The mid-range line-up of Samsung Galaxy J smartphones was introduced last year after the company seemingly did away with the Mini series, with the likes of Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015) coming to life.
This year the Korean company has moved ahead to refresh this smartphone, coming in with what is now the Galaxy J5 (2016). While many are familiar with the upgrades that Samsung adds to its flagship lineup, not so many are familiar with this new line of smartphones from the company. If you are one of these people, you have come to the right place as we’ll be comparing the two smartphones – Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2015) to try and bring out their differences.
It is really hard to tell the two phones apart when looking at their display. However, a keener eye will reveal to you that last year’s model is slightly smaller than this year’s model. While Galaxy J5 (2015) has a screen size of 5.0-inches, you get 5.2-inches with the Galaxy J5 (2016). However, the smaller screen gives a better pixel density of 294ppi as compared to the 282ppi you get on the 2016 variant. Both panels are Super AMOLED with 720p HD resolution.
Processing power and storage
The similarities between these two seem to be more than the differences. Other than the resolution, you also find some similarities under the hood. Both phones use a quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC that is clocked at a speed of 1.2GHz and is supported by an Adreno 306 GPU. However, there are some differences on the side of the RAM and onboard storage. While you get 1.5GB RAM on last year’s variant, this year saw Samsung step up the RAM to 2GB.
As for the onboard storage, you can still get some Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015) variants with 8GB and others with 16GB, however, the 2016 variant only packs 16GB. Still, both units allow users to expand the storage via a microSD card of up to 128GB.
On the software side of things, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) has the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board while last year’s variant is powered by Android Lollipop.
Camera, battery capacity, and price
Both Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015) and Galaxy J5 (2016) have the same camera specs, boasting a 13MP main camera with LED flash and f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP sensor on the front. However, the 2016 model rocks a much better battery capacity of 3100mAh as compared to the 2600mAh used on the Galaxy J5 (2015).
As far as the pricing is concerned, you will get Galaxy J5 (2015) for a fee of about $170 whereas this year’s variant is priced at slightly over $200.
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) comes with a new mode for bikers. When activated, the bike mode will send you a notification that there is an incoming call and at the same time send another alert to the caller that you are busy riding a bike. The app will only allow for the call to proceed once you stop riding the bike, hence, it is better at minding your safety than the 2015 model.