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Samsung might be one of the leaders in the tech industry, but this doesn’t mean that other companies are just sitting in the sidelines. Many other OEMs are doing their best to compete with the South Korean tech giant and produce high-quality devices, and one of these companies is Xiaomi. In fact, Xiaomi has become well-known for its high-performance smartphones, such as the Redmi Note 3.

But can the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 stand up to Samsung’s Galaxy J7 2016? Let’s take a look at these two mid-range phones to see which one is the better option.


The Galaxy J7 2016 is slightly more expensive than the Redmi Note 3. It retails for about $220 to $240, while the later is priced at around $160 to $180.


Both phones have a full-metal body. For the Galaxy J7 2016, this is a complete departure from the plastic shell that its older sibling (the J7 2015) had. The  Galaxy J7 2016 is heavier at 170g (compared to the Redmi Note 3’s 164g weight), although Xiaomi’s model is slightly thicker at 8.7 mm (the J7 2016 is only 7.8 mm thick).


Both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 have 5.5-inch screens. The former comes with an IPS LCD display, while the latter is built with a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. Despite not having Super AMOLED, the Redmi Note 3 has a clearer and sharper display because of its Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, with a pixel-per-inch (PPI) density of 403. The Galaxy J7 2016 trails behind with a 720 x 1280 resolution and a PPI of 267.

Hardware and Software

The two smartphones both pack a punch in terms of hardware. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is built with a Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 processor and an Adreno 510 GPU. The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016, meanwhile, comes in two versions: one with a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 processor and an Adreno 405 GPU, and the other with an Exynos 7870 Octa processor and a Mali-T830MP2 GPU. Both the Redmi Note 3 and the Galaxy J7 2016 have a 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, and an expandable memory up to 256GB.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. It can be updated to Android Marshmallow, although Xiaomi has not yet confirmed if it’s eligible to receive the latest Nougat update. The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016, on the other hand, is pre-installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and it’s expected to get the Android Nougat update next year along with other Samsung models.

In terms of camera functions, the Redmi Note 3 leads the way with its 16MP camera and f/2.0 aperture (compared to the 13MP camera and slightly smaller f/1.9 aperture of the Galaxy J7 2016). However, many reviewers note that the Redmi Note 3 produces interpolated images on maximum resolution, which means that 16MP might not be its true resolution. Both smartphones have 5MP front cameras.

Final Thoughts

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 are both powerful devices that have many wonderful things to offer to users. If you have a smaller budget and are looking for a phone with a crisper, sharper display, you’ll want to go for the Redmi Note 3. But, if you’re used to Samsung’s dependable camera and want to have access to Android Nougat, you’re better off with the Galaxy J7 2016.