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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) First Impressions: Familiar looks, more power

Samsung launched the 2016 edition of its Galaxy J7 smartphone earlier this year in China. The South Korean Giant has now launched the Galaxy J7 (2016) in India. Priced at Rs 15,990, the smartphone incorporates Samsung’s1 popular S-bike mode especially designed for bikers. We spent some time with the 2016 iteration of the Galaxy J7, and here are our first impressions.


The Samsung2 Galaxy J7 (2016) sports the traditional Samsung design. It comes with round edges and a sleek from factor which makes it easy to hold. The device has a removable back panel and its front houses a physical home button, along with two softkeys mapped to ‘options’ and ‘back’ functions.The power button is located on the right side, while the volume rocker is placed on the left side. The rear also has the 13MP camera with LED flash and the familiar Samsung branding. Underneath the back panel is a removable battery, dual sim card slots and a microSD card slot. The front-facing 5MP shooter is LED flash equipped as well. DisplayThe Samsung3 Galaxy J7 (2016) features a 5.5-inch HD display with 1280×720 pixels resolution.

The display produces sharp colours but fails to deliver good visibility under the sun. It is big enough to offer a delightful gaming or movie experience. The viewing angles are fine too.


On the hardware front, the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) is powered by a 1.6GHz Octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. The internal storage of the handset is 16GB which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. The device performed pretty well and we did not face any lags while playing games. However, we were a bit disappointed with the 4G experience as videos didn’t stream as fast as they should have. We’ll look into it more during our in-depth review.

SoftwareThe 2016 variant of Samsung4 Galaxy J7 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It comes with a clean and user friendly interface. There is an app drawer which prevents the homescreen from getting cluttered.

Users can also make different folders like multimedia and productivity to group similar apps together. The smartphone also comes equipped with Samsung’s popular S-bike mode. This feature mutes the phone automatically when the user is riding a two-wheeler, and sends a text to the caller to call later. The S-bike Mode feature will help the bikers to concentrate on the road while riding.Moreover, bikers can also mark a few contacts as important so that they can be notified even while riding.

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Camera Coming to the cameras, the company has fitted the J7 with a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front facing snapper for selfies. The camera managed to click some decent images with good amount of detailing. The selfie camera too was also able to produce nice images in low light conditions, thanks to the front facing flash. The camera6 app is easy to use and the company has also introduced various modes to enhance the photography experience. What we think The Samsung7 Galaxy J7 (2016) seems to be a good option in the mid-range price segment. The device offers decent specifications and a balanced design. However, for our final verdict you will have to wait a bit.

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