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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) review: Major Junior League

Introduction

The Galaxy J7 (2017) is the latest annual edition of an already popular phone. The J series has already shaped as a home to some solid midrange propositions and the Galaxy J7 (2017) is meant to spice things up even further. The newcomer is blurring the lines between the J series and the A series just as we thought we had Samsung’s portfolio segmentation all figured out.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) review

The J phones have been enjoying a killer key selling feature and that’s Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens – and the Galaxy J7 (2017) is no different. This time around it’s a high-tier screen with 1080p resolution, but Samsung didn’t stop the upgrades there. The new model builds on the 2016 model with a premium-looking unibody, splash resistance, a high-res selfie camera with a flash, more RAM, and a newer Android.

The Exynos 7870 chip was the only part, which was passed up for promotion, stuck in 2016. It’s a nicely power efficient 14nm chipset so it should surely provide great battery life. Either Samsung had built a great chip ahead of its time, or they just felt confident that the rest of the value-adding upgrades will make up for this omission. And with this attractive specs sheet we are not sure we can blame them.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) key features:
Body: Aluminum unibody
Screen: 5.5″ 1080p Super AMOLED screen (401ppi); Always On Display
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat; Bixby virtual assistant.
Chipset: 14nm octa-core Exynos 7870 (8 x 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 cores)
Memory: 3GB of RAM; 16/32GB storage, dedicated microSD slot for expansion
Camera: Primary 13MP, f/1.7, LED flash; Secondary 13MP, f/1.9, LED flash
Video: 1080p at 30fps
Connectivity: nano SIM (dual SIM version available); LTE (Cat. 6); dual-band Wi-Fi ac; Bluetooth 4.2; FM Radio; microUSB; 3.5mm jack
Battery: 3,600mAh
Misc: Fingerprint reader, IP54 certification for dust and splash resistance, Samsung Pay

Main shortcomings
Same GPU as the J7 (2016), yet twice as many pixels on the screen
Low grade water resistance
microUSB port is getting outdated
No quick charging

Having an old-gen chipset takes its toll – the Galaxy J7 (2017) lacks 4K video capturing for starters. But our major concern is with the graphic performance as the processing power hasn’t increased, yet it must handle twice as many pixels.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) review

But then again there are so many improvements, which will probably make the old chipset easier to swallow. And while we are wondering whether the Galaxy J7 (2017) can deliver adequate performance or not, it’s time we get this review started and find out what’s hot and what – not.