
  •  Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory (4 GB user available)
  • 8 MP primary camera, 1080p@30fps full HD video recording. Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
  • 2 MP secondary camera
  • Android 4.2.2
  • microSD, up to 64 GB
  • Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • 2100mAh LiPo battery

Samsung Galaxy Core

The Core was released in June 2013, and it is very similar to the Grand Duos. It has a Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1.2Ghz Dual-core processor, 1 GB of memory, 8Gb internal memory and an Adreno 203 GPU. Samsung offered no update for the Core so it still runs the old Android 4.1.2 which might sound a bit outdated. Having only a 5-megapixel main and VGA secondary camera the Core might be considered a bit inferior when compared to devices from its category. As far as connectivity is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy Core offers micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0

  • 4.3-inch display, 800×480 px, 217 ppi pixel density
  • Dual SIM
  • Snapdragon MSM8225 S4 Play
  •  Adreno 203
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory (4.5 GB user available)
  • 5 MP primary camera, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, video recording 480p@30fps
  • VGA secondary camera
  • Android 4.1.2
  • microSD, up to 64 GB
  • Bluetooth 3.0, micro-USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • 1800mAh LiPo battery


As you can see the two are not to far from each other when it comes to specs. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos might be slightly better equipped and may seem like the better choice but the Core is also a lot cheaper. You can pick up a Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos for a retail price of around $350, while the Samsung Galaxy Core will set you back around $200-220, carrier-free. So there you have it, two quality Dual Sim devices from Samsung to fit every budget. Based on pure value, we’d recommend the Samsung Galaxy Core. There aren’t many phones that offer this much for this little. However, if you want to get a little bit more from your smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is also a solid pick.