Samsung today announced the launch of the new smartphone, the Galaxy J7 Duo. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 16,990 and it will be available across retail stores starting April 12, 2018.
With this, Samsung is all set to increase its product range for the offline retail market. The brand, which once had a tight control over the non online market, is now facing stiff competition with the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. Now, with the entry of Nokia-branded smartphones, the competition is getting even more intense. Talking about the Galaxy J7 Duo, the one competitor it will have in the offline domain is the Nokia 6 (2018). The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 16,999 and it is available from the offline channel. But, which one is better? Read on.
Design and Display
Starting with the design, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo seems to feature a unibody, although the brand has not confirmed whether it is a metal body or plastic. On the other hand, the Nokia 6 (2018) is made from a single block of aluminium, which gives it a premium look. The device from Samsung looks like, well, other Samsung smartphones in the market, while the Nokia 6 (2018) has a distinct look. Both of them have a thickness of 8.2mm, though Nokia 6 (2018) is 2 grams lighter than the Galaxy J7 Duo. Too bad, Nokia, no marks for that from us at least
Coming to the display, the Galaxy J7 Duo features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The Nokia 6 (2018) comes with a 5.5-inch full HD with a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and 2.5d curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It’s a little surprisiing to see Samsung give an HD resolution at this price, while the competitor is clearly offering much better resolutions. So an easy win in this round for the The Nokia 6 (2018) with its much better display than the one present in Samsung.
Winner: Nokia 6 (2018) with so much ease!
Hardware and Software
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7 series processor. The phone is backed by a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via micro SD card slot.
The Nokia 6 (2018) is powered by a 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor along with Adreno 508 GPU. The phone is backed by 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD. In terms of sheer specs, the Nokia 6 (2018) seems to have a better processor as compared to Galaxy J7 Duo, which roughly translates to better performance in most of the departments. However, the Galaxy J7 Duo sports more RAM which means that users should be able to enjoy a faster experience. That said, we still prefer the Nokia 6 (2018) due to the more powerful Snapdragon 630 processor over Exynos.
On the software front, both the smartphones run on Android 8.0 Oreo. The Nokia 6 (2018) offers you pure Android experience, while the Samsung Experience UI present on Galaxy J7 Duo comes with some interesting features. It all boils down to consumer preference as those who want pure Android experience will opt for Nokia 6 (2018), while those who want a customised Android experience could go for Galaxy J7 Duo.
On the camera front, the Galaxy J7 Duo sports a dual-camera setup, which comes with a combination of 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash, f/1.9 aperture and 5-megapixel secondary camera. For the front, there is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling.
The Nokia 6 (2018) flaunts a 16-megapixel camera with PDAF, 1.0um sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. While at the front, we have an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a 1.12um sensor and f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calling. Again talking about sheer camera specs, the Galaxy J7 Duo seems to be a better option as you get dual rear cameras at the back with better aperture, meaning that photos should be slightly better on Galaxy J7 Duo. Both of them a similar front-facing camera, but it the rear camera that makes a difference.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo
Battery and Connectivity
The Nokia 6 (2018) is backed by a 3000mAh battery with fast charging support. The Galaxy J7 Duo also features a 3000mAh battery, but there is no fast charging support. While true that fast charging may not make a massive difference, it does come handy especially when paired with a USB Type-C port, which allow a faster rate of data transfer as compared to the micro USB 2.0. The round goes to the Nokia 6 (2018) then.
On the connectivity front, the Nokia 6 (2018) offers hybrid Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 5, GPS, USB Type C, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, Dual speakers, Dual smart amplifiers, and Dolby Atmos. The Galaxy J7 Duo supports 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB Type 2.0 and dual-SIM slot. Yet again, Nokia 6 (2018) is giving you better sound experience with stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos.
To conclude, the Galaxy J7 Duo seems to do a better job in the camera department. The phone bears more RAM as compared to Nokia 6 (2018). However, the latter is designed to give premium look and bears better display and processor than the latter. You get better audio experience in Nokia 6 (2018), which makes it a slightly better option than the Galaxy J7 Duo. Finding the Samsung piece will be a lot easier when you set out to buy it, but if looks matter to you, our advice is do make the effort to get a hands on for the Nokia 6 too, you never know,