Last year, Samsung expanded its budget smartphone lineup with several new options. It launched the Galaxy J5 and J7. The two devices, which turned out to be very popular, not only packed desirable features and specifications. For instance, they were the first Samsung devices to have front-facing LED flash. With such a seemingly high profile and what you would call bang for buck (the two devices were favourably priced) what can Samsung do to improve upon them? Looks like a lot.
Images captured from the website of China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) not only show the devices in their full glory but also reveal several features not hinted at before. The most notable one may be the addition of Laser AutoFocus in the 2016 editions of the Galaxy J5 and J7 smartphones. While unconfirmed, if indeed it exists then it will mean a lot of things. The most important of all is that Samsung is pulling all stops to appease the budget customer in the wake of increased competition from the likes of Alcatel, Huawei (and its Honor brand), Xiaomi and LG’s recent onslaught.
The Galaxy J5 is expected to feature a 5.2-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a minor bump from the 5-inch panel in last year’s edition. It will have a yet-to-be-known quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, a 13-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera (just like last year), 16 GB internal storage (expandable) and 2 GB RAM.
The Galaxy J7, on the other hand will, like last year, be the bigger of the two devices. It will have a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, 16 GB onboard storage (expandable via a memory card, of course), 3 GB RAM, a 3,300mAh battery and the same cameras as the Galaxy J5. As was the case last year, the Galaxy J7 will also be available in two variants. One variant is expected to have Samsung’s newest chip, the Exynos 7870 , clocked at 1.6 GHz while another will have a yet-to-be-known processor (most likely from Qualcomm) clocked at 1.5 GHz.
Both devices will have LED flash on the front and support for LTE networks.
In keeping with the Galaxy J’s budget credentials, both devices are still expected to be plastic-made.
While the leaks show that both devices are running Android 5.1 Lollipop, they are expected to have Android 6.0 Marshmallow by the time they are made official – which could be any time now.