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The Galaxy Grand Max was released in the first month of 2015, while the Galaxy J5 came six months later, but it seems that they share many common features and specs. The difference is that the first device has a bigger screen and a smaller battery, but overall, there are too many similarities between them. They also come in single SIM and dual SIM versions and are 4G LTE Android devices.

Designs and Displays

Both devices have a polycarbonate removable cover, but the Grand Max has a diamond texture, while the Galaxy J5 is shinny and more slippery. Also, both have a thin aluminum frame and their rear cameras are positioned in the same location – in the center, with the LED flash in the right side.

The Galaxy J5 measures 142.1×71.8×7.9 mm, it weights 146 grams and it’s packed with a 5-inch Super AMOLED screen that supports a resolution of 720×1280 pixels at 294ppi, while the Galaxy Grand Max measures 146×74.8×7.9mm, it’s 15grams heavier and its screen is an IPS LCD sized at 5.25-inch, but it supports the same resolution, resulting in a lower pixel density of 282ppi.


Both devices are powered by a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor, which is backed by Adreno 306 graphics and 1.5GB of RAM. Also, there is a microSD card slot available on each phone, but the maximum expandable memory size for the Galaxy J5 is 128GB, for its two variants of storage with capacities 8GB and 16GB, while the Grand Max has an internal memory of 16GB, which is expandable up to 64GB.


Again, the two devices share similar specs, like the resolutions of their cameras, which are 13MP and 5MP respectively. Also, they support LED flash, autofocus and a 1080p video recording capability, but in addition, the J5 has a LED flash for its front camera, as well.


The battery of the Galaxy J5 is bigger at 2600mAh, while the Grand Max has a 100mAh less juice. The good news is that both batteries can be removed.


Since the J5 is newer on the market, it runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, while the Grand Max is stuck with an older version – 4.4.4 (KitKat).