Samsung is one name that has been very consistent in the Indian market from the time when Nokia was the only company that people trusted. It came into the market with its budget friendly phones with heaps of amazing features and trendy designs. Samsung has been manufacturing some good-looking phones ever since the S series came up, and it’s great to see that the company is continuing this to its budget segment phones as well.

Samsung has launched the Galaxy J7 (2016) in India yesterday and it comes with an all new design elements and an added feel-good factor. There is nothing exceptional about this smartphone but it is a complete package if we look at all its aspects. We unboxed and tested the J7 today morning, and here is a quick overview and the gaming performance of the J7 2016.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Specifications

Key SpecsSamsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
Display5.5 inches super AMOLED
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 6.0
Processor 1.6 GHz Octa-Core
ChipsetExynos 7870
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 3300 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCYes
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight170 gms
Price INR 15,990

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Unboxing [Video]

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) comes in a compact and colourful brick shaped box. It is pretty similar to the other Samsung packages we have seen with the earlier phones except the S series. You can watch the video below to see the unboxing.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Photo Gallery

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Hands On [VIDEO]

Box Contents

It comes with the following contents inside the box:

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  • Handset
  • Battery
  • Earphones
  • USB 2.0
  • 2-pin Charger
  • User manual & Warranty card

Physical Overview

The all new galaxy J7 comes packed in an all plastic body, which has metal frame surrounding it from the sides. The rear panel comes with a brushed metal finish, which is actually made of plastic but looks a lot like metal. There are several small changes in the design if compared to the last year’s J7 but the change is good. It has a huge display, which definitely makes it difficult to use it with one hand but it gives the much needed comfort to hold the device.

The feel of the phone is very premium, and more than that, it feels very solid to hold. This time it has a slight chamfer added to the outer edges of the metal frame. You will find the front camera, front LED flash, proximity sensor and the speaker grill on the front top of the phone.

Samsung Galaxy J7

Bottom has the physical home button and capacitive navigation keys on the left and right.

Samsung Galaxy J7

On the back, you will find the primary camera on the top and it has LED flash on its right. Another notable change is with the speaker grill, which looks stylish and better than the previous one.

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USB port and 3.5mm audio jack is at the bottom with the microphone hole.

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Volume rocker is on the left,

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And power/lock button is on the right hand side.

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User Interface

The UI this time is slightly different if compared to the last year’s J series phones and other Samsung phones launched recently. It comes with Android Marshmallow with Samsung’s own customization on top. It has the same UI that we saw on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge recently. It looks a lot like the old one but there are some additions and tweaks on the top.

The UI feels smooth, and works well with the hardware but I personally do not like the way it looks. So if you are someone who likes the Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, then you will definitely find this one suitable.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Gaming Performance

I installed one of the most played graphic intensive Modern Combat 5 on this smartphone. It was running the game on optimal graphic settings by default and it did not show any option to change the settings. Galaxy J7 (2016) comes with Exynos 7870 chipset, which is considered decent for day to day usage. While playing Modern Combat 5, I noticed that the graphics on the screen were not sharp but the game play was very smooth. It did not show any clutter or lag in between.

Heating was also well under control and it can run games like Asphalt 8 with medium graphics settings. I played Modern Combat 5 for 30 minutes and noticed 6% drop in the battery, and the temperature was under 35 degree Celsius.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Benchmark Scores

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Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
Nenamark59.7 fps
Quadrant24922
Geekbench 3Single Core- 747
Multi-Core- 4166
AnTuTu (64-bit)50139

Price and Availability

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) has been priced at INR 15,990 and this time, Samsung has decided to follow the online only approach with the 2 new J series phone for now. It will be sold exclusively on Flipkart from 10th May midnight.

Conclusion

Galaxy J7 (2016) is a great phone in terms of its features and hardware, but there are some drawbacks that make it look little ordinary in front of phones like OnePlus X, Moto X Play, Le 1s and more, which fall under the same price category. The overall performance of this phone is good but it lacks in some areas like the limited number of sensors, and 2 GB RAM. But if you are someone who needs a good camera, big battery, bright display and a brand value, then you can surely go for this handset.