Samsung today launched two mid-range smartphones in India — the Galaxy J5 and the Galaxy J7. The latter is the more expensive of the two with a price tag of Rs 14,999. While competition is tough in this segment, on paper Samsung seems to have quite a capable smartphone on its hands. We spent some time with the Galaxy J7 at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.
The Galaxy J7 is quite decent when it comes to its looks, with the metallic frame giving the otherwise plastic phone a premium feel. The power button as well as the volume rocker is placed on the metal frame, with the micro-USB and audio jack placed below.
The front is dominated by the 5.5-inch display, front-camera, front-facing flash, and home button, and an array of sensors. The removable back panel is made of polycarbonate, and doesn’t quite come across as cheap thanks to the quality of the plastic. Overall despite the 5.5-inch screen, the phone doesn’t feel big and can in fact be operated by one hand.
The Super AMOLED HD display is quite similar to the other smartphones in Samsung’s lineup and is quite bright. While colors and text look sharp, some may not be a fan of the oversaturated colors. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM, which should be more than enough to handle day-to-day tasks.
The talking point however is the combination of cameras the Galaxy J7 boasts. Samsung is focusing at the growing selfie-loving crowd and has included a 5-megapixel wide angle snapper up front alongside a front-facing flash. The front camera is quite decent even indoors, and the flash helps in clicking selfies when the lighting is not ideal. Similarly, the rear camera too is quite decent when used indoors. It is however too early to pass a judgment and we will wait till we have thoroughly reviewed the smartphone.
Another advantage of the smartphone is the presence of dual-SIM card slots and 4G support. Also differentiating it from some of the competition like the Xiaomi Mi 4 or Mi 4i is the presence of a microSD card slot, which can be used to expand the 16GB internal storage.
In the short time we spent with the Galaxy J7, we haven’t come across any complaints. Priced at Rs 14,999, the smartphone is facing some stiff competition from the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 4, Asus Zenfone 2, and Micromax’s Canvas Sliver 5 to name a few. We will have a more detailed look at the Galaxy J7 when we review the smartphone. Stay tuned.