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The Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos remains as one of the first phones to offer dual Sim compatibility in a device that had a large touch screen.
Based on several high-end Samsung phones, this was launched in late 2012 to immense success. Unsurprisingly, many companies have caught on this trend. Gionee is one among them. Their latest launch is the Elife E7 Mini, which may not offer a ‘phablet’ style display, but it still comes with a very good one.
The 4.7 inch display on the Elife E7 Mini is slightly smaller than the Galaxy Grand Duos’ 5 inch display. However, every aspect of the Gionee device is better and this starts with the resolution where the use of 720p resolution sees the device dominate in terms of detail. Despite its large display, Samsung provides only 480 x 800 pixels. This, coupled with the fact that the phone does not employ any high-end technologies like IPS panels or Super AMOLED displays mean that it is quite average in terms of the display. The Elife E7 Mini uses an IGZO capacitive screen.
Both phones do not offer the stock version of Android, as they decide to provide their own versions of user interfaces on top of the operating system. Samsung comes with the familiar TouchWiz UI that has been seen in several phones. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Samsung phones right now, users will find little difficulty in getting used to the Galaxy Grand Duos. The competing phone uses the Amigo 2.0 version on top of the Android version 4.2.2. Disappointingly, both phones do not offer support to the latest 4.4 version of the operating system. Samsung initially shipped with the 4.1 version, but it was later provided the 4.2 update that it still carries.
Performance is average of the Samsung device due to the dual core processor that is clocked at 1.2 GH. It also does not use any high-end graphics processing unit. The Elife E7 Mini may use a Mediatek octa core processor coupled with Mali GPU, but it is still not blazingly fast enough.
Both devices are relatively well equipped in terms of connectivity, but the Samsung slightly edges in front. It has features like Wi-Fi hotspot and DLNA in addition to the usual connectivity features like Bluetooth and USB.
Battery life is average on these two devices due to smaller batteries coupled with a large display. The Galaxy Grand Duos comes with a 2100 mAh battery which can provide better standby times. However, it cannot compete with the better talk times on the Elife E7 Mini, which has a 2200 mAh battery. Interestingly, the Gionee device suffers with lower standby times although the use of hibernation apps like greenify can help in this regard. Prices of the E7 Mini in the international market range around $280 while the remaining stocks of the significantly older Galaxy Grand Duos are priced at around $220 for the unlocked versions.