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Samsung dominates the market as the most popular distributor of Android smartphones and just recently recorded its highest profit jump in three years. Aside from high-end devices, this South Korean multinational conglomerate also offers mid-range phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016). In this particular discussion, we will make a head-to-head comparison of the two models.

Design and Build

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is the definitive flagship of the J-series and does not disappoint in terms of design. It sports the capacitive Recent and Back buttons on the sides beneath the display while on the middle is the physical Home button which is also the location of the fingerprint scanner.  The back panel is made of metal material that adds to its robust and elegant look. At 8mm thick, this smartphone weighs at 167 grams.

The Galaxy A5 (2016), on the other hand, has premium build complemented by premium features. Similar in looks with Samsung Galaxy S6, it has a physical Home button and is fingerprint scanner-ready. The sides and frame are metal and shaped like the S6 and the four corners have small bumps that make it more stable to hold. Slightly thinner than J7 Prime at 7.3mm, this model weighs lighter at 155 grams.

J7 Prime and Galaxy A5 Features

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime comes with a 5.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 1080 x 1920 pixels at 401 ppi while the Galaxy A5 is smaller with a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED display, also with the same resolution but a pixel density of 424 ppi.

J7 Prime is covered with 2.5D Corning Gorila Glass that ensures enhanced user experience with a different card slot for the SIM card as well as SD cards for storage expansion that can reach up to 12 GB. This are features that J7 Prime shares with Galaxy A5. As for internal storage, J7 Prime and Galaxy A5 are available in 16 and 32GB for the former and in 16 GB for the latter. RAM are 3GB and 2GB, respectively.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is powered by an octa-core 1.6 GHz, Exynos 7870 while the A5 runs on Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53. The OS for the J7 Prime is Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow while the Galaxy A5 has Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

For camera features, J7 Prime sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and autofocus as well as an 8MP front camera while the A5 (2016) also has a 13MP autofocus camera at the back but only a 5MP front-facing camera.

Both have USB ports with the J7 Prime supporting microUSB 2.0 and USB OTG and the A5 (2016) supporting only microUSB 2.0. Conversely, for other similarities both have GPS, WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth and HTML5 browser. The two Android phones also have 3.5 headphone jacks, FM radio and are Dual SIM. For the batteries, both have non-removable Li-Ion-type batteries with the J7 Prime battery at 3300 mAh and the A5 (2016) battery at 2900 mAh.

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