Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone arrived in the United States last year on the same day as the premium Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones. A year and a half later, a new Samsung device bearing a similar model number has been spotted while being exported from South Korea to India for evaluation purposes. While the original Galaxy Grand Prime phone, which was marketed in the United States as a device perfect for selfies thanks to its wide-angle front camera, carried a model number SM-G531, the device spotted a few days ago bears a model number SM-G532F.
The only available specification of the new device is a 5-inch screen, which is peculiar for a device named Grand Prime. The original Galaxy Grand Prime phone arrived with a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, so it is possible that its recently-spotted successor could be a ‘Mini’ version rather than an actual one. In any case, even if the new phone, if it does arrive in the United States, is worth the same as its predecessor at $179.99, it is possible that Samsung may include some modifications to make it more powerful and competitive considering the fact that a number of Chinese phone makers are now offering decent smartphones at lower-than-ever prices. Specifications of the Galaxy Grand Prime which released last year included 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a 2,600 mAh battery, Android 4.4 KitKat on-board, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera with 85-degree field of view. The phone also packed a MicroSD slot with a capacity of 64GB, 4G compatibility and Bluetooth 4.0 support.
Zauba’s data shows that the price of this device is Rs. 6,843 per unit, which translates to just $102. However, the listing also includes a device priced at Rs. 13,686 ($204) whose screen size isn’t mentioned, which means that we may be looking at two variants of the same device here (do keep in mind this is not final pricing, not by a long shot). It will, however, be prudent to wait for further details of the device before speculating further. Interestingly, as recently as in May, T-Mobile started offering the Galaxy Grand Prime for free for a limited time to customers purchasing Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 handsets, so it might have been a way for Samsung to make buyers familiar with the phone and clear the decks for the launch of its successor in the coming days.