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Samsung is a multi-national company known for its technology and home electronics that include television and smartphones. Over the years, it became popular for its products, particularly the Android mobile phones that range from low-budgeted to high-end models. In 2015, it introduced the affordable Samsung Galaxy J5. This year, this phone was reintroduced with better features. Let us find out the changes in the features and the ones Samsung decided to keep.

Design and Build

The Samsung Galaxy J5 was released in 2015 and it comes with a metallic chassis and a plastic back panel. Its physical home button is the typical ovoid shape with the menu and back buttons on its side. Obviously, there was never really anything new with its architecture as well as the other low-budget J-series phones. Conversely, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) boasts of an aluminum frame, which makes it look more robust than the previous J5. Its removable back cover has a brushed matte texture and the speaker and LED flash locations have been interchanged. Dimensions of the J5 are 142.00×73.00×7.90 while the J5 (2016) are 145.80×72.30×8.10.


Both the Samsung Galaxy J5 and the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) run on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. As for the processors of both smartphones, both have quad-core clocked at 1.2GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 410.

There has been a change from the J5 and the J5 (2016) in terms of screen size. While both have Super AMOLED Touchscreen display, the J5 has a 5-inch screen while the J5 (2016) is bigger at 5.2. with both having screen resolutions of 1280×720. Color choices are Black, White and Gold for the earlier model while the later model offers Pink, White and Gold choices.

As for the batteries, the Samsung Galaxy J5 has a removable 3100mAh that lasts for four hours screen time while the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) comes with a removable 2600 battery. For internal storage, the J5 has 8GB that is expandable up to 128 while the RAM is 1.5GB. Conversely, for J5 (2016), internal memory is bigger at 16GB and is also expandable up to 128GB, both via microSD. As for the RAM, is it faster at 2GB.

For the cameras, not much has changed. Both smartphone models come with 13-megapixel rear cameras with Single LED flash while the front cameras are also the same with 5 megapixels. The slight different though is in the aperture. What used to be an opening of f/1.9 with the J5 is now f/2.2 aperture in the J5 (2016). That said, quality of the images from these two camera phones is close, with good detail preservation and sharpness. Both also lack the HDR mode.

For connectivity, the two have the same specs and these include WiFI, GPS and Bluetooth. While the other one has FM radio, the other model doesn’t but both have 3.5mm headphone jacks. Sensors for both include Proximity and Accelerometer while the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) also has the Ambient Light sensor.

Meanwhile, a petition for a Nougat update for the J5 (2016) and J7 is up. Users of these models should just wait and see if this pushes through.