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Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime and J7 Prime: Are they better than J5, J7 2016?

The new Galaxy J5 Prime and J7 Prime have slightly better features than J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) models.

Samsung yesterday launched two smartphones -Galaxy J5 Prime and J7 Prime. Both the phones are said to be the advanced variants of Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016) models.

The Galaxy J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) are available for Rs 11,990 and 15,990 at the moment on Flipkart. The new Prime variants are launched at Rs 14,790 and Rs 18,790 respectively.

Let's compare the specifications of the Prime variants with the normal variants and see if one should spend another Rs 3,000 to buy the Prime variant.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime has the same metallic design as the normal J5. The smartphone sports the same 5 inch 720p display. It has the same internal storage (16GB) and RAM (2 GB) but offers higher expandable storage space (256GB vs 128GB). The camera department also seems to be pretty much same - 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. The processor this time around is Exynos and is clocked at slightly higher clock speed of 1.4 Ghz.

The Galaxy J5 Prime has a smaller 2400 mAh battery compared to 2600 mAh battery in the older variant. There is no change in connectivity options with usual WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G, VoLTE etc. Also Samsung seems to have skipped the Super AMOLED display for the Prime variant which can be a bummer for some. One welcome addition is the finger print scanner implemented on the home button.

On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime also comes with the similar metallic design with a 1080p 5.5 inch 2.5d curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection compared to 5.5 inch 720p display in the J7 (2016). The processor seems to be same as J7 but the Prime variant has better RAM (3GB) and 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB compared to 128GB of J7 (2016). The J7 Prime runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and sports a finger print scanner on the home button. It too has a smaller battery of 3300 mAh against 4100 mAh battery of J7 (2016).

The J7 Prime has a better 8 megapixel front camera compared to a 5 MP unit in the J7 (2016) but both have the same 13 MP rear camera. Like J7 (2016), the J7 Prime does not have an AMOLED screen.

Additionally, both the smartphones come with Samsung's S Power and S Secure features to conserve battery and your media content. Both the devices will be available in Black and Gold variants.


The new J5 Prime and J7 Prime are slightly upgraded versions of J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) models. With additional fingerprint scanner and higher storage space, they look lucrative but do not forget that despite spending about Rs 3000 extra, you will lose out on AMOLED screen and get a smaller battery.

First Published : Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 11:08

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