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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) officially announced

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) officially announced
Samsung today announced two new Android smartphones: the Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016), both of which now show up over at the company's official Chinese website. Succeeding the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J5 from last year, the new J series smartphones offer 5 MP front-facing cameras with LED flashes, so they should appeal to users who take a lot of selfies. On the back, the two handsets have 13 MP cameras (also with LED flashes). By the way, what initially looked like laser auto focus on both phones turned out to be just a rear speaker.

As its name suggests, the Galaxy J7 (2016) is the larger, and more powerful smartphone among the two. Sporting a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, the device relies on an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz (this could be an Exynos 7870, though Samsung has yet to confirm that). The J7 (2016) further features LTE connectivity, NFC, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 3300 mAh battery. The device measures 151.7 x 76 x 7.8 mm, and weighs 170 grams.


The Galaxy J5 (2016) only sports a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels, weighing 159 grams, and measuring 145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm. The handset is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, coming with just 2 GB of RAM, and a 3100 mAh battery. The rest of its features are similar to those of the J7.


Samsung will soon release the Galaxy J7 (2016) and J5 (2016) in China, but there's no word on the phones' prices. We don't know if the handsets will be launched in North America, though we must mention that the lower-end Galaxy J3 (2016) is already available to buy in the US - thus, the J7 and J5 could join it at some point. We'll let you know if that happens. 

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posted on 28 Mar 2016, 21:49 1

1. WPX00 (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


J7 seems interesting, J5 far less so. Who still uses 720p and quad core in 2016?!

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:23 1

2. cgarcia2694 (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


I do! Proud Moto E 2015 user here with even lower screen resolution (qHD) :)

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:53

20. WPX00 (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Thats a 2015 device dear. And considering that it was $150, thats fine. But the J5 will sell closer to 200 or 250, and against competition like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (octacore Helio X10 or hexacore Snapdragon 650), and Huawei Honor 5X (octacore Snapdragon 616), thats really rather ridiculous, isnt it?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 17:16 1

30. cgarcia2694 (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


I bought it late 2015 for US$ 100.00 here in my country, and I'm happy with it. The internet speed here is so slow that I can barely stream 480p videos, and I don't play games with high graphics. The point here is that there are different consumers targeted for each product.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 00:28

32. stonec (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Mar 2016)


It's 2016 and I still use a quad-core CPU for my PC, so why would my phone require an octa-core CPU? It seems some people only care about specs which is rather sad when 90% of smartphones today run smooth enough for any use. Focus should be on battery life and usability.

posted on 10 Apr 2016, 10:47

39. justForTheRecord (Posts: 51; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


LOL! Love spending money don't you. My LG Power costs about $7 a month to use, and runs on Verizon CDMA (largest and most reliable network in the US). I regularly watch movies via my TWC app, play various games, and Android 5.0.1 does everything over my wifi so that initial 1.2GB of data is still mostly unused. But, hey, someone has to support the Verizon / AT&T CEO's bonuses so you keep on spending $100's / month to use the "latest and greatest". < snicker >

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:25 2

3. fonelover (Posts: 189; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


Quad core cpu is okay, but sd410 is too old and 1.2 ghz is not workable at all.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:27 1

4. zeeBomb (Posts: 1734; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


My Nexus 4's S4 Pro still feels strong to this day!

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:42

6. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The Krait cores have better performance than the 410's A53s
And the S4 Pro has a far better GPU

The A53s in the 410 and 400 still performs great
The issues in the 410/400 are because of their weak GPUs

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 23:31

11. ibend (Posts: 3195; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


quad core is perfectly fine, like SD820, lol..

this should use SD615 or SD650..
SD410 is for low end right now, like $100 xiaomi redmi 2 (and this J5 is surely far from $100 pricetag :D )

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 01:08

14. hung2900 (Posts: 943; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Sorry friend but my mom's Nexus E 2nd gen LTE version have unbelievable smoothness and speed in Marshmallow.
Comparable to iPhone 5S.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 01:54

15. dazed1 (Posts: 305; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


Smooth does not = fast, completely different.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:10

18. SenorThrottles (Posts: 220; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


SD410 not workable? My friend's 2013 Moto G, which has a SD400, is still quite fast.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:44 1

7. manojmcn (Posts: 389; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


The vast majority of Android users are on 720p or less.
For that matter, even majority iPhone customers are on phones with resolution around 720p.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:57

10. vijay.alapati (Posts: 127; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Me, Using nexus 4 running stock 5.1.1 Xposed. It has HD screen on quadcore. thats the cheapest phone i could afford :(

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 00:04

12. phonearenarocks (Posts: 208; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


Metal frame?

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:56

8. Leandronb (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


let's see pricing, here in Brazil the new a5 is priced higher than a s6, the current j5 is pure crap, i want a new phone for my father to replace his lumia 730, this new j5 seems right, but if is expensive i will probably search another brand.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 03:18

19. SenorThrottles (Posts: 220; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


The current J5 is actually really good for the price, in the UK anyways. You can get the J5 for as low as £99 (only from vodafone though, other retailers are selling it for about £150) which is really good, considering the Moto E costs £71.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 06:54

23. Leandronb (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


The fact that it do not have a ambient light sensor and only two point multitouch is a deal breaker for me.

posted on 28 Mar 2016, 22:57 3

9. havoc (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


3GB and 2GB RAm for Midrange phone..
Please GOD I hope LG will follow this suite and stop giving us 1.5GB RAM in Midrange.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 00:22

13. emmawilliam834 (Posts: 137; Member since: 09 Feb 2016)


when will come to india ?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 02:23 1

16. n_garry (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)


I own a j7... 2015 model tough.... judging by the rumours my mind was made up that when the 2016 model is released im gonna sell this one and get the 2016 model but NAHHHHHH...
changes are battery,screen and 2x Ram which is good but judging by my j7's performance at octa 1.6ghz Ex7580... its super fast and awesomely smooth... never lags and never heats up all my games run smooth afterall it is a Mali T720MP2 clocked at 800mhz...
720p and 1080p ... F@#k it, least i've got an HD screen and an AMOLED 1 too ;)... will just get the battery from samsung store and splendid

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 02:37

17. Cicero (Posts: 848; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Looks like old galaxies S4 and S5. Inside they have nice good specs for today mobile.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:44 2

21. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 186; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


No black version.... big mistake.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 10:24

27. Coconut00 (Posts: 441; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


I agree, not having a black version is a big mistake, hopefully it will be added later on.

Off topic:
Is the J5 (2015) any good? I'd like to have an opinion from someone who owns it since I want to buy it for my mom. The thing she cares most about is the camera.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 14:25

29. n_garry (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)


I dont own it but my closest friend does so i use regularly i own a j7... i can tell you that its fast and smooth games run well like asphalt 8...if u r not a crazy user unlike me it is superb i give 4 out of 5...

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 20:14

31. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 186; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


I have the J5 2015 and it's ok for everything... except the camera.

It'll do the job but it's not that great.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 15:44

36. Coconut00 (Posts: 441; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Ok, but is it the camera better than other low-end phones?

posted on 03 Apr 2016, 09:45 1

37. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 186; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


I don't follow too many other low end phones. The Moto G 3rd gen probably has a better camera.

Check youtube reviews of the Galaxy J5.

posted on 03 Apr 2016, 10:55

38. Coconut00 (Posts: 441; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Cool, thanks!

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:44

22. xperiaZlover (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)


Hope they have the compass and light sensor in these 2 new models.
No compass is a huge drawback in the J7 and J5.
Sd410 is not acceptable for future as well. Need minimum sd615 or 616.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 08:27

24. markpowervr (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Dec 2015)


i think the price will closer to a5 2015 because of finget print scanner on the a5 2016 vs 5.5 2080p display of the j7 2015. ois on the a5 camera vs 3gb of ram on j7. the unibody design of the a5 glass and metal design vs removable back and swapable battery will balance the specs of its device so im guessing the j7 2016 is more expensive or rather close on its pricing againts the a5 also i think j7 is more popular than a5 samsung may take advantage of it for their pricing scheme.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 09:29

25. jonathonpower7 (Posts: 45; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)


If J5 has a battery life matching it's battery capacity, I'll buy it. I had good experiences with SD410 devices, so I don't need more.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 09:41

26. davidsmith (Posts: 45; Member since: 09 Mar 2016)


The only turn off on this phone is the android version. Its just android lollipop

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 14:21

28. n_garry (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)


Yep on that... well hopefully they'll get the update still fresh and new... bummer for we 2015 model owners ey

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 01:28

33. molanjami (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Mar 2016)


Would be nice if the J5 2016 had a 5 inch screen but rumours suggest it's 5.2

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:21

34. n_garry (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)


It can't have a 5 inch screen
Sammy introduced the j3 and it has a straight 5 inch screen so obviously a j5 should be bigger than the lil bro...

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 10:31

35. MuhammadHasan (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Mar 2016)


I think Samsung this time had really bashed the market. After a huge success of A series 2016 followed by the launch of Galaxy S7 and it's edge variant, And Now it's J series 2016 with some really astonishing new and powerful features that Samsung had given in this device. J7 with an Octa Core chip and 3GB RAM is really a power punch. Take a look at it's complete feature and pricing strategies at the following article !

mobilesiri.com/samsung-galaxy-j7-and-galaxy-j5-ann​ounced-officialy/

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