Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Hands On

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As part of the Galaxy J series of phones, Samsung introduced two new devices at an event in Delhi. While the Samsung Galaxy J5 marks the lower end of the spectrum, the Galaxy J7 is the larger of the two. Like the J5, the J7 too focusses on premium build quality and design. In turn, the internal specifications aren’t particularly cutting edge. We spent some time with the handset and this is what we thought. 

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) specifications

  • 5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display
  • 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 128GB with microSD
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Dual SIM
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture
  • 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash, 120-degree wide-angle lens
  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 76 x 7.8mm; Weight: 170g
  • 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
  • 3300mAh battery

Compared to the Galaxy J5, the J7 is a much larger phone but then that’s a given due to the 5.5 inch display. Once again, the design is fairly reminiscent of the A series of phones by Samsung and for that matter countless other Samsung devices. Below the display is a single hardware button with two capacitive keys on either side. The hardware button acts as the home key but unlike most of it’s contemporaries, it lacks a fingerprint scanner in it.

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A metallic frame runs around the handset and feels great to hold in the hand. The ergonomics on the Samsung Galaxy J7 are entirely on point and so is the tactile feedback of the volume rockers. There are small design flourishes all around and all in all, the Galaxy J7 is a pretty decent looking phone.
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There’s not much going on at the back of the phone other than prominent 4G branding proclaiming that this device supports high speed data networks. The J7 is a dual SIM phone as well. In terms of internals, there’s 2GB of RAM accompanying the 1.6Ghz Octa Core Exynos 7870 processor which kept things moving around nice and smooth in our brief amount of time with it. Of course, we’ll know more once we’ve got our full review ready. In built storage on the phone is 16GB and this is expandable by up to 128GB. A 3300 mAh battery has also been provided which should ensure a day or more of usage time from the Galaxy J7.

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Priced at Rs. 15,990; the Samsung Galaxy J7 is a visually appealing device that is a decent performer to boot. It might not win benchmarks scores against its competitors but it can’t be denied that Samsung has nailed it on the design front and there’s also the wider support network that is appealing to many. Got questions about the Samsung Galaxy J7? Let us know in the comments below, we’ll have a review up for you soon.

Author: Dhruv Bhutani

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