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When it comes to smartphone manufacturing, Samsung is a one of the big players in the industry. This company is known for having the most popular smartphones preferred by Android users. Aside from high-end mobile phones, mid-range phones are also offered to cater to people looking for affordable devices that do not compromise quality. In this particular discussion, we will compare two Android phones: Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy A5 (2016).

Design and Build

The Samsung J7 Prime has a metal body that gives it a solid-looking build. It also has a physical home button located below the screen display. The edges are rounded that makes it easier to hold. Basically, the design of this model is the same as the other Samsung mobile devices in the mid-range category. Its 8mm thick with the Samsung logo embossed at the top front. The downside to having a metal back panel is that it can easily slip form the hand if the hand is sweaty.

The Galaxy A5 (2016), on the other hand, looks similar to Galaxy S6 but with a more rectangular profile and a boxier body. It also has a metal frame with a fingerprint scanner facing front as well as a glass rear.


The Samsung J7 Prime boasts of a 5.5-inch full-HD 1080×1920-pixel display with 480ppi pixel density. A 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass covers the display and the MicroSD and SIM card slots are located separately. Powered by octa-core Samsung Exynos 7870 processor at 1.6GHz, the J7 Prime runs on Marshmallow 6.0 and has 3GB of RAM. External storage is upgradable to up to 256GB while internal storage is 16GB. For the cameras, the rear camera is autofocus with f/1.9 aperture and LED flash at 13 megapixels while the front camera is at 8 megapixels. Other features include a 3.5 jack port, non-removable 3300mAh battery and connectivity options that include GPRS/EDGE, WiFi,GPS, Glonass and Bluetooth. As for battery life, it can last around 14 hours and 50 minutes on a video loop test.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy A5 (2016) also has an AMOLED display with full HD 1080×1920 resolution and its screen is smaller at 5.2 inches. It is also lighter than J7 Prime at 155 grams compared to 167 grams. For the processor, this model has an octa-core clocked at 1.6Ghz Samsung Exynos 7580 chipset. RAM is 2GB, along with 16GB built-in storage and expandable memory of 128GB. For the dual cameras, the rear is also at 13 megapixels while the front camera is at 5 megapixels. Like the J7 Prime, this model also has LED flash and is Dual Sim. It runs on Android 5.1 Other features include connectivity to WiFi, GPS and NFC, gyroscope sensor and a non-removable 2900 mAh battery.

For the price and features of both cameras, it is safe to say that both are great phones in the mid-range category. While these two Samsung phones also have drawbacks, the J7 Prime and A5 (2016) are worth their price tags. This year, Samsung released two smartphone models, Galaxy J7(2016) and Galaxy J7 Prime.