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First Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and J5 (2016) photos show up - is that laser auto focus?

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First Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and J5 (2016) photos show up - is that laser auto focus?
Last summer, Samsung launched the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 as its first smartphones to feature front-facing cameras with LED flashes. Now, the company is getting ready to release successors to both devices, aptly called Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016).

While Samsung hasn't announced the new J5 and J7, we can take a look at them thanks to China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, which just approved both devices.

The Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016) look pretty much the same, though the J7 is larger, thanks to its 5.5-inch 1080p display (vs. the 5.2 inch 720p screen of the J5). Compared to last year's J5 and J7, the new handsets are a tad more elegant, but they're probably still made out of plastic.

The Galaxy J7 (2016) has to variants: SM-J7108 and SM-J7109. There's only one difference between them: the SM-J7108 is powered by a 1.6 GHz octa-core processor (possibly the Exynos 7870), while the SM-J7109 is powered by an unknown octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, and other four cores clocked at 1.2 GHz. That aside, the new J7 features LTE, a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera (with LED flash, of course), 3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable internal memory. Previous rumors had it that the device would pack a massive 4300 mAh battery, but it looks like there's only a 3300 mAh battery inside.

Having a smaller screen with a lower pixel resolution, the Galaxy J5 (2016) is obviously less advanced than the J7. While its cameras appear to be the same 13 MP and 5 MP ones from the J7, its processor is a quad-core 1.2 GHz one, and there's only 2 GB of RAM on board (plus 16 GB of expandable storage space).

Interestingly, both the Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) seem to have laser auto focus for their rear cameras - or at least that's what the photos that we can see below suggest. If that's true, these will be Samsung's first smartphones to feature this type of auto focus technology - which first debuted on the LG G3, but quickly made its way to various other handsets

Sadly, at the moment, the new Galaxy J7 and J5 smartphones are running Android 5.1 Lollipop. However, we hope that they'll be released with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board (whenever Samsung decides to launch them).


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posted on 02 Mar 2016, 21:18 9

1. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1206; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


These J series phones are more than meets the eye, not the best specs-to-price ratio, but the experience they give is great, also the battery life is great.
At least that was my experience with the original J5 (used it for a few days), and my friends who own the J7 are saying the same thing.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 21:42 1

3. Sidewinder (Posts: 413; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


The J2 has a equally good battery performance as well.. It can get a average screen on time between 4.5 to 5 hours on a full charge

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:41 1

9. drifter77 (Posts: 190; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)


That's true. I bought my mom a J2 and it's very good for the price, pretty fast too.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 22:53 2

5. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 205; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


I've had the J5 for about 4 months and I agree.

The 2016 versions should be quite nice.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 21:23

2. sebstin (Posts: 91; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)


WHAT about J2?.. I think its the best entry level phone for $130..

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 22:53

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1385; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Its a good phone Imo. though when it comes to low budget phones my preference lean towards Chinese OEM like Xiaomi Letv etc.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 23:34 2

7. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1206; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


entry level phone with AMOLED screen, Samsung nailed it there.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 23:06

6. zeeBomb (Posts: 1860; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


When Samsung becomes LG

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 00:16

8. vijay.alapati (Posts: 133; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Why Black bazel on a gold color phone :(

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:05

10. Sealblaighter (Posts: 208; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


This looks cool!

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 14:17

11. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


If Samsung can't even update their S-series and Note flagship's OS in a reasonable time frame, do you honestly believe they'll ever update these third-tier J-series phones?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 14:47

12. SenorThrottles (Posts: 277; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


This is unrelated but what is up with these messed up ads on PA?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 15:24

13. Coconut00 (Posts: 474; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Maybe it's just the speaker? Also, the frame looks like the one on the A8, metal frame?

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:23

14. Nkukza (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


With the new galaxy A series costing north of $395 people must be preped to fork out north of $300 for the supposedly entry level phones. There is no way Samsung will give away 3GB of Ram and 16GB Rom coupled with amoled for under $320. Watch and you will see. We just have to accept that Samsung is no longer an affordable brand and nothing is entry on their books sooner or later a Samsung fone will be as expensive as an entry level car bill.

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