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Models pose for photographers with Samsung's latest flagship smartphone - the Galaxy S Series smartphone - during its launch event at the company's headquarters in Seoul April 25, 2013. (Credit: Reuters)

Hyderabad based Celkon Mobiles on 8 May launched the affordable phablet A119Q Signature HD in India, further intensifying the price war among domestic and MNC companies.

Celkon's new smartphone packs better features than Micromax's most popular smartphone A116 Canvas HD, raising the bar above its Indian counterparts. But it remains to be seen if Indian brand A119Q Signature HD can match upto the MNC Samsung Galaxy Grand.  

Here is the brief comparison of main specs between Samsung Galaxy Grand and Celkon A119Q Signature HD:


Samsung's Galaxy Grand sports a 5.0-inch LCD display with 480x800p display resolution and a paltry 187 ppi (pixels per inch) pixel density. Celkon A119Q Signature HD as the name suggest sports a 5.0-inch screen with an impressive high-definition 1280x720p display close to 294 ppi.


In terms of power, Galaxy Grand loses points for its dual-core processor with 1.2GHz CPU speed compared to Celkon smartphone's more powerful and efficient quad-core processor with 1.2GHz CPU speed.


Galaxy Grand sports an 8.0-megapixel main camera with auto-focus and LED flash support with Full HD video recording capability and a 2.0-megapixel front facing camera. On the other hand, Celkon smartphone houses a much impressive 12.0-megapixel rear-side camera with flash support and goes a notch up with the 3.0-megapixel camera on the front.

Mobile Operating System:

In terms of mobile OS, both Galaxy Grand and A119Q Signature HD run on the same Android mobile OS Jelly Bean. But, it has to be noted that the Samsung smartphone runs on v4.1.2 Jelly Bean (v4.2 update is awaited), whereas Zen smartphone runs on the latest Android OS version 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

In terms storage, RAM, battery capacity and network connectivity features, both smartphones have similar features with negligible differences.


MNC brand Galaxy Grand is priced ₹19,500, whereas Indian made A119Q Signature HD holds a price-tag of ₹12,499, almost ₹7000 less than its rival.

Adding woes to local manufacturers, as a tactical measure to attract thrift middle class buyers, Samsung has begun an innovative TV ad campaign to promote Galaxy Grand and other Galaxy devices with special incentives to attract middle-class buyers with a slew of initiatives such as EMI (Easy Monthly Installment) with zero percent interest rate and free flip covers with each smartphone.

Here is a breakdown of comparison between Samsung Galaxy Grand and Celkon A119Q Signature HD [Spec Wise]:


Samsung Galaxy Grand


Celkon A119Q Signature HD


5.0-inch WVGA TFT LCD display with 480x800p resolution

5.0-inch HD screen with 720x1280p resolution

Display (pixel density: 294 ppi)


Android v4.1.2 OS (Jelly Bean)

Android v4.2.1 OS (Jelly Bean)


1.2GHz Dual-core processor

Quad-core MTK 6589 processor

with 1.2GHz clock speed





8GB, expandable up to 64GB

4GB, expandable up to 32GB


Rear side:8.0-megapixel with LED Flash and Full HD recording

Front side:2.0-megapixel camera

Rear side: 12.0 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash support

Front: 3.o -megapixel camera


2100 mAh

2100 mAh


2G & 3G

2G & 3G