Samsung has launched a new J series India along with the launch of Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 on Thursday. The smartphone is available in China at a low price but offers impressive specifications and features. The handsets are available since last month in China.
The Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 are available at Rs 11,999 and Rs 14, 999 respectively. The handsets are available on Flipkart which offers pre-order facility and will ship it on July 24. Samsung also claims that the devices are affordable and delivers a smooth online gaming experience with 4G connectivity. However, the handset doesn’t support TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz) for 4G LTE in India while, the FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz) is yet to arrive in the country.
Samsung has a partnership with Flipkart that offers deals of handsets while, Airtel, a partner of Samsung, offers double 4G LTE data along with unlimited music downloads valued for Rs 549 for six months with the help of Wynk Music app. The company has also collaborated with the popular video game company Gameloft to offer Rs. 3,200 worth of in-game credits for Galaxy J users.
Both the Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 comes in mid-range and its competitors are Xiaomi Mi 4i, Motorola Moto G (Gen 2), Sony Xperia E 4G. Both the device runs on Android 5.1.1 but have differing features. The Galaxy J5 has a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC coupled with 1.5GB RAM. The storage capacity of the device has 8GB and has a 13MP autofocus camera along with a 5MP front camera. Galaxy J5 is backed by 2,600mAh battery, while Samsung Galaxy J7 features a 5.5-inch screen and 16GB inbuilt storage. The handset is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 7580 SoC, and a 3,000mAh battery.
The China version of the Galaxy handsets has TFT screens instead of Super AMOLED while, the Galaxy J5 features a 16GB inbuilt storage instead of 8GB. The Galaxy J7 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 rather than the Exynos 7580.
Both the handsets of Samsung Galaxy have the same appearances’ of the other Galaxy smartphones in the market. There are some minor changes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and would be present in other handsets as well that are running the same OS version. The handset has TouchWiz UI that users might feel more cluttered. However, an overall interface doesn’t make the smartphones feel slow.
Both the handsets have an impressive camera. The 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture worked well in our limited time during the launch event. On the second tapping on the home button, opens the camera app. The Galaxy J5 proffers seven modes: Auto, Pro, Panorama, Continuous Shot, Beauty Face, Sound & Shot, and Sports, on the other hand, the Galaxy J7 comes with one additional mode: HDR. Switching to the front-facing camera, the handsets show another set of modes including a Wide-Selfie Shot along with front-facing flashes on both the phones. But the Continuous Mode and Pro mode seemed didn’t perform well. The continuous mode didn’t actually capture images as fast as expected, and the Pro-mode (manual mode) had fewer options than some other phones in this price range commonly offer.
Owing to the short time with the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, we were unable to test their battery life, but both the handset are expected to give a decent amount of life as they don’t have any power-hungry features such as motion sensors and high-resolution screens. Under the bracket of Rs 12,000, the Galaxy J5 has all the features users care about- it runs on the latest version of Android, has expandable storage, supports 4G, and features a decent battery.