With Mobile World Congress kicking off in just over two weeks' time, Samsung has the tech world's attention
focused squarely on the Galaxy S7
and S7 edge
. For those not seeking such high-end experiences, though, the company's J series provides more than tolerable mid-range fare. Last year, the Galaxy J5
and Galaxy J7
rolled out in June, but it looks like Sammy may drop their respective successors earlier on in 2016. Both handsets have just popped up on the Bluetooth SIG website, which indicates that an official unveiling mightn't be too far away.
So, what do we know about the J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) so far? Well the former, which recently popped up on popped up on GFXBench
, looks set to pack an increased 5.2-inch, 720 x 1280 screen -- slightly larger than the 5-inch panel of the current J5. The benchmarks also suggest a Snapdragon 410 under the hood, 2 gigs of RAM (as opposed to 1.5 GB on the current model) and a 13- and 5-megapixel rear- and front-facing camera combination.
The Galaxy J7 (2016)
will likely opt for a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 display, which is a generous enhancement from the 720p resolution of yesteryear. There could be up to 3 GB of RAM, too, and with a touted 4300 mAh battery capacity, the J7 (2016) is shaping up as a great improvement on the OG variant. Processor-wise, the most recent report on the matter suggests that Samsung's all-new Exynos 7870
will grace this strong mid-level smartphone.
The Bluetooth SIG listing gives all this current speculation an air of legitimacy, and what remains is for Samsung to announce both devices. Though the already-announced J1
packs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, we'd expect each of the J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, especially if Samsung does intend to push the devices to market around June once more.