Amid all the countless rumors, Samsung’s Galaxy J7 (2017) has silently hit the Verizon stores in the US recently. Before you jump the gun, check out this specs review of ours on the Samsung Galaxy J7, so that you know whether this is really the device you wanna spend on.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the handset these days with it popping up on the internet every alternate day. In fact, just a few days back, the T-Mobile Galaxy J7 (2017) was spotted at the FCC, hinting that it will be launched shortly. And finally, the device has made its way to the US via Verizon as Galaxy J7 V.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Galaxy J7 2017.
Galaxy J7 2017 Design
Samsung’s trademark design language is pretty evident on the Galaxy J7 right from the first glance. With neatly rounded corners, and the iconic home button which also doubles as the fingerprint scanner flanked by the navigation buttons on either side, the Galaxy J7 looks like any other mid-range handset from Samsung.
The rear, though, looks a bit different this time. While the entire back looks smooth and a tad bit glossy, a certain portion of it has a textured finish which looks pretty decent.
For its buck, you can grab a better looking phone with better display sure, like Honor 6X, but if you’re tied to Verizon, that’s not an option — and that is what Galaxy J7 is banking on.
Galaxy J7 2017 Display
The latest iteration of the Galaxy J7 flaunts a 5.5-inch display with an HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. We’re disappointed by the no. of pixels on the show here, as Full HD is kind of minimum we would like to see in our next phone really.
Moreover, you get a TFT type display, which is of course worse than the IPS, LCD or AMOLED kind we’d hope for. To top it all off, a 2.5D curved glass runs over face of the phone.
Well, don’t expect the J7 2017, or the J7 V at Verizon, to impress you with its display, but if you are least concerned by that, you can ignore it. On the contrary, you want the best display in this range, you definitely need to look away from J7.
Galaxy J7 2017 Processor
As is the case with most of the mid-rangers these days, the Samsung Galaxy J7 V is powered by the Qualcomm’s power efficient octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz.
As a matter of fact, the Snapdragon 625 processor has been the darling of mid-range smartphone manufacturers of late. The chipset, while offering smooth performance, promises stellar battery life owing to its 14nm production tech.
Also, it has the Adreno 506 GPU to take care of graphics in case you are wondering — which should help you pay most of the games on the offer on Play Store, but obviously, don’t expect stellar performance from this one.
Galaxy J7 2017 RAM and Storage
Although 3GB of RAM has become a norm of sorts for mid-range devices these days, Samsung is still offering 2GB of RAM with the Galaxy J7, which is a bit of a bummer.
In terms of internal storage space, the smartphone comes with 16GB of on-board storage which is thankfully expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card slot.
We can cry over lack of 3GB RAM, but unless you plan to install tons of apps and games from play store, you will do just fine with Galaxy J7.
Galaxy J7 2017 Software
In line with the previous leaks and rumors, the Samsung Galaxy J7 boots Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Yay!
You know what, this makes the J7 only Samsung device apart from popular flagships like Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 to run on Nougat right now! Yeah, we too are said with the dire state of updates, man.
This comes as a bit of a surprise as the Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime (2017), and the Samsung On5 (2017) were launched with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the Galaxy J7.
Whenever Android O — scheduled to release by August 2017, and available right now as Developer Preview 1 for Nexus and pixel sets — comes out for the public, we expect Samsung to release the Android 8.0 update to its Galaxy J7 2017. Though that could by June 2018, in case you’re checking out calendar already!
Galaxy J7 2017 Camera
In terms of imaging, the Galaxy J7 sports an 8MP sensor at the back paired with a LED light to assist in low lighting conditions. At the front, we are looking at a 5MP shooter for selfies and video calling.
Being a budget level handset, you really cannot expect more, right? WRONG! Have a look at Moto G5 Plus, and you will be blown by the camera it offers, besides everything else where it beast the shit out of J7. And it costs even $10 less than what you pay Verizon to grab a J7 V without contract.
Galaxy J7 2017 Battery
The Galaxy J7 houses a 3,300mAh battery to stay juiced up all day long. This is easily one of its best-selling features.
Combine it with the fact that it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset under-the-hood; you can easily spend a day without worrying about the battery life. To further sweeten the deal, Samsung is throwing in support for Quick Charge 3.0. So, expect fast charging speeds.
Galaxy J7 2017 launch date and price
Samsung Galaxy J7 has already made its way to the US market via Verizon as the Galaxy J7 V. So, it’s only a matter of time until other carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile, and other operators make it available on their networks respectively.
Though, not all carriers could be seen carrying it, but we’ve seen AT&T variant leak earlier, so we bet users at the AT&T are gonna get one. Besides, Samsung could also launch an unlocked variant in US.
The device is currently shipping for $10 a month for 24 months with $0 down on Verizon. You can also pay $240 upfront to own the device right away. The device should carry a similar price tag on other carriers as well.
So, that’s everything about Galaxy J7 2017. In a summary, it doesn’t get you the best specsheet for its price in today’s market, all thanks to poor display and camera components. But where it does score is slightly better than average battery life, and Android 7.0 Nougat OS, besides the fact that its available at Verizon, and would be available at AT&T, which few phones make it to. So, if you are at one of the above two carriers, where not many options are available, this is easily your best choice in budget range.