Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime VS Galaxy S6

When we compare smartphones, we normally compare the raw power of smartphone hardware, most notably seen in comparisons in flagship VS flagship. But today, let’s take a look at a budget coordinated smartphone VS the likes of another smartphone, you’ll find that the difference isn’t as much as you think it is. Of course with such a big price gap, there’s bound to be some differences in hardware, quality and performance, with performance being the least affected.

Today, we’ll be comparing the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime against the 2015 Flagship, Samsung Galaxy S6.

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Let’s face off these two devices in the hardware aspect first. Right off the bat, you can see an aesthetic difference between the two. The Galaxy Grand Prime’s display consists of a qHD (Quarter HD) 5 Inch Thin film transistor, with a resolution of 960×540 and a pixel density of 220. The Galaxy S6 on the other has a big advantage over the grand prime’s display, with a 5.1 Inch, Quad HD Super AMOLED Display, with a resolution of 2560×1440, and a pixel density of 577. The display is also protected with Gorilla Glass 4 substance. The Galaxy Grand Prime’s display is known as qHD, also known as Quarter HD, one quarter of Full HD’s resolution, not to be confused with QHD, or Quad HD, which is 4x the resolution of standard HD (720) which gives the display a resolution of 1440p. The display size of these 2 devices are similar in size, with the S6 having a 0.1 Inch larger screen.


The Galaxy Grand Prime’s processor is meant for entry level, low end devices, being the Snapdragon 410 chipset, sporting 4 A53 cores clocked at 1.2GHz. The processor found inside the Galaxy S6 on the other hand, doubles the amount of cores on the Galaxy Prime. Samsung’s new Exynos 7420 chipset boasts 8 cores, 4 of them being Cortex A53 power efficient cores clocked at 1.5GHz, and the other 4 cores being performance Cortex A57s clocked at 2.1GHz. The Exynos 7420 is said to have a clear advantage over the latest Snapdragon 810 chipset, being both more powerful and more power efficient. When comparing the Galaxy Grand Prime’s Snapdragon 410 and the S6’s Exynos 7420, it’s clear that these processors are complete opposites on each other, with the 7420 being on a completely different league than the measly 410, but for a budget oriented chip, the SD410 surprisingly does the job just fine.


Samsung Galaxy S6 Hardware Specifications

  • Network Connectivity: GSM/HSPA(+)/4G LTE
  • Weight: 138g
  • Fingerprint sensor on home button
  • Display: Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Size: 5.1 Inches QHD Display (2560×1440 resolution) 577 Pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display, and Non-Removable Glass Back
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Chipset: Exynos 7 Octa 7420
  • Processor: Quad-Core Cortex A53 1.5GHz + Quad-Core Cortex A57 2.1GHz
  • GPU: Mali-T760
  • Memory: 32/64/128GB Internal Storage
  • Primary Camera: 16MP (2988×5312) w/ OIS, autofocus, LED Flash
  • Secondary Camera: 5MP
  • Battery: Non-Removable 2550mAh Li-Ion Battery

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Hardware Specifications


  • Network Connectivity: GSM/HSPA/ LTE
  • Weight: 156g
  • Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.0 inches 540 x 960 pixels (~220 ppi pixel density)
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 306
  • Memory: microSD, up to 64 GB
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM
  • Primary Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery



Another hardware aspect to compare is the camera quality. The S6’s camera stands among the best smartphone cameras in existence, and rivals that of the LG G4’s camera, being a 16MP shooter with built in Optical Image Stabilization. The camera found on the Galaxy Grand Prime is an 8MP front facing camera, which has half as many megapixels as the S6, but holds its own in terms of image quality.


Onto the final aspect of the hardware comparison, the battery. The Galaxy Grand Prime here is actually the winner, packing a 2600mAh battery, while the S6 only arms itself with a 2550mAh battery. The Grand Prime wins by 50mAh, but battery life in terms of software will either stand toe to toe with the S6 at best, or have worse battery life, because of the S6’s advantage from Samsung’s software optimization. The S6 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Touchwiz, and also has a LOT less Bloatware than the Galaxy Prime, which may result in the better battery life despite the difference in milliamps. The Galaxy Grand Prime runs an unoptimized version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, with Touchwiz UI, keeping all the Bloatware from previous generations, resulting in worse battery life.


In terms of cost, the Galaxy Grand Prime hovers around $200 US at Bestbuy, when purchased unlocked. The Galaxy S6 is priced from $700 US to $900 US for the 32GB variant, when purchased unlocked, while on-contract, the price shifts to $200 US. For such a big price difference, there’s almost no complaining with the Grand Prime, as it is aimed primarily at budget conscience consumers who aren’t looking for anything fancy, while the S6 is aimed at the luxurious consumer, paying big bucks for fancy aesthetics and powerful hardware.

About Kenny Leung
Kenny currently lives in Buffalo, NY. Where he studies computer networking & programming. He has owned a number of Android phones including the Galaxy s3, Galaxy 3 mini, Galaxy s4 mini, LG optimus 3D, and the Oneplus one which he is currently using. Kenny will likely get the Oneplus two once it is released.

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