Samsung has a wide range of mid-range smartphones in the market right now. However, they are led by the likes Samsung Galaxy A series and Galaxy J series.
Of these two families, the company recently upgraded Samsung Galaxy J7 that was released last year with a new Galaxy J7 (2016). While device boasts a number of amazing specs and features, it comes in to face even stiffer competition from one of the top-end models of the Galaxy A series – Samsung Galaxy A7.
Samsung Galaxy A7 was released earlier this year and it brings to the fold an interesting set of features and specs as well; a combination that will make the Galaxy J7 (2016) sweat for its money. But how do these two really compare? Let’s find out…
Design and display
Samsung Galaxy A7 is slightly shorter than the Galaxy J7 (2016) thanks to the former’s height of 151.5mm while the latter measures 151.7mm. In addition, the Galaxy A7 is slightly thinner and heavier than the J7 (2016) with its 7.3mm and 172g as opposed to the latter’s 7.8mm and 170g, respectively.
From a distance, you might think the Galaxy A7 is the new flagship – Galaxy S7. However, it beats the latter in size thanks to its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display panel. Unlike the flagship S7, the mid-tier Galaxy A7 has a Full HD resolution of 1080p that translates to a pixel density of 401ppi. On the other hand, the Galaxy J7 (2016) has a similar screen size of 5.5 inches, but it lacks on resolution as the panel only manages an HD resolution of 720p and a pixel density of 267ppi.
Samsung Galaxy A7 is powered by an 8-core Snapdragon 615 processor and is supported by a RAM of 3GB. As for the Galaxy J7 (2016), the phone packs an Exynos 7870 and a RAM of 2GB. However, the variant first released in China comes with 3GB RAM.
Both devices offer 16GB of onboard storage, but there is room for expanding via a microSD card of up to 128GB.
Camera, battery life, and software
On paper, you won’t find any differences in the phones’ photography. There is a 13MP sensor on the back of both devices and a front facing snapper of 5MP. In addition, the battery capacities of the two are the same, standing at 3300mAh, which should mean they give the same battery life.
There are, however, some differences in the software that powers the phones. While Samsung Galaxy A7 still runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Galaxy J7 (2016) has Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board. Still, the Galaxy A7 has been listed for an upgrade to the latest Marshmallow OS, which should be somewhere during this coming summer.