Samsung has turned out to be a no-nonsense OEM when it comes to smartphone designs. Previously accused of using cheap plastic material even on its flagships, the tech giant has recently changed to glass and metal for its flagship phones with a good number of its mid-rangers coming in with stylish metallic builds.
However, don’t get your expectations too high with the Galaxy J5 2016 because apparently, it lies in the entry-level market, with the likes of Galaxy A5 2016 well above it in the pecking order. As a result, you will come across a plastic chassis that features an elongated home button, but the body appears curved on the side edges.
The phone features a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Given the nature of AMOLED display panels, the Galaxy J5 2016 promises to deliver vibrant colors and ultra-high contrast.
Under the hood, the Galaxy J5 2016 packs a Snapdragon 410 SoC that is backed by an Adreno 306 GPU and a RAM of 2GB. You get expandable storage of 16GB, with the microSD card capable of holding up to 256GB. For file transfers and battery charging, you get a microUSB port and the phone also supports USB OTG. Speaking of batteries, the J5 2016 has a decent 3100mAh unit that should keep it running for a full day or even more with nonstop 3G usage.
Being a budget phone, Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 comes with a 13MP snapper on the back which has no OIS, but you will get a LED flash, autofocus, and f/1.9 aperture. The front part has a 5MP snapper with the same aperture as well as a LED flash to ensure you get the best selfies even when in the dark. Software-wise, the Galaxy J5 2016 comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, but the usual TouchWiz UI is running on top of the stock version.
In Samsung Galaxy J5 2016, you have a device that delivers on almost all fronts – be it style, performance, display quality, features, among others. This is especially when considering that the handset is a budget offering.