Which Samsung Model Is Right For You: J7 Prime or A5 (2016)

Samsung is certainly one of the top smartphone brands, even besting Apple. It’s recognized for offering mid-range to high-end phones such as the Galaxy J-series – J2 to J7. And, the company recently released its J7 Prime model. In 2015, it released its Galaxy A5 mode and made an improved version of it during 2016.

J7 Prime vs. A5 (2016): Which Model Has The Specs You’re Looking For?

A Look At The Phones’ Design

Both the J7 Prime and A5 (2016) have the traditional Samsung look – a rounded edge – both have the physical Home button and with Back and Recent buttons on their side.  But, there are some differences:

The J7 is designed with a metal back panel and adjusted sides so it can be held comfortably. The A5 has a flat back and comprises of both glass and metal. It’s still comfortable to hold onto but has no curves like the S7.

The A5 model has the new Gorilla Glass 4 panel rather than a plastic-appearing aluminum back along with a 5.2-inch full HD AMOLED display and built-in fingerprint scanner installed in the Home Button. The J7, on the other hand, has the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass and comes with a 5.5-inch display8.

A Look At The Phones’ Features

There are many features of both phones to boast about. Their similarities include:

The J7 Prime has a mini-USB port and 3.5mm earphone jack – a feature also seen on the A5. They also come with slots for a SIM card and SD cards.

Their differences are:

The J7 Prime has a 13MP rear camera that will come with autofocus and LED flash. It’s equipped with a front-end 8MP camera. It can do panorama, geo-tagging and touch focus. It’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled but has no NFC like the A5.

The A5 does have a 13MP rear camera equipped with an LED flash. Its front-end camera, however, it only 5MP with similar features as its company’s J7. The phones have a video resolution of 1080×30 with a microUSB v2.0 features. The J7 also has the USB OTG feature.

The J7 Prime model comes in either 16GB or 32GB internal memory, which can be increased to 256GB through an SD card, and has 3GB of RAM. The A5 model is only found in 16GB with 2GB of RAM, but its storage capacity is expandable to 128GB.

Both phones feature the NFC, fingerprint, proximity and accelerometer sensors.

The J7 Prime sports the 3300mAh non-removable battery whereas the A5 comes with a non-removable 2900mAh battery. When it comes to battery life, the J7 Prime outdoes the A5.

The J7 gets its power from the 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 while the A5 gets its power from the 1.6GHz Exynos 7580. Both models include the octa-core Cortex-A53 chip. The J7’s OS is the Android 6.0; the A5 sports the Android 5.1 but will attain the Android 7 Nougat soon.

Both phones are worthwhile mid-range phones that have share some features but sport their differences too. When you look at it, the J7 is the go-to phone if you want better speed, better camera and better battery life.  But, you’ll pay extra for that too.