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Motorola recently released the company's flagship smartphone Moto X (via Flipkart) in India.

The new Moto X, said to be the most feature-rich mid-range handset in the market, is set to take on the Samsung's new Galaxy Grand 2, which replaced its predecessor and company's bestselling Galaxy Grand in early January this year.

Prospective consumers who are planning to upgrade their old entry-level smartphone with an upper mid-range (₹20,000 plus) category handset, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and Motorola Moto X might interest you.

Here is a brief comparison of Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and Motorola Moto X:

Design and Design:

Samsung's smartphone flaunts a rectangular design, (less curvy than its predecessor) and its plastic based rear-side is disguised under the faux-leather stitching with chrome finish around the bezel.

Galaxy Grand features a 5.25-inch HD (1280x720p) TFT LCD screen with pixel density close to 280 ppi (pixels per inch)

On the other hand, Motorola Moto X boasts one of the unique design languages in the smartphone market; its sloping edge near the corners, the bump in middle and its 4.7-inch body makes up for a perfect combination for one hand usage and also helps users have a comfortable hold on the phone.

The Motorola phone features energy efficient AMOLED display with pixel density of 329 ppi and also boasts of special water repellant nano-coating inside and outside.

Processor, RAM and Storage:

Galaxy Grand 2 houses the 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU. It is aptly backed by 1.5GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt memory with options of expanding it up to 64GB via microSD card.

Whereas the Moto X packs a faster 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. Don't jump to conclusion yet; thanks to custom Motorola X8 Mobile computing system architecture, the phone also incorporates additional two special utility cores - one natural language processor core and a contextual processor core, which enables the phone to perform some great tricks, no other high-end phone in the industry can boast of. 

Natural language processor powers the 'Touchless Control' feature of Moto X, the phone's mic are always active waiting for user to say the trigger phrase 'OK, Google Now' to perform functions like setting an alarm, put reminder on the calendar, ask direction on Google map, play music and many other operations without having to use the finger. 

Whereas, the Contextual processor with help of motion sensors, enables smartphone be self aware of the environment to display time or any notifications on the screen. The device will know when the user takes the phone out of his pocket, or picks up the phone from the desk near to him and then display lights up to show the time or any pending notifications without having to unlock the phone. [This feature is similar to 'Glance' applications seen on the Windows Phone 8 OS powered Lumia smartphones]

Moto X also ships with four-core Adreno 320 graphic engine, bringing the core-count to eight and is aptly backed by a sumptuous 2GB RAM and 16GB/32GB (in select markets only). Only downside of this Motorola phone is that it lacks microSD, consumers have to be content with the limited memory.

Mobile Operating System:

In this aspect, both the devices stand even as they both run on the same ubiquitous Google Android platform sans running on different OS version.

However, it is to be noted that Moto X is the first smartphone to roll out of Motorola after it got acquired by Google in 2012. The influence of the search engine giant is noticeable in this phone as it ships with almost pure Android stock OS with value added features like Advanced Support (to remotely lock and wipe phone data) and Motorola Assist, which can intuitively know that the user is driving a vehicle and to avoid distraction, the phone automatically reads out messages and also auto-reply to a call with a text message.

On the other hand, Galaxy Grand 2 comes with Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS  with bloated TouchWiz UI out-of-the box.


Samsung smartphone packs an 8.0-megapixel camera on the rear-side and a 1.9-megapixel HD camera on the front.

Though Galaxy Grand 2 features pretty much same camera specifications seen in its predecessor, the company compensates by loading the new phone wtith enhanced photo-editing tools like Sound & Shot, Continuous Shot , HDR, and others like Beauty Face, Best Face, Rich Tone (HDR), Panorama, Sports and Night enhance the photography experience.

Moto X, on the other hand, houses a 10.0-megapixel CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) camera, LED flash, Full HD 1080p video recording ability and 2.0-megapixel front camera with full HD 1080p video recording ability. 

Another interesting part of Motorola phone is that the device boasts of 'Quick-Capture' feature where in, users can launch the camera in a matter of few seconds just by flipping the device twice horizontally and start snapping pictures in less time.

(Note: higher pixel number in camera does not guarantee good photo, it depends on the type of lens and aperture size, wider the better)


Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 made its India debut in January with a price-tag of ₹22,999, now it can be purchased for a little over ₹21,000 in some online stores and local brick-and-mortar shops.

As of now, Motorola Moto X is only available via Flipkart for ₹23,999 (plastic models) and have to shell out additional ₹2000 for wooden panel (teak and walnut) models.

(Edited by Vanilla Sharma)

Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and Motorola Moto X:


Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Motorola Moto X


5.25-inch HD TFT screen with 1280x720p resolutions

4.7-inch AMOLED (RGB) screen with HD 720p display resolutions,

Pixel density : 316 ppi


Android v4.3 Jelly Bean

Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS (KitKat update released)


1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 series Cortex A7 quad-core processor

1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core CPU with one natural language processor core and a contextual processor core

(custom Motorola X8 Mobile computing system architecture)


Adreno 305

Adreno 320 (four-cores) graphics engine




Storage capacity

8GB, expandable up to 64GB

16 GB (non-expandable)


Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, Auto-focus

Front: 1.9-megapixel HD camera

Main: 10.0-megapixel CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) camera, LED flash,

Full HD 1080p video recording

Front: 2.0-megapixel camera with full HD 1080p video recording ability 



3G & 4G-LTE


2,600 mAh

2200 mAh,

Power back-up close to 24 hours


Bluetooth v4.0, Dual-SIM, GPS+GLONASS, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), USB v2.0, 

Water-repellent body coating, Bluetooth v4.0 LE + EDR, USB v2.0, Wi-Fi :802.11 a/b/g/n/ ac (dual band capability), GPRS, EDGE


146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm

Height: 129.3 mm

Width: 65.3 mm

Curve: 5.6-10.4 mm


163 g

130 g

Price (MRP)


All color variant made of plastic costs ₹23,999, Wood-panel based smartphones -  Teak and Walnut variants costs: ₹25,999