Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) is turning out to be a major hit among Sammy lovers running on a budget. The phone packs a huge display screen, capable specs under the hood, runs the latest Marshmallow OS and has a favorable price tag.
However, this does not make it any easy for the Galaxy J7 (2016) edition, especially when there is a 2015 Motorola Moto X Play standing in the way. So, how does these two really compare in terms of the specs they have to offer? Let’s dig a little deeper.
If price is indeed your major issues for turning to the budget Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) or the Moto X Play, you may prefer the former due to its slightly cheaper price tag. The J7 (2016) is valued at about $240 whereas the Moto X Play has a price tag of about $255. Despite the differences in price, the two handsets have quite a lot in common, something that can make your life quite hard when trying to choose between the two. But we’re here to help you in such cases.
The Galaxy J7 (2016) and Moto X Play have screen sizes of 5.5 inches, however, where the former has a 720p HD resolution, the latter has a 1080p Full HD resolution. This means you get crispier views on the Moto X Play as compared to the J7 2016. If you live in Asia or China to be specific, you will come across a Galaxy J7 (2016) handset that features a 1080p display screen. This equals the 403ppi pixel density that you get on the Moto X Play.
Processing power and software
The Moto X Play was unveiled in 2015 and as such, it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. However, the phone is eligible for a Marshmallow update, which is the OS that comes with the Galaxy J7 (2016) out of the box. To ensure that things run smoothly, the Galaxy J7 (2016) packs an octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC that is paired with a RAM of 2GB. There are, however, some variants in Asia that have a RAM of 3GB.
As for the Moto X Play, you get a slightly older Snapdragon 615 SoC, which is still an octa-core, but has a slightly faster clock speed of 1.7GHz as compared to the 1.6GHz you get on the 617 SoC of the J7 (2016). The two use the same Adreno 405 GPU and have 16GB of onboard storage, although the Moto X Play adds a 32GB variant. In terms of RAM, the Motorola phone gets the same amount as the Samsung handset.
Camera and battery life
When it comes to the camera, the Moto X Play looks to be far ahead of the Galaxy J7 (2016). The former has a 21MP snapper on the back that features an aperture of f/2.0, dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, and auto-HDR, among other features. On the other hand, you get a 13MP rear snapper on the Galaxy J7 (2016), but with a slightly larger f/1.9 aperture, LED flash and HDR. There is no PDAF, but the phone makes up for this by adding an LED flash on its 5MP selfie camera, which also comes with the same f/1.9 aperture.
On the contrary, the Moto X Play has a 5MP selfie camera with a smaller aperture of f/2.2. As for the battery capacity, Samsung went for a huge 3300mAh removable battery for the Galaxy J7 (2016), but the Moto X Play has an even better 3630mAh unit. However, the latter is not removable, but it adds fast charging technology, which is not found on the 2016 Galaxy J7.