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Released just four months after its predecessor, one might wonder what upgrades the J7 Prime really has over the J7 (2016). Samsung is known for introducing one model after the other every year, with each device having just subtle differences. So is it really worth picking up the newer J7 Prime?


These two phones look almost identical and the most noticeable difference is probably that the Samsung J7 Prime is a bit narrower. It comes in black and gold brushed metal casings while the Galaxy J7 (2016) comes in white, black, gold, and rose gold. The newer J7 Prime also has a fingerprint scanner home button, the first in the J series to have this feature.


The J7 Prime has an improved Super ALOMED display that comes in at 5.5 inches and 1080p. Its predecessor has the same specs except that its display is only 720p. In addition, the Galaxy J7 Prime has an admirable 401 ppi pixel density while the J7 (2016) has a 267 ppi pixel density. This means you can enjoy more saturated colors with the more recent J7 model.


Both of these phones have a 13MP rear camera that takes decent photos for a smartphone camera. But if you want to take better selfies, then the 8MP front-facing camera of the Samsung J7 Prime will win you over compared to the 5MP front camera of the Samsung J7 (2016).


These two devices come with Exynos 7870 Octa and give a solid performance and plenty of power for mid-range smartphones. They also have a dedicated SD card slot. Differences come in the other components of the hardware. The J7 (2016) has a RAM of 2GB and an expandable internal storage of 16GB, while the J7 Prime has a RAM of 3GB and an expandable internal memory of 32GB. That’s quite a lot of additional storage.


The 3300mAH battery in these devices can last for a day when used for calls, social apps, browsing, and some camera tasks. However, if you are fond of playing games on your phone, then expect to charge it more than once in a day. Also, since the Galaxy J7 Prime has a display with a higher resolution, its battery tends to last shorter than that of the Galaxy J7 (2016).


The starting price of the Samsung J7 Prime is about $290, while the Samsung J7 (2016) is $235.


If you want more internal storage, a bigger RAM, a better quality front camera, a higher resolution display, and a few additional new features in the latest Samsung Galaxy model, and you don’t mind adding about 50 dollars more to buy a new phone, then pick up the J7 Prime. To come to a better decision and for a better comparison, check out this article that discusses the features of both smartphones in more detail. You just might realize that the J7 (2016) is a solid enough mid-range phone and your 50 dollars is better off spent on other things.