For the longest time, Samsung has been using plastic as their main material for their phones. The company did made a bold move when they made a major redesign with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S7 that followed it. As for their midrange offerings, they continue to use plastic until the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime was announced.
Samsung wants to keep up with the pace as competitors have leveled up their own midrange offerings. Can it really compete or even stand out with its Chinese competitors? Read on with the review.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime:
- 1.6GHz octa core Exynos 7870 Octa processor
- Mali T830MP2 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB
- 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera f/1.9 aperture with autofocus and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera f/1.9 aperture
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 3,300 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Price: P13,990
- Status: Available at Samsung stores and retailers
DESIGN AND HARDWARE
All of the level up happenings are on the hardware. Plastic is all gone and Samsung has finally used all metal on the Galaxy J7 Prime’s chassis. This is the first time we’ve seen an all metal unibody design on a Samsung and it does look good. Metal means its slippery so better buy a clear case for better grip.
You might be wondering where is the speaker. Samsung has placed the speaker top right end which is just above the power button. At first we find it in an awkard position but surprisingly when we watch videos or play games, your hands can cover it since it is on the right side. Audio output is decent but could have been louder if they’ve put another speaker on the left side. Well, it is just a suggestion. 🙂
Ports and buttons check:
- Top – nothing
- Bottom – USB charging port, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone
- Left – volume rockers, SIM 1 tray, SIM 2/microSD tray
- Right – speaker, power button
- Back – 13 megapixel camera with flash
- Front – 5.5-inch display, sensors, home button, two capacitive buttons, 8 megapixel camera
From 720p, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is now on full HD or 1080p. This means higher resolution and sharper view. What we don’t understand is why Samsung opted not include auto brightness feature. It means you need to adjust the brightness manually. We tend to dim the screen when we are in a cinema and brighten it up after which is quite a hassle. It has an outdoor mode with super brightens the screen to make it visible under direct sunlight. Fingerprint works fine but it is noticeably a bit slower than the flagship Galaxy S7.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Samsung’s home brewed Exynos processor has been proven to be very reliable in terms of handling heavy tasks. During our review period, we never encountered any stutter and lags when playing games. That is because there is a generous 3GB RAM to handle all heavy tasks.
The camera remains the cream of the crop even on its mid range offerings. Photos are really good – dynamic range, color accuracy and saturation – all are well balanced. If you are a pro when it comes to photography, of course photos taken from the flagship Galaxy S7 will favor you. But for us, it is one of the best cameras for its price tag. Here take a look at the photos
Since it is a mid ranger, it offers dual SIM set up. SIM 1 is separate while the SIM 2 and microSD card slot are on the same tray but on different slots. Call quality is pleasant as lines are clear with no distortions whether using Globe or Smart networks. LTE connectivity is also decent.
The Galaxy J7 Prime’s winning feature is the battery life. A power efficient processor and the decision to put a Full HD display rather than a Quad HD one is a perfect formula for a longer battery life. We managed to get around 12 hours of heavy use with about four and a half hours of screen on time. Our test includes You Tube, I Want TV, social media, viber calls and video calls, WiFi hotspot and MyPAL player (a new app from Philippine Airlines in which you can watch TV shows and movies for free while on flight).
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Truly, Samsung has level up and was able to catch up with the competition by offering a premium mid range smartphone. All qualities of a good mid range smartphone are present – good display, great camera, smooth performance, reliable LTE, longer battery life.
- For the brand conscious on a budget – can’t afford Samsung’s flagship? Get the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime. Don’t ask, Just buy one.
- If you are looking for a reliable brand
- On the go and less dependent on wall sockets – If you are always on the go, the battery of this phone won’t let you down
- Specs junkies – specs specs specs. 3GB RAM can handle graphic intense games. Battery life can handle your gaming addiction, This processor can handle your tasks. 🙂