Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 vs. Galaxy J7 Prime – What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 was released earlier this year and just this past September, Samsung followed the midranger with a new Galaxy J7 Prime.

In case you didn’t know, Samsung is the leading seller of smartphones in the world. The company’s high-end Galaxy S and Galaxy Note handsets are well-known, but there is a series of many other midrange and low-end handsets that are more of the same. The Galaxy J series started last year, with many thinking that this was a way for Samsung to end the confusion witnessed in its midrange smartphone category.

Apparently, things might be getting worse as the likes of Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime keep showing up when we already have a Galaxy J7 2016 model. So, what change did Samsung make with the introduction of the former model?

The Galaxy J7 2016 and Galaxy J7 Prime have five months between them and in fact, a Galaxy J7 2017 is reportedly in the making. But before we jump into 2017, let’s take a look at what Samsung offered in 2016.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

The original Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 was released in April and with it, you get a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with 720p resolution. There is a Snapdragon 617 SoC under the hood alongside a RAM of 2GB. You also get a storage of 16GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. Powered by Android Marshmallow, the Galaxy J7 2016 also packs a decent 13MP primary camera and a 5MP selfie sensor. The phone has a capable 3300mAh battery unit that should deliver a long battery life.

In September 2016, Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime was released. With it came a similar 5.5-inch screen size, but this time the company dropped its Super AMOLED technology in favor of a PLS TFT panel but with a better Full HD (1080p) resolution. You also get Corning Gorilla Glass protection on the display, something the Galaxy J7 2016 lacks.

The same Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow powers both phones out of the box, but the Galaxy J7 Prime has an Exynos 7870 SoC on board alongside improved RAM of 3GB and a second 32GB storage option to add to the 16GB base model. You also get a microSD card slot that can carry up to 128GB of storage. The camera area also gets a bump where the front snapper has 8MP, but the rear camera keeps the same 13MP snapper. The battery unit also remains at 3300mAh but this time, you get a fingerprint scanner on the J7 Prime.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Samsung should be releasing the 2017 edition of the Galaxy J7 very soon and according to reports, there will be minor updates under the hood. Things like a newer processor, better camera, and a surprisingly smaller 3000mAh battery have been talked about, alongside a 5.5-inch Full HD screen. We only have to wait and see if these materialize in the coming days. Stay tuned!

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