The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a device that was able to tap very effectively into public demand for larger-screened smartphones, but its position could very well be threatened by the emergence of the 5-inch 1080p screen as the effective standard for this year’s flagship handsets. Now, we’re going to pit the Galaxy Note 2 with the Grand S, a 1080p smartphone from the relatively obscure Chinese manufacturer ZTE.
The single biggest difference is, of course, the screen. The Grand S packs a 1080p resolution in 5 inches of space, giving it a higher resolution and pixel density than the Galaxy Note 2. In contrast, the Samsung handset has the advantage in sheer size, thanks to its 5.5-inch display. As a result of their large sizes, neither device is that easy to slip into a pocket.
Still, the Grand S claims that it’s the thinnest smartphone in the world, thanks to its 6.9mm thickness.
Underneath the hood, both handsets pack quad-core processors. The Grand S has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with a 1.7GHz clock speed, while the Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 processor. 2GB of RAM is standard all around.
Meanwhile, these two devices trade victories in storage space and camera equipment. The Galaxy Note 2’s 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage options definitely trump the Grand S’ single 16GB option, even considering that both devices can support microSD cards. However, the ZTE claws back the victory when it comes to camera. The Samsung’s 8-megapixel main camera is no slouch, but it still loses out to its competitor’s 13-megapixel unit.
Despite this, the two devices are nearly evenly matched in terms of their operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The main question here is which manufacturer’s user interface overlay is preferred.