Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Vs Galaxy J7 (2016): What’s the difference?

The Samsung Galaxy J-series began its journey last year as China specific smartphone models, but soon got available in other global markets. Similarly, the new 2016 models of the Samsung J-series smartphones seem to be following the same launch pattern, as the new Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) models have been listed in the European websites soon after their Chinese launch last month.

Samsung has already confirmed that the 2016 edition models of the Samsung Galaxy mid-ranged series will be available in several European countries. The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) has already been listed in Samsung’s official website in France, while the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) is already listed in Spain.

Samsung Galaxy J5

As per the reports, similar to the global availability of the affordable Samsung Galaxy J series last year, the new Galaxy J-series iterations will also be available in several regions outside China this year. Although, it is quite a surprise that Samsung has really expanding the launch of the 2016 edition of the Galaxy J so soon after their Chinese release.

It is also to be noted that there are some subtle differences between the models that were launched in the Chinese market and the Samsung Galaxy J models that are going to release in the European countries. These differences are primarily in the RAM and screen resolution fields and are little lesser in the European model as compared to the better loaded Chinese version.

Then again, it is also not fully clear at the moment whether the new Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) models will be as powerful as their Chinese counterparts in the other parts of the world or not.

Samsung Galaxy J7

Thus, there are many factors about the new Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) that are still unclear at the moment, just like the fact as to when these new versions of the smartphones will be actually available in India. Nevertheless, owing to abundant leaks as well as speculations, a lot of essential facts about the new Galaxy J5 (2016) and its bigger sibling the J7 (2016) are already out in the light.

For those who wish to grab one of these new iterations of the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, here’s a look at how they are different from each other and how well are they packed:

Design & Display

When it comes to design not much has changed, as the new Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) come with similar sleek, stylish and neat styling as before in their beautiful metal frame. Both the smartphone models look and feel quite premium, stylish and sturdy. The devices are sleek and lightweight. While the dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) are 145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm, the dimensions of the Galaxy J7 (2016) are 151.7 x 76 x 7.8 mm. Both the J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) come in the color choices of Pink, White and Gold.

The Galaxy J5 (2016) flaunts a large 5.2 inch Super AMOLED High Definition full capacitive multi touchscreen with a screen resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, while the Galaxy J7 (2016) boasts of a larger of 5.5 inch with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.


In terms of camera specs, both the Galaxy J5 2016 and the Galaxy J7 2016 models are identical and don’t have any differences. Both the mid-rangers offer a 13 MP primary rear camera that comes with f/1.9 aperture, 28mm, and offers camera features like autofocus and LED flash for quality pictures even in low light conditions. The primary camera also offers other inbuilt features including Face detection, Touch to Focus, Auto Flash, Geo tagging, etc.

For all the selfie shooting and video calling requirements there is a very efficient 5 MP front facing secondary camera that comes with f/1.9 aperture and also offers an LED flash for great detailed selfies even in low light. The front camera also offers you the benefit of full HD video recording capabilities. Both the rear and front cameras are very impressive.


The Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 is equipped with a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset that ticks at 1.2 GHz. The processor gets the support of 2 GB of RAM along with the Adreno 306 GPU to handle graphics, multitasking, multi-media and web browsing. On the other hand, the Galaxy J7 2016 packs in a more powerful octa core chipset that is clocked at 1.6 GHz along with the support of 3 GB of RAM. So expect the J7 2016 to offer smoother performance on the whole.

Software & Storage

The latest versions of Samsung J series of smartphone both run on the Android OS version 5.1 Lollipop which offers an array of benefits. Both the Galaxy J5 2016 and its sibling Galaxy J7 2016 also offer the same onboard storage of 16 GB which can be expanded to up to 128 GB through microSD card.

Battery & Connectivity

The new Galaxy J5 2016 smartphone comes with a 3100 mAh li-ion battery pack which is good enough to offer a whole day long of work and play and should offer good talk time as well. The Galaxy J7 2016 packs in a slightly larger 3300 mAh battery to support its slightly larger display better.

In terms of networking and connectivity, both the new Galaxy J models offer all the latest connectivity options including 4G, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Port, GPS, HDMI Port, micro USB 2.0, and an array of sensors such as Accelerometer and proximity sensor, while the J7 2016 also offer Ambient light sensor.


Both the new Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and the new Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) are definitely good upgrades over their predecessors from last year. The new edition models are better loaded with new features and upgraded specs to offer overall updated smartphone experience.

Both the models offer premium styling, sturdy built, large crisp displays, good hardware specs, capable cameras and features and are well worth of their mid-ranged pricing. However, from the above comparison, it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) is the superior device and will also cost dearer than its smaller sibling.