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The Galaxy J Series was created for users who need a smartphone but are on a budget. With the launch of this series, Samsung just gave budget-conscious users the chance to own a phone with smartphone capabilities but at a lesser price.

Both the J7 2016 and the J7 Prime were released in 2016, just months apart really. The former was released first in March while the latter was launched in September.

But which one is the best budget smartphone? Here’s a comparison of features:


The J7 2016 features a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a 720×1080 pixel capacity. While the J7 Prime features a similar sized screen, it has a much better resolution at 1080×1920 with 401 pixels per inch.


A 1.6GHz octa-core processor powers the J7 2016 and it comes with 2GB of RAM. Storage is sufficient as well coming in at 16GB and it can be expanded up to 128GB through a microSD card.

The J7 Prime, on the other hand, features a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor and comes with much bigger RAM at 3GB. In terms of storage, it offers a similar 16GB internal capacity but can be expanded to a much larger 256GB through microSD card.


While both the J7 2016 and J7 Prime’s rear camera offer 13 megapixels, they differ with their front-facing cameras. The former has a 5-megapixel shooter while the latter sports an 8-megapixel camera.


More or less, both phones offer the same connectivity options. They both have WiFI, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G capabilities.


Both phones are powered by a 3300mAh battery but the pack can be removed on the J7 2016.


The J7 2016 is a dual SIM smartphone that can accept two Micro-SIM cards. The J7 Prime is still a dual SIM phone but accepts two Nano-SIM cards.


The J7 2016 runs on Android 6.0.1 while the J7 Prime is on 6.0.

Given that there’s little difference between the two phones, it looks like users will choose whether they like a phone with a better camera and slightly better hardware or not.