Samsung Galaxy Win Review

Samsung, Galaxy Win, Galaxy Quatro
Price:
14990.00

Reviewed by:
Rating:
3.5
On September 10, 2013
Last modified:September 10, 2013

Summary:

The phone has a low display resolution compared to the other Dual SIM Android smartphones in the similar price range, it has pixel density of 198 ppi, slightly better than the Grand Duos. The performance its good without any lags. The phone runs on Android 4.1 out of the box which is a good thing, but some software features that were present on the Grand Duos including the Multi-window, Direct Call, Pop up Video and S Voice. Video recording at 480p resolution and the lack of ambient light sensor is already satisfactory.

The Samsung Galaxy Win is also known as the Grand Quattro. It sports a similar design as the other Samsung Galaxy phones. It has curved corners and chrome finish all around. It runs on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. This is the first device from Samsung to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 200 8625Q processor. Let’s dive into the complete review

Samsung, Galaxy Win, Galaxy Quatro

Samsung Galaxy Win Specs:
4.7-inch WVGA (480 x 800) TFT display, 199 ppi
1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 processor
Adreno 203 GPU
1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 64GB
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
Dual-SIM
5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash
720p video recording @ 30 fps
VGA front camera
HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 3.0
FM Radio
2000 mAh Li-Ion battery
133.3 x 70.7 x 9.7 mm
143.9g
SRP: Php14,990

 

Hardware

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The Galaxy Win has a 4.7-inch capacitive touch screen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and 198 ppi pixel density. The phone comes only in White color. The Samsung Galaxy Win flaunts a design similar to that of Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Samsung, Galaxy Win, Galaxy Quatro

There is a large ear piece above the display and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. The proximity sensor is present right next to the camera. The phone has Accelerometer and Digital Compass, but it misses the ambient light sensor and the gyro sensor.

Samsung, Galaxy Win, Galaxy Quatro

It is 9.65 mm thick just 0.05mm thicker than the Grand Duos. The volume rocker is present on the left side.

Samsung, Galaxy Win, Galaxy Quatro

There is a large home button below the display, usually seen on Samsung smartphones.

Samsung, Galaxy Win, Galaxy Quatro

On the right side there is a power button. also There is a tiny microphone hole on the bottom next to the micro USB slot. At right side near the audio jack. There is a Qualcomm sticker on the top since the Qualcomm SoC in the phone has a built-in 3G modem.

The phone has chrome finish on the sides. It looks like metal, but it is actually plastic.

Software

The phone runs on Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) with Touchwiz user interface and has nature UX with all the usual sounds. The home screen shows the weather widget, a Google search bar with voice search and shortcuts. You can add up to 7 pages on the home screens. You can press and hold on the home screen to change the wallpaper, add apps and widgets or create a folder.

There is an option to call or send a message using either SIMs in the dial pad and the SMS compose screen since this is a dual SIM phone. The new Samsung Keyboard is similar to the stock Android 4.2 keyboard that lets you just glide to input text. Other keyboard features includes, predictive text input, character preview and more. It doesn’t offer haptic feedback.

Performance and Benchmarks

The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8625Q processor with Adreno 203 GPU. Performance of the phone is good when compared to others smartphones in the similar price range. Games were smooth, since the GPU is not powerful, it lacked some details.

Quadrant Benchmark

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AnTuTu Benchmark

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Camera

It has 5 megapixel camera and a good LED flash .The camera UI is exactly similar to the Grand Duos including quick shortcuts on the left pane to switch camera, flash settings, shooting mode, add effects and more. It lacks zero shutter lag so it takes few seconds to capture the image. The 5-megapixel auto focus camera takes decent shots in daylight. The phone has LED flash for low-light imaging. There are different shooting modes (Single Shot, Face detection, Panorama, Share Shot, Buddy photo, Beauty and Smile Shot). There are different effects (Black and White, Sepia and Negative). There are different Scene modes. Other camera features include, enable GPS tag, option to adjust the white balance, exposure value, Metering mode and ISO. It also has option to edit shortcuts in the side pane.

Battery

The 2000 mAh battery lasts for a day with few hours of music, few images, calls, SMS and browsing over 3G. You can use the power saving mode that optimizes its  power consumption, screen frame rate and brightness to improve the battery life. Battery life is slightly better than the Grand Duos.

Connectivity

The connectivity features include, 3G (HSDPA: 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA: 5.76Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 3.0 with A2DP and GPS. It has DLNA support to stream content to near by DLNA supported devices. The AllShare Play which is now called Samsung Link lets you share the content with other smart devices easily. You can enable the Kies via Wi-Fi enables in the connectivity settings to connect to the Kies app on your PC if you are connected to same WiFi network. It doesn’t have WiFi Direct or NFC support.

Verdict

The phone has a low display resolution compared to the other Dual SIM Android smartphones in the similar price range, it has pixel density of 198 ppi, slightly better than the Grand Duos. The performance its good without any lags. The phone runs on Android 4.1 out of the box which is a good thing, but some software features that were present on the Grand Duos including the Multi-window, Direct Call, Pop up Video and S Voice. Video recording at 480p resolution and the lack of ambient light sensor is already satisfactory.

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