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For Android users looking for affordable devices, the mid-range Samsung Galaxy J7 and the budget smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 are good choices. While both have features to be proud of, it helps to know which one will fit your preference and needs.

Let’s see the similarities and differences of these affordable phones.

Design and Features

Galaxy J7

The Samsung Galaxy J7 sports a sleek design with a faux-chrome sides and a solid back made of polycarbonate material. It has a Home button at the bottom. Moreover, it has a 3.5mm audio jack and microUSB ports. The 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display is touchscreen and covered with a Gorilla glass smoothened at the edges. It has a removable back to accommodate a replaceable battery as well as a SIM card slot and a microSD card slot.

Weighing at 6 ounces, this lightweight phablet measures 6.0 by 3.1 by 0.3 inches. The display has 1,280 by 720 resolution with a pixel density of 267 pixels.



This model is equipped with a 13MP rear camera that is capable of auto-detection and with an aperture of f/2.2 while its front camera is at 5MP that takes crisp and clear images. Powered by the octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 with 1.5Ghz, the J7 also has a 1.5 RAM with an internal memory of 16GB while the external memory slot can accommodate at least 128GB. Moreover, this model runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS.

Other features include a 3000mAh lithium-ion removable battery that has a working run time of 6 hours and 21 minutes, WiFi connectivity and NFC support, FM radio, GPS and Power Saving Mode.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

The Redmi Note 3 is a large-screen, low-budget phone with a sturdy metal chassis that gives it a heavy feel and robustness. It looks elegant with the top and bottom edges made of plastic material. The body has rounded edges with the power and volume controls located on the right-hand side of the phone. The 3.5mm audio jack port as well as the IR blaster is located on the top edge while the microUSB port is beside the in-call microphone located at the base. The display is a large 5.5-inch IPS screen with a high resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 and a pixel density of 403ppi. Although it does not have Gorilla Glass, the display is covered by a strong glass. Its dimensions are 150 x 76 x 8.7mm and weighs at 164 grams.

The camera of the Redmi Note 3 is average, with instances where images lack saturation and detail. It comes with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP front camera. This model also comes with either a Media Tek Helio X10 or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset and is fast with a RAM of 2 GB or 3GB. Clock speed is at 2 GHz and is supported by the PowerVT G6200 GPU. Internal storage can either be 16GB or 32GB but is not expandable. Meanwhile, the battery is non-removable with 4,000mAh capacity that can last between 4 and 51/2 hours.

Other features of the Note 3 include a fingerprint scanner, WiFi connectivity without NFC support and can accommodate dual SIM.

When it comes to speed, the Redmi Note 3 is faster than the Galaxy J7. However, compared to the latter, the Note 3 is an average phone although it is much cheaper. For users who want clearer images and more detailed shots, the J7 is a better choice despite the Note 3 being a hit in India.

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