March 29, 2016
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Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 model

Samsung is back with another mid-range refresh this year. The company has just unveiled the 2016 models of its Galaxy J5 and J7 handsets in China, with detailed listings now available on the company’s regional website. Much like their predecessors, there’s nothing too ground breaking about these phones, but they do offer a number of improvements for those looking to pick up a Galaxy handset at a reasonable price.

Starting with the larger Galaxy J7, the handset comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display boasting a crisp 1080p resolution, up from last year’s 720p panel. The J7 is powered by a 1.6 GHz octa-core SoC that is also a notable improvement over the last gen model, there’s 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory paired with a microSD card slot for expandable storage. Samsung doesn’t list the processor by name, but a leaked benchmark listing suggests that it could be the newly announced Exynos 7870 powering the J7.

Other hardware components found inside the Galaxy J7 include a 13 megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture, and there’s a 5 megapixel front facing camera too. The phone also supports dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE with VoLTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, and presumably Samsung’s latest TouchWiz and Android Marshmallow software too.

The revamped Galaxy J5, on the other hand, is a notably lower end model. The phone sports a 5.2-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, which is paired up with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 420 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage complete with a microSD card slot.

While its processing package may not dazzle, the Galaxy J5 also features the improved 13 megapixel f/1.9 aperture rear camera and 5 megapixel front facing camera configuration. The phone also comes with a much larger 3,100mAh battery capacity than before, which should result in some excellent battery life considering the efficient processing package. There’s also NFC, Bluetooth, and the same other features found inside the J7, making it a rather feature rich all-rounder.

The Galaxy J7 and J5 are both available in gold, pink, or white color options. Samsung hasn’t listed any prices for the handsets just yet and there’s no word on when these models will be making their way outside of China, but it surely can’t be too long until we find out.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
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