Samsung has unveiled the successor to its successful mid range phone Galaxy J7. The new phone is named as the Galaxy J7 Prime. It comes with interesting upgrades as compared to its predecessor. Galaxy J7 Prime has a Fingerprint sensor which was missing in the previous variant, it has full HD display as compared to HD in the latter, moreover, it comes with 3 GB RAM instead of 2 GB with 16GB storage and a higher 8 MP front camera instead of 5 MP. We got to spend some time with the device and here is our hands on experience with the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime.

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Samsung J7 Prime Specifications

Key SpecsSamsung Galaxy J7 Prime
Display5.5 inch IPS LCD display
Screen Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor 1.6 GHz Octa core processor
ChipsetExynos 7870 Octa
Memory3GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16GB
Storage UpgradeYes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera13 MP with LED Flash
FHD Video recordingYes
Secondary Camera8 MP
Battery 3300 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual
Weight167 grams
Dimensions151.7 x 75 x 8 mm
Price Rs. 18,790

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Design and Built

Samsung J7 Prime has a 5.5 inches display with 73.3% screen-to-body ratio. It has a 2.5 D curved corning gorilla glass 4 on the top and a metal unibody design with a non removable battery. On the back side it has a good looking 13 MP camera and it has a fingerprint sensor which is inbuilt in the home button. The dimensions of the phone are 151.7 x 75 x 8 mm and it weighs around 167 grams. The build quality is premium and the feel is also luxurious because of the all metal body. It can be a little slippery at times but still at 167 grams with a 5.5 inch display it is quite handy.

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Let us take a look at the phone from different angles

Front Top features a loudspeaker grill, Proximity and Ambient light Sensors and front camera.

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At the bottom there are 2 navigation keys and a home button with inbuilt fingerprint sensor

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On the right side there is a power button and a loudspeaker grill on top of it

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On the left there is a volume rocker

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On the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack and a micro USB port

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Display

J7 Prime has a 5.5 inches IPS LCD display with Corning gorilla glass 4 on the top. It has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD) and a pixel density of 401 ppi. The viewing angles are good, and the overall display quality is also good.

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Camera

It is equipped with a 13 MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture, 28mm lens, autofocus and LED flash. It features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. It supports Full HD video recording @ 30 fps. On the front it has an upgraded 8 MP camera with f/1.9 aperture and front flash.

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Hardware and OS

It is powered by a 1.6 GHz Octa-core (Cortex-A53) processor with Exynos 7870 Octa chipset and Mali-T830MP2. It has 3 GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card through a dedicated slot.

It comes with the latest Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow).

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Price and Availability

Samsung J7 Prime is priced at Rs. 18,790 and it is available via offline stores and Samsung online store.

Conclusion

As we discussed earlier Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is a newer variant of the J7 (2016). As compared to the predecessor, J7 Prime comes with a Fingerprint sensor, more RAM, metal build, better front camera and a Full HD display and it is priced around 3000 more than the former. But, if you are not a big Samsung fan then you can go for Moto G4 Plus, One Plus X and Lenovo Vibe X3 in the same price segment or you can wait for Moto Z Play. You can also go for LeEco Le 2, Redmi Note 3 in the lower price segment if you are not fond of Samsung.

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Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.