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This summer, Samsung has released a pair of mid-range smartphones with an identical design and the same cameras, but one of them is smaller and has a weaker processor, while the other is a phablet and it’s more powerful. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Galaxy J5 and J7, which were released in June.

Designs and Displays

The Galaxy J5 is the smaller model, which measures 142.1×71.8×7.9mm and weights 146grams, but it looks the same as the J7, which measures 152.2×78.7×7.5mm and weights 171grams. Both devices feature a removable glossy plastic back, but surprisingly, the frame is made of metal, so it’s more durable. Also, the volume buttons are placed on the left side, while the power button sits on the right side, at a hand friendly location, the devices come in three variants of colors: white, black and gold.

As for the displays, they’re both Super AMOLED and support a resolution of 720x1280pixels, but the smaller model is fitted with a 5-inch panel which gives a higher pixel density of 294ppi, while the phablet sports a 5.5-inch screen which offers a pixel density of 267ppi.


Both phones have a 13MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, 85 degrees wide angles and an aperture of f/1.9, being able to shoot Full HD videos at a frame rate of 30 per second, the front camera is decent, supporting 5MP.


Both devices are shipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and benefit from Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. This Android version offers 14 regional languages, an Easy Mode and the Ultra-Power saving mode, among others.


Both smartphones are equipped with a microSD card slot, allowing you to expand their internal storage up to 128GB, the J5 has two variants of 8GB and 16GB, while the J7 houses only 16GB of internal memory. In addition, Samsung has integrated 1.5GB of RAM, which is influencing the processor’s performance.


As we were saying above, the Galaxy J5 is the weaker model which features a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor with an Adreno 306 GPU, while the Galaxy J7 is available in two variants of processors: the Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core clocked at 1.4GHz, and which is backed by Adreno 405 graphics, or the Exynos 7580 octa core clocked at 1.5GHz, which is coupled with a
Mali-T720MP2 GPU.


Both batteries are removable and according to the dimensions of the device, the J5 has a smaller unit of 2600mAh, while its brother supports a 3000mAh battery.


On Amazon, the J5 costs 210 dollars, while the J7 is priced at 242 dollars.