Lately, it seems Samsung has prioritized sending out timely monthly software updates to its budget phones compared to its flagship lineup.
Just today, we saw the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy J1 Mini Prime receive updates that install the January 2018 Android security patches ahead of the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. In fact, it’s only now that those in the UK are getting December 2017 Android security patch on their Galaxy Note 8 handsets, which is pretty strange for a phone that costs north of $900.
Joining the Galaxy A5 2017 and Galaxy J1 Mini Prime in getting the update to January 2018 Android security patch is the Indian variant of the Galaxy J7 Max. With less than a year on the market, it’s not strange that Samsung is working to keep the J7 Max up to date. The latest version comes with build number G615FUDDU1AQL4 and is still based on Android Nougat, the OS that came preinstalled on the phone.
Of course, we expect to see the Galaxy J7 Max receive an update to Android Oreo, but unlike the monthly software updates that are rolling out on time, it may take months before the new OS hits this midranger. Looking at Samsung’s smartphone repository, it’s obvious that the Galaxy J7 Max is behind in the pecking order, which means it’ll have to wait for the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy A series to be updated to Oreo first before it joins the party.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is one of the few Sammy devices that come with a MediaTek processor, the Helio P20. But the rest of the specs are nothing strange in the company’s ecosystem. These include a 5.7-inch TFT screen with a Full HD resolution, 4GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and 13MP shooters on both the front and rear cameras. As you would expect, the phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner, bundled Samsung Pay Mini and a decent 3300mAh battery unit.