Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Great battery life; but competition offers better value for money


Past few months have not been the best for Samsung Mobiles with the entire Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The company was forced to recall the flagship device and the “safe” Galaxy Note 7 devices had the same exploding battery issues which made the company discontinue Note 7. However, things are much better in the mid-range section for the company. It announced the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime in August this year and released the smartphone in September for the consumers to buy the smartphone.

The entire timeline of Note 7 problem eclipsed the announcement and arrival of Galaxy J7 Prime in the market and it has been unfortunate for the device. But let us see what the Galaxy J7 Prime has on offer

Build and Design: 6/10


Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime comes with the same old traditional Samsung design with rounded corners. There is no deviation from the design philosophy, and it can be mistaken for any other Samsung smartphone. Overuse of the same design has made Samsung mid-budget smartphones dull and uninteresting from the design perspective.

Galaxy J7 Prime sports a plastic build on the front with a non-removable metal back with plastic top and bottom edges. Despite the plastic front, top and bottom, the smartphone surprised me with its sturdy build quality. There were no loose or squeaky parts and the device felt solid despite being a mid-range smartphone.

The top area on the front houses the proximity sensor, front camera and the earpiece speaker. The bottom area houses the “Recents” button on the left, “Home” button in the middle which includes the fingerprint sensor to quickly unlock the smartphone and a “Back” button on the right. The buttons are not back-lit and have icons inscribed which remove the possibility of reprogramming them.

The device sports a power button on the top at the right side and volume up and volume down buttons on the left side of the smartphone. Furthermore, Galaxy J7 Prime includes the primary SIM slot in the middle portion of the left side of the device with the bottom portion adding a separate slot for second SIM and microSD card.

The company has labelled the SIM slots for easier understanding of which slot is the primary slot.

Features: 6/10

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime comes equipped with a Samsung Exynos 7870 chipset which has an octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz along with Mali-T830MP2 GPU. The smartphone is equipped with 3GB RAM and packs 16GB internal storage along with a dedicated microSD slot to expand the storage up to 256GB. Also, it sports a 5.5-inch Full HD LCD IPS display covered by Corning Gorilla Glass on display.

Galaxy J7 Prime comes along with a 13MP camera sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, autofocus and LED flash on the back and an 8MP front facing camera with an f/1.9 aperture for selfies. It can capture up to 1080p Full HD videos.

The smartphone offers a number of options regarding connectivity options, ranging from Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS with GLONASS or BDS, microUSB v2.0 port with USB On-The-Go support, 3.5mm headphone jack and FM Radio support along with dual-nano SIM card slots. The device supports fingerprint scanner, accelerometer and proximity sensors.


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