Reasonably priced, relatively powerful and slightly prettier than expected, the mid-end smartphones should appeal to a young demographic.
There’s no point opposing it, let alone denying it’s slowly advancing from a seemingly ephemeral fad to a full-on mania. We mean, of course, the rise of selfie-centric Androids, with HTC, Sony, Asus and now Samsung unafraid to switch the position of hotshot phone cameras.
Don’t get us wrong, the oft-rumored and at last unveiled Galaxy J5 and J7 demonstrate great skill as far as their rear snappers are concerned. But it’s arguably the front cams that steal the show, with wide-angle 5 MP sensors and impressive LED flash setups.
Face it, 13 megapixel main photographic units have become the monotonous standard recently, even in the sub-$300 space, while 5 MP LED flash secondary shooters still strike us as unusual. Unusually gifted, especially on gadgets priced at the equivalent of $225 and $290 respectively in China.
No words on a global spread at the moment, but Samsung needs something to position below the metal-framed Galaxy E5 and E7 on the Western totem pole, and this plastic-made 5/5.5-inch duo clearly fits the profile.
1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage space, microSD support, 720p display resolution, 4G LTE connectivity and Android 5.1 Lollipop software are provided across the board, alongside the above mentioned cams, with key differences between the two J-series devices deriving from screen size (duh), as well as processing power and battery capacity.
Namely, the upper tier J7 uses a 3,000 mAh cell to keep the lights on with an octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip under the hood, while the J5 lowers both bars to 2,600 mAh juice and quad-core Snapdragon 410 punch.
Overall, the quality-price ratio isn’t half bad, at least in Asia, and for all-plastic constructions (or so we presume), the designs should feel convincing… enough, with 7.9 and 8.5 mm profiles, smoothly rounded edges and honorably slim bezels.