Other than their flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines, Samsung has several other smartphone series that covers a wide range of prices and consumer tastes. The Galaxy J series is targeted at developing markets and comprises low and mid-range devices and thanks to its combination of good hardware and a very low price, it has been selling very well, thus helping Samsung to stay on top of the smartphone market despite stiff competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Huawei in the lower-end segment. After numerous rumors and leaks, last Tuesday (29th) the company unveiled their new iteration of the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 with very interesting specs but only available in China for now. The handsets are powered by an Exynos processor but a recent Geekbench benchmarking result leak suggests there will be a Snapdragon variant of the J7 and it could mean the device will be going to other markets.
With model number SM-J7109, the results show a smartphone running an MSM8952 chipset from Qualcomm, which is likely to be the Snapdragon 652, an octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.52 GHz. The chip is coupled with 3 GB of RAM, which is a very good number. Other than that, the specs of this J7 are the same as the Chinese model, featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 16 GB of internal storage plus support for external storage, a 13 megapixels rear camera and a 5 megapixels front shooter for selfies. Things start to get very interesting when you add Samsung Pay support, NFC, a fingerprint scanner, and a 3,300 mAh battery. 4G connectivity with dual-SIM functionality completes the package and the device features a metal frame.
The Galaxy J5 (2016) is a smaller sibling with a 5.2-inch display and 2 GB of RAM. Other than that, they have very similar specs and both are available in Gold, White, and Pink. As for a Snapdragon variant of the J5, there’s no word on that but we will keep you posted whenever there are any other news. Samsung didn’t reveal the pricing information for neither the J5 and J7 in China but considering that the 2015 models cost around $200, the new models aren’t likely to come with a significantly bigger price tag.