Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is one of the best mid-range devices you can find in the current smartphone market. However, this is actually the most competitive segment in the smartphone market, something that means the Samsung brand name does not guarantee the J5 (2016) unprecedented success.
With the likes of Lenovo ZUK 1 already making their mark in the industry thanks to the excellent offerings on the table, it makes it even harder for Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) to pick from where its predecessor left. So, how do the Lenovo ZUK 1 compare against the Galaxy J5 (2016)? Let’s find out more.
Design and display
The two phones are both made of metal, ensuring that they get a near-premium feel that puts them closer to the flagships. However, the quality of specs on board means that they never get anywhere near the flagships.
As for the display screen, the Lenovo ZUK 1 is slightly larger with its 5.5-inch Full HD display unit as compared to the 5.2-inch HD display you get with Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016). The larger ZUK 1 has a better display quality thanks to the 1080p of resolution as opposed to what you get with the smaller Galaxy J5 (2016), which only manages 720p.
It gets even better under the hood, with the Lenovo-owned ZUK 1 featuring a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at a speed of 2.5GHz. This chipset is supported by a decent RAM of 3GB, a combination that should promise great performance from this device. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) has a less impressive quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC that is clocked at a speed of 1.2GHz and is supported by a RAM of 2GB. Given that this device is a mid-ranger, these specs are still up there above many others.
Software and camera
Despite being on the losing end during almost the entire battle, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) gets an upper when it comes to software. The phone comes with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board, contrary to Android 5.1 Lollipop that the Lenovo ZUK 1 packs out of the box. However, the losing streak continues as we enter the storage options available on both handsets. While the ZUK 1 offers 64GB of onboard storage, you only get 16GB on the Galaxy J5 (2016). In addition, the former has a better front camera of 8MP over the 5MP used on the latter, but the rear cameras are of equal megapixel count – 13MP and both support LED flash.
Battery and price
The larger Lenovo ZUK 1 gets a larger battery unit as well, featuring a 4100mAh unit as compared to the 3100mAh installed on Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016). However, the most interesting part of all is that despite the huge power that the ZUK 1 packs, it costs slightly less than the J5 (2016). The former is priced at around $200 while the latter costs about $210.