Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Review

Call Quality

The call quality on the Samsung Galaxy J7 6 is rather average.

In calls, voices of our callers sound a bit thin and quiet, while on the other end of the line, voice is just slightly distorted, but not in a major way.

Battery life

Outstanding battery life: the J7 6 has no issues to last a full day, and could run a full two days with average use.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 6 comes with a 3,300mAh battery that is easily user removable.

We put the phone through our custom test that measures typical smartphone use with the screen always on during the test. Also, we have the display set at 200 nits of brightness, a level comfortable for indoor viewing and a level that we uniformly set for all phones to have equal conditions. So how long does that battery last?

With nearly 11 hours of battery life, this is one of the longer lasting phones we’ve ever tested. You can expect the J7 6 to easily last a full day, and up to two days with moderate use.

Given that a 3,300mAh battery is rather large, it’s important to measure how much it takes to charge the phone back from zero to 100% with the stock wall charger. Samsung does not bring its flagship Fast Adaptive Charger here, but still has a wall charger that is a bit faster than usual with an output of 7.75 watts of power. However, it still takes a quite long two hours and 20 minutes to fully recharge the phone.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) 10h 59 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 9h 55 min (Excellent)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 12h 36 min (Excellent)
Meizu M3 Note 11h 6 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) 139
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) 96
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 153
Meizu M3 Note 150


After all is said, it’s time to draw the line and see how good the Galaxy J7 6 really is. It’s an improvement in terms of design in the affordable segment, with its metal frame, but the plastic back cover feels cheap and not on par even with cheap Chinese Android phones these days. The lack of a fingerprint scanner is also surprising these days. The display on the J7 6 also falls short of expectations: its colors are off, its a bit on the dim side, and - shockingly - lacks an auto-brightness setting. Audio quality via the loudspeaker is also a disappointment.

On a more positive note, the J7 6 runs smooth and well, has a very decent camera that is also quick to launch and features outstanding battery life.

Then, there is price: sold from $240 in India to €280 ($315) in Europe, the phone’s main competitors are devices like the new Huawei P9 Lite, but also some older ones that are still on sale like the Galaxy S5. The newer devices like the P9 Lite have a slightly more refined design as their main advantage, while older phones can brag about having slightly better cameras and more powerful silicon.

All in all, it feels like Samsung has at least fixed many of the performance issues in its affordable phones, but should do better in terms of design and the price could be a bit more affordable.


  • Impressive battery life
  • Fairly smooth performance
  • Supports expandable storage via microSD cards
  • Quick to start camera


  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Plastic back feels cheap
  • Somewhat pricey for what it offers
  • No 4K video option

PhoneArena Rating:




1. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This is a nice mid range phone. Very reliable with its great battery life.

5. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Yeah and it has a good camera too.

15. AkmalWarrior

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 17, 2016

And, for a few dollars more. You can download Manual Camera on Play Store and use the full Camera2 API interface.

19. velizar.peshev

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 2017

This phone is COOOOOOOL I really loved it! Fast processor nice amount of RAM and cool design. Only haptic feedback missing is bad but no matter of this little thing:-)

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Plastic backs are so much better. On all the new Samsung phones they're glass and if you don't use a case it's gonna get shattered pretty quick.

16. AkmalWarrior

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 17, 2016

But the NFC tag is in there and plastic back cover snap easily if you drop it on normal height.(Cover and Tempered Glass screen protector recommended.)

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

saying "impressive battery life, smooth performance, support microSD" then gave it 6.5, lol cons: - Somewhat pricey for what it offers - No 4K video option did you expect 4k recording on $240 phone?

4. Unordinary unregistered

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10. Fonatic

Posts: 70; Member since: May 23, 2016

butthurt isheep

11. Fonatic

Posts: 70; Member since: May 23, 2016

now bow to imam obama unordinary

7. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

the batch 2014/2015 flagship phones are priced like this phone or even lower and yet offer stellar performances and all the bells and whistles :D

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, true.. lenovo, huawei and others can offer better spec at that price tag.. but expecting 4k recording for $240 phone is too much, is there any sub $300 phone that can record 4k? (except refurbished last year flagship :P)

8. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

6.5 because it doesn't have a fruit logo.

12. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

s6 and s7 also doesn't have a fruit logo. they also go 6.5. Oh wait they didn't.

6. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Ambient Light Senson is Useless Crap. Touchwiz offers a quick way to change Brightness that is far better than Light sensor that never ever works. PA says Phone is too quiet amd it is loudest among others they mention. Crap. It could have had a lowet price. But considering what LG, Sony, Htc have been offering, its actually cheap. Even Samsung has not offered something so good at this price. Battery life in reality is far better than even Redmi Note 3 that drain as soon as it start heating which happens when browsing heavy sites and gaming. Also J7s max temp while hardcore gaming for long was 37 C in India. Here ambient temp is about the same.

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

not too bad for its prince range. Might give it a try

14. AkmalWarrior

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 17, 2016

I like that the camera of the Galaxy J7 6 is better than my Note 3. Pros -Full Camera2 API Support with Manual Camera (Other apps lack some features) -Great for Selfie and Vlogging (With Gyro Stabilizer) Cons -1080p display on China models(WTF Samsung) -No OIS nor EIS -1080p60fps is a nono -No Gyroscope (3rd party Panorama app become useless) -NFC tag is on the back cover(Most prone to damage)

17. Lunovic

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 2016

How come you get to a conclusion like that? Only 6.5? First of all, plastic helps disolve the temperature; secondly, hd screen saves battery and temperature, it is as good as Full Hd, for normal human being; For last, complaining about 4K video, your kidding? you got right only when talking about fingerprint scanner. This phone deserves a much better rating!

18. Tumaini1

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

Wanna try this as my first Android phones..

20. velizar.peshev

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 2017

You will be no disappointed. I bought this phone 1 week ago and I loved it when I first switched on!!!
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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