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

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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Galaxy J7 (2016)
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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38 Comments

1. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

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

2. cgarcia2694

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

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

20. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 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?

30. cgarcia2694

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 14, 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.

32. stonec

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

39. justForTheRecord

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 17, 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 >

3. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

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

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 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

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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 )

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

15. dazed1

Posts: 787; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Smooth does not = fast, completely different.

18. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

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

7. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

10. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

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

12. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Metal frame?

8. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

19. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

23. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

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

9. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

13. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

when will come to india ?

16. n_garry

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 29, 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

17. Cicero

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

21. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 452; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

No black version.... big mistake.

27. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

29. n_garry

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 29, 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...

31. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 452; Member since: Mar 22, 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.

36. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

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

37. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 452; Member since: Mar 22, 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.

38. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Cool, thanks!

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