The Galaxy J-series has received an overhaul as the J5 and the J7 was re-launched a few weeks ago in China with new and improved hardware. Starting from April 29, the two smartphones are now also available for purchase in Samsung's own country of origin, South Korea. The 2016 versions of the J5 and J7 will be offered in two colors, black and gold. KT is the only network which has the new J5 and J7 right now. This has been Samsung's strategy with their not-so-popular smartphones for a while now; offer limited color options and make the models available only via a single carrier.
The 2016 variant of the J5 features a 5.2" HD (720p) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz chipset with four cores. Backed up by 2GB of RAM, 16GB of in-built storage and a 3,100 mAh battery, the J5 will be running Android M right out of the box. It also sports a 13-megapixel snapper at the back and a 5-megapixel front camera to satisfy selfie demands. The highlight of the 2016 version is its metal design, which holds true for both the J5 (2016) and the J7 (2016).
Other than being powered by a slightly faster quad core processor which is clocked at 1.6 GHz, the new J7 shares the same 2GB RAM, 16 GB in-built memory and 13-megapixel/5-megapixel snappers with the J5. The J7 (2016) does sport a bigger battery (3.300 mAh) and a larger screen (5.5" 720p) though. The overlaying UI will be based on Android M, same as its smaller brother. After considering that both the smartphones share almost the same hardware, one may wonder if the J7 (2016) is really worth the extra money that it asks for. In our opinion, the J5 (2016) priced at 290,000 won/$254 is probably a better buy than the J7, which is priced at 363,000 won/$318. If you were waiting for something a bit more budget-friendly, the J3 (2016) is also scheduled to be launched in South Korea soon.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)