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Samsung offers mid-range phones for its budget-conscious market with the J-series and it does not disappoint. However, Chinese company, Oppo is slowly making its way to attract Android users with its budget smartphones. Despite being relatively new in the arena, having started manufacturing mobile phones in 2008, Oppo became the number one smartphone manufacturer in China in September this year.

Let us compare two of the phone models from both number one players, the Samsung Galaxy J7 and the Oppo F1:

Design and Display

The Samsung J7 belongs to the J-series, the mid-run smartphones of the Korean company. It has the traditional Samsung design, with round edges and curved design, making it comfortable to hold. Moreover, it has a physical Home button with the Recent and Back buttons on the sides. The faux-chrome plastic on the sides makes it look sturdy and elegant while its back is made of white polycarbonate material.

Measuring at 6.0 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches and weighing at 6 ounces, this model is bigger than J3. The power button sits on the right side with the 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB ports located at the bottom. Additionally, the back is removable and is where the removable battery is located as well as the SIM card slot and the microSD card slot. As for display, it is a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen at 1,280 x 720 resolution, with pixel density of 267 pixels.

The Oppo F1, on the other hand, has a champagne-finish gold metal at the back with plastic material at the sides and gives the feel of holding an iPhone 6s. The curved edges does not make it look boxy and the its 5.0-inch 720p IPS LCD display with pixel density of 294 is covered with 2.5D Gorilla Glass with smoothed-off edges. It has a microSD memory card slot in the SIM tray with the second slot in the tray capable of holding a second SIM card or a microSD card. Its dimensions are 43.50 x 71.00 x 7.25mm and weighs at 134 grams.

Hardware and Software

The Galaxy J7 has a 1.5Ghz octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 processor. Its RAM is 1.5 GB while its internal memory storage is 16GB and the external memory is expandable to 128GB. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Conversely, the Oppo F1 is powered by a 1.2Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset. Additionally, the internal memory is 16GB and the external memory is also expandable to 128 GB while its RAM is faster at 3GB. Its OS is Android 5.1 Lollipop.


Both Samsung J7 and Oppo F1 models come with rear cameras at 13MP while the front cameras are 5MP and 8MP, respectively and a flash. The rear camera of the F1 has an aperture of 2.2 and has good image quality, in terms of detail and sharpness while the front camera has an aperture of f/2. The J7 also gives sharp images and the front camera takes good, crisp shots although not very much in low settings.

Both have WiFi connectivity but the F1 does not support NFC. As for batteries, the removable lithium-ion battery of the J7 is 3000mAh that lasts for more than 6 hours while the F1 has a fixed Li-Po battery at 2850mAh with a working life of almost 7 hours.

In conclusion, the Samsung Galaxy J7 is a performing mid-range phone while the Oppo F1 is a decent camera for its class but those looking for a faster smartphone should consider the former.

Read about Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and Oppo F1 here.