Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) were recently made official following months of speculations, and we even have details on their pricing.
These two smartphones were first unveiled back in March, but their availability was only restricted to China. Earlier this month, the phones were officially unveiled in Korea and last week, Samsung made the two phones official in India.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) are coming in succeed last year’s Samsung Galaxy J7 and J5 respectively. The Galaxy J series was launched last year and it happens to be in the mid-range family. As a result, the two phones have affordable price tags of $209.07 and $238.96 respectively. At the moment, the phones can be bought in three color variants of Pearl White, Midnight Black, and Radiant Gold.
Design and display
Samsung is slowly moving away from plastic designs to metal designs and this can be seen in these two phones which feature metal frames. However, there are some slight differences between the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) variant released in China and the one available in Korea and India.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) has a larger display size of 5.5 inches while the Galaxy J5 (2016) features a 5.2-inch screen. Both panels are Super AMOLED with screen resolutions of 720p. The variant released in India and Korea comes with an HD display and 2GB RAM while those living in China will have a 3GB RAM and Full HD display variant.
Processing power, camera and battery life
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is the lower-end version of the two phones featuring a Snapdragon 410 SoC clocked at a speed of 1.2GHz and is supported by an Adreno 306 GPU and a RAM of 2GB. You get 16GB of onboard storage, which can also be expanded using a microSD card of up to 128GB. To keep the phone going is a 3100mAh battery unit.
As for Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016), you will get an Exynos 7870 SoC clocked at a speed of 1.6GHz. This processor is supported by a Mali-T830 MP1 GPU and a similar RAM of 2GB. You will still get 16GB of onboard storage on this model, which can also be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. To keep the phone powered is a slightly larger battery unit of 3300mAh.
Despite the differences the two phones have, both are installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box and they have support for 4G on LTE Cat. 4. Other similarities include a 13MP snapper on the rear and a 5MP selfie camera. In addition, the two phones are equipped with a feature known as S Bike mode – a feature that prevents bikers from talking over the phone when actively riding a bicycle.