With the launch of two most awaited phones the Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 2016 Edition, Samsung has held its ground pretty firmly. Both the devices fall under the 15K price segment, which is the most crowded segment for smartphones these days. We were there at the launch event and tried our hands on both the phones. After the hands on experience at the event, we have come up with the answers to most common questions about the Galaxy J5 2016.

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Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Pros

  • Impressive design
  • Colourful and Crisp display
  • Removable back cover
  • Great camera
  • Fair performance
  • NFC

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Cons

  • 2 GB RAM
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • No ambient light¬†sensor

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Hands-On/First Impression [Video]

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Quick Specifications

Key SpecsSamsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Display5.2 inches super AMOLED
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 6.0
Processor 1.2 GHz quad-core
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 410
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 3100 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCYes
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight159 gms
Price INR 13,990

Question- How is Design and Build Quality?

Answer- The Galaxy J5 (2016) looks the same as the Galaxy J7 (2016), only the screen size is different. It comes with a 5.2 inch display that makes the form factor more user friendly. Samsung has used metal on the sides this time, and the sides are rounded for a more comfortable hold on the device. The back panel has a brush metal finish but it is made out of good quality plastic. The front looks almost the same as we have seen in the earlier J series phones.

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Photo Gallery

Question- Does the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer- Yes, it has dual-SIM slots.

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Question- Does the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer- Yes, it supports microSD card up to 128 GB.

Question- Does Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Have Display Glass Protection?

Answer- Samsung has not confirmed anything about the display glass protection yet.

Question- How is the Display of the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- It comes with a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. This is a very idea display size for viewing videos and also fits well in the palm. Viewing angles are good, and colour production is also nice. The only thing that did not convince us is the lower resolution of screen with 5.2 inch screen size. Otherwise the display looks perfect for the price.

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Question- Does Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer- No, it does not offer adaptive brightness option.

Question- Are navigation Buttons Backlit?

Answer- No, it does not have backlit navigation keys. The navigation keys are painted in shiny colour.

Question- Which OS Version, Type Runs on Phone?

Answer- It comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Question- Is there any Fingerprint Sensor, How Good or Bad It Is?

Answer- No, it does not have a fingerprint sensor on board.

Question- Is Fast Charging Supported in Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- No, quick charging is not available in this phone.

Question- How Much Free Internal Storage is Available to User?

Answer- Out of 16 GB, 10.89 GB of storage is available at user end.

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Question- Can Apps be moved to SD card on Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- Yes, apps can be moved to microSD card.

Question- How Much RAM is Available on the first Boot?

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Answer- 1.3 GB of RAM was free out of 2 GB when we turned it on.

Question- Does it have LED notification light?

Answer- Yes, it has a LED notification light.

Question- Does it support USB OTG?

Answer- Yes, it does support USB OTG.

Question- Does Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) offer theme options to choose from?

Answer- No, it does not come with preloaded theme options.

Question- How Loud is The Loudspeaker?

Answer- We did not test the Galaxy J5 speaker at the event but we can expect it be fairly loud.

Question- How is the Call quality?

Answer- The call quality is really nice, we did not notice any issue in with the call.

Question- How good is The Camera Quality of the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- The rear camera on Galaxy J5 is 13 MP, and it has f/1.9 aperture, which naturally makes it good for low light pictures. We clicked images from the camera in the day light and they came out be really impressive, it showed great colour production and clarity. The front camera is also capable of clicking good quality selfies but it may suffer in dim light conditions, as it is something common with most of the front cameras.

Question- Can we Play Full HD 1080p Videos on Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- It comes with a HD display (720 x 1280p) which supports video resolution up to 720p. So, it can play HD videos but the resolution will be restricted under this 720p.

Question- Can Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) record slow motion videos?

Answer- No, it cannot record slow motion videos.

Question- How is the Battery Backup on Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- It comes with a 3100 mAh battery, and this is a decent capacity for a phone with 720p display resolution. We can expect it to last more than 1 day without any issue.

Question- What Color Variants Available for Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- White, Black and Gold variants are available for Samsung Galaxy J5.

Question- Is there any in-built power saver in the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- Yes, it comes with ultra-data saving mode which is very effective for data saving.

Question- Which Sensors are available on Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- It has accelerometer and proximity sensor. We are still busy scratching our heads, at this price point, we expected at least a light sensor in this phone.

Question- What is the Weight of Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- It weighs around 158 grams.

Question- What is the SAR Value of Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)?

Answer- Not available.

Question- Does It Support Tap Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support tap to wake commands.

Question- Does Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Have Heating Issues?

Answer- We will test the heating once we receive a review unit.

Question- Can Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer- Yes, it can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question- How is the Gaming Performance?

Answer- We have not tested the gaming performance of this device till now, but we are pretty sure that this phone can handle games like Dead Trigger 2 and Modern combat 5 at medium graphic settings. It may not be smooth with Asphalt 8 but it will still manage to run this game at lower graphic levels. 2 GB RAM is something that makes us think twice about the gaming performance otherwise it has a fine set of hardware for medium level gaming.

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer- Yes, it supports mobile hotspot internet sharing.

Conclusion

At INR 13,990, Galaxy J5 is a phone that has a nice design, good display, big battery and a very good set of camera. If you will compare it with other phones of this range, then it will leave behind most of its competitions in terms of quality. Like any other phone, it has its drawbacks but it does well to cope up with it.