Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Sits On Top Of Affordable Smartphones List [Review]

Although the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is available to purchase at various retail stores across India. Priced at Rs. 18,790, the J7 Prime is easy to manage and at this price point the phone we are talking about is one of the most popular in Samsung’s Galaxy J range that is pleasure to use at a more affordable smartphone sitting on the top of some best handsets in India.

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However, the Galaxy J7 Prime doesn’t use any kind of fast charging support but noticed that it went to 40% from zero in just about 30 minutes which isn’t as bad at all. When speaking about its battery life, the phone took slightly less than two hours to charge fully from zero. It packs a large 3300mAh battery, S Power Planning and excellent screen. While S Power Planning and Secure Folder are two neat value additions in software. There’s Reserve Battery For Calls too, a feature that was of many’s favorite power saving options and the Extend Battery Time option, users will be left with limited phone functionality as it kills a lot of features.  This option is claimed to give users up to twice the usual amount of battery life.

In 2016, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime receives a better metal body, larger battery and supports 4G, fingerprint reader by means. The Korean company has already been promoting heavily Galaxy J7 Prime as India-specific “smart” features called S Power Planning, S Bike mode and S Secure, which were been developed by its R&D centers in India itself. In our thoughts, the Galaxy J7 Prime would be the solid competitor in its price segment and much more.

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For that, Samsung has made a few changes in terms of design in the premium segment, and the Galaxy J7 Prime is also part of that same mid-range world. It sports a physical Home button just below the display, with capacitive Recents and Back buttons placed on either side. With the integration of metal rear panel, the new J7 Prime looks solidly built, and it’s rounded edges make it easier to hold the device. The Galaxy J7 Prime is slightly thick of 8mm architecture, though, it feels light for a 5.5-inch phone weighs at 167 grams. You will find a 3.5mm audio jack and micro-USB port on the bottom and a Samsung logo is embedded above the phone’s display, plus there’s more branding at the back portion.

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The Galaxy J7 Prime’s display is protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on its front, giving is a luxury look and feel. The power button is placed on the right and is accompanied by a single speaker grille. On the left partition you’ll find the two distinct volume buttons alongside the Hybrid SIM and microSD card slots. Featuring a full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display, the Galaxy J7 Prime has a pixel density of 480ppi making its screen sharp and great for watching videos and games.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime Specifications In Brief

The new Galaxy J7 Prime comes with the power of Samsung’s own Exynos 7870 processor clocked at 1.6GHz Octa-Core CPU and 3GB of RAM. It includes a 16GB of internal storage, which is further expandable up to 256GB. Now the dual-SIM phone supports two Nano-SIMs with 4G connectivity on both. Photography part inside the Galaxy J7 Prime, you will have a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera sensor with f/1.9 apurture and an LED flash. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. For internet and synchronization and sharing purposes there are options on Galaxy J7 Prime including 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth and GLONASS.

On the software front, the Galaxy J7 Prime runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI skin layered on top. One of the biggest and considerable changes the company made with its TouchWiz UI is the reduction in the amount of bloatware. Much like other high-end smartphones, the J7 Prime also comes pre-loaded with a number of Microsoft apps including Word, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Skype. The home screen also features a Goolge folder which includes Google apps such as Gmail, Chrome browser, Google Search, YouTube, Google Drive, Play Music, Play Movies and TV, Hangouts and of course Google Photos. Don’t worry, the J7 Prime also brings with it a folder packing a variety of Samsung apps like the default mail app and Web browser, S Health, Galaxy Apps, and S Planner among others.

What we didn’t mentioned about was the Ultra-Data saving mode and S bike mode, both these features have been seen on previous models. The S Power Planning offers consumers three ways to get more out of the remaining battery life. Those includes Reserve Battery For Calls, which relatively allocates a certain percentage of the life for calls and SMS text messages, Extended Battery Time offers three power-saving levels to users and Forward Calls, as the name suggests, pushes calls to another number when the phone runs out of power, Brilliant, isn’t it?

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To compare, the Ultra Power Saving mode restricts use of apps on the handset and turns off mobile data when the screen is off. It also shuts off battery fungry functions such as Bluetooth syncng, Wireless networks access and location-based GPS tracking. You being a Galaxy J7 Prime owner can also limit the useage of your Wi-Fi connection and cellular data in the background.

Highlight feature of the software on the J7 Prime would be the Secure Folder which eventually focuses on security and privacy. Worthy addition that lets users lock and even hide apps with just your fingerprint. In order to access the Secure Folder, users will need to lock the device with a finger identity. The Galaxy J7 Prime also offers what Samsung calling it Secure WiFi, which encrypts data being transferred over public WiFi hotspots. The S bike feature on J7 Prime is purely based around the core motorcycle riders that should not be distracted by incoming calls while on the road. Before starting a bike ride, a user can enable the S bike mode from the quick settings menu. Once that mode activated, callers will hear a prerecorded message informing them the person whom they’re calling is currently riding. If the call is urgent, the caller can press 1 to pass it through, and only then will the phone ring to alert the rider. There’s a motion lock feature present that will prevent the user from picking up a call until he or she comes to a stop.

For the aforementioned features, Samsung has placed the S Power Planning, S Secure, Secure Wi-Fi, and S Bike mode toggles in the Quick Settings panel by default. It handles games like Dead Trigger 2 with ease. Multi-tasking on the J7 Prime was fine and apps launched quickly.

Finally. In the benchmarks tests, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime performed well with scores of 45,795 in AnTuTu and 23,955 on Quadrant. In 3D Mark Ice Storm Extreme, the Galaxy J7 Prime returned a score of 5018, however in GFXBench, it managed just 11fps.

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  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD TFT display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor
  • 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 151.5 x 74.9 x 8.1mm; Weight: 167g
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
  • 3300mAh battery

With this rating, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime can compete with the likes of Motorola Moto X Play and Lenovo Vibe X3 and most probably, the J7 Prime has to face its biggest challenge with the newly launched Lenovo Z2 Plus came with flagship-grade Snapdragon 820 processor and only starts at a price in India for Rs. 17999, respectively.

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