The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016) have been officially announced in China in late March, and the duo was then released in the region with no official word on when the new series might hit the shelves in the Western hemisphere. However, earlier this month more evidence of a wider release emerged, and now the two smartphones have been pretty much confirmed to arrive in Europe in the foreseeable future. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) is already available for purchase in Spain through the official Samsung website, whereas the product page for the smaller Galaxy J5 (2016) went live on the manufacturer’s website in France, signaling what seems to be an imminent release.
Starting off with the slightly larger Samsung Galaxy J7 refresh, the terminal is now listed on the manufacturer’s webpage in Spain next to a price tag of €299. Spec-wise, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, but oddly enough and unlike the Galaxy J7 (2016) announced in China – which features a Full HD display (1080 x 1920 pixels) -, the model aimed at the Spanish market seems to be equipped with a less impressive 1280 x 720 panel. Furthermore, while the model released in China boasts 3 GB of RAM, the European variant (or at least the one available in Spain) is equipped with 2 GB of RAM instead. Either way, the smartphone carries an octa-core processor clocked at up to 1.6 GHz (presumably the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617), and has 16 GB of on-board storage which can be expanded by up to an additional 128 GB via microSD. Last but not least, it features a 13-megapixel main camera with an f/1.9 aperture and 1080p video recording capabilities, a 5 MP front-facing sensor with the same aperture, a 3,300 mAh battery, and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
Moving on to the 2016 Samsung Galaxy J5 (model number SM-J510FN), it appears that the handset’s landing page has been published on the official Samsung France website where the smartphone’s user manuals can already be downloaded; however the device is not yet available for purchase, and details on hardware specifications are lacking. But in light of these events, the smartphone’s release in Europe – or at least in France – should be around the corner. Assuming that the European model will be similar to the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) released in China, the handset should be equipped with a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC featuring a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz and an Adreno 306 graphics chip, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage. The new Samsung Galaxy J5 has the same camera configuration as its larger sibling, and the European / French model has been confirmed by the aforementioned user manuals to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.