It’s not long since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy J5 2017 alongside the likes of Samsung Galaxy J3 2017 and Galaxy J7 2017.
In fact, the new Galaxy J 2017 series has not yet made it to some markets across the globe, but it should be doing so in the coming days and weeks. Even before the Galaxy J5 2017 makes its mark in the smartphone market, the South Korean tech giant has unveiled a follow up model to this phone dubbed Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro.
As you may have guessed, the Galaxy J5 Pro is a higher end version of the standard J5 2017. This means that you are getting slightly better specs on the former compared to what the latter has to offer. With the enhanced specs sheet, you have more reason to skip the standard J5 2017 version in favor of the upgraded version, but as expected, be ready to shell a few more dollars on top of what you would have paid for the standard model.
Just so as you know the difference between the two, the new Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro ships with a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display screen that boasts an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The processor running the show is an Exynos 7870 octa-core clocked at 1.6GHz and mated with a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. This is the same package that you will find on the standard Galaxy J5 2017, but instead of the 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage used on the J5 2017, the J5 Pro gets a better 3GB RAM and twice the storage of the former while keeping the support for expandable storage.
Of course, Samsung loves to play around with its phones, which means some regions receiving the Galaxy J5 2017 are also getting a slightly different specs sheet, but it’s not so different. Those in Southeast Asia are getting a J5 2017 handset with the same 2GB RAM, but a better 32GB of storage, which is still less powerful compared to the J5 Pro.
In essence, the above mentioned changes are the only differences between the Galaxy J5 Pro and Galaxy J5 2017. As for the rest of the specs, everything remains unchanged. This means that you get a single-LED 13MP camera on the back as well as a similar package on the front, which also includes an LED flash. The fingerprint scanner is front-mounted and doubles as the Home button and software-wise, the duo has the same Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
You will get a decent 3000mAh battery unit on board, which is not removable. The pair also supports other features such as NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, Samsung Pay and 4G LTE connectivity. The design language is also unchanged, where the new Galaxy J5 Pro also gets an all metal unibody featuring curved antenna bands in same positions as they appear on the J5 2017. In fact, you’d be forgiven for walking away with a Galaxy J5 2017 thinking that it’s a Galaxy J5 Pro.
As at the time of this writing, Samsung has only confirmed the Galaxy J5 Pro in a single market – Thailand. The phone retails at about $330 compared to the $300 price tag of the J5 2017. There’s still no word on the availability of the J5 Pro in other markets, but knowing Samsung, it won’t be long before this unit makes it to other markets across the globe, probably with a different moniker. In short, waiting a little longer could see you land a better phone than the J5 2017, but if you can’t wait or aren’t willing to add the extra $30 needed to grab the J5 Pro, well, the J5 2017 is still a solid option.