Samsung Galaxy J3, J5, J7: 2017 vs 2016 versions

Samsung Galaxy J3, J5, J7: 2017 vs 2016 versions


The Samsung Galaxy J series is a relative newcomer to the Samsung smartphone family. That being said, it does cater to users that don’t require the best of the best from their handsets, and would rather save a few hundred bucks.

That’s why the series enjoys a moderate success globally, and it’s being upgraded for another year. But what exactly are the differences between last year’s Galaxy J smartphones and the current generation?

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) vs Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

Specs Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
Display 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 px, 401 ppi
Super AMOLED
5.5 inches, 720 x 1280 px, 267 ppi
Super AMOLED
Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870
RAM / Storage 3 GB / 16 GB 2 GB / 16 GB
Rear camera / Front camera 13 MP / 13 MP 13 MP / 5 MP
Software Android 7.0 Nougat Android 6.0 Marshmallow

In terms of design, Samsung has made some radical changes. The new Galaxy J7 (2017) looks like a much sleeker handset than last year’s Galaxy J7 (2016). The side bezels were trimmed down, and the entire device was given a more streamlined and fluid makeover, all the way to the antenna lines and the rear camera lens.

When it comes to hardware, however, the two handsets are nearly identical. The most notable upgrade is obviously that of the display. Samsung has ditched the 720 x 1280 pixels screen, and replaced it with a 1080 x 1920 pixels one for the 2017 version. Another major change is the selfie camera sensor, which was upped to a 13 MP one from the previous 5 MP. Other than that, Samsung has snuck in a slightly larger battery and an extra gigabyte of RAM in the new model, while keeping the same…



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