I remember the dilemma faced by me while buying a new smart phone the last January. Samsung, the market leader didn’t have a good range of midrange smart phones which fit my budget (Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000) well. Samsung now seems to be filling this gap very fast. First came the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, which was a smashing hit. Yesterday, Samsung has released yet another mid range smart phone called the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro to take on its rivals. The price of the new smart phone is Rs 17,290. And looking  at the features for the price at which it is offered, there is little doubt that it will be very well received in the Indian market like its elder cousin.

In this post I will be comparing the Galaxy Grand Quattro with another hot Android smart phone in the market, the Sony Xperia L (Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro vs Sony Xperia L). Both these handsets are targeted at the price conscious Indian customers looking for a decent smart phone for a reasonable price.

Quattro works on the Android 4.1.2 while the Xperia L works on the Android 4.1. But both the handsets will surely get an upgrade to the Android 4.2 as and when it becomes available. But when it comes to speed, the Quattro beats the Xperia L head on. While the former is fitted with a 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor the latter runs on a 1 GHz dual core processor. Both the devices have a full one GB of RAM. This makes the Quattro more capable at playing graphic intensive 3D games and at running multiple apps at the same time. Quattro has a bigger 4.7 inch display than the 4.3 inch display of Xperia L making it more suitable for watching videos and browsing the Internet. But there will be no difference in the quality of the screens as both have the same resolution of 480 x 800 (WVGA) pixels.

In the battery department, the Quattro has a high powered 2000 mAh battery than the 1750 mAh battery of the Xperia L. The additional battery power will not translate into any extra standby and talktime for the Quattro as the bigger display and faster processor will surely consume more power. Both the phones have the same 8 GB of internal memory (expandable by another 32 GB) and similar connectivity options.

Some of the areas where Xperia L dominates the Quattro is its design, mulitmedia, and camera. Xperia L has revolutionary design borrowed from the Arc with a concave back and a flashy front panel. On the other hand, Quattro’s design looks rather staid and dated. Xperia L’s 8 megapixel camera can caputre better quality pictures than the Quattro’s 5 megapixel snapper. Xperia L also has better multimedia features in the form of xLoud audio experience and the BRAVIA Mobile Engine.

So the winner is obviously Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro (Quattro). It offers more value in the form of higher power processor and bigger screen for a lesser price than the Xperia L. At Rs 18,990, Sony Xperia Llooks over priced despite its better design and camera.