The new generation of quintessential mid-ranges have already been officially announced. The Galaxy J5 is one of the brand's best-selling devices, and it already knows its third version with this Galaxy J5 2017. It is the most expensive terminal of the three, with a price of 280 euros, but it is true that it represents a jump of important quality compared to the previous two generations , in camera, design and connections. We are going to examine its main features to get a detailed look at this Samsung Galaxy J5 2017.
Design and display
The new edition of the Galaxy J5 maintains the 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with HD resolution (1,280 x 720 pixels) . An increase in screen quality could be expected considering that the new Galaxy A did go up to Full HD, but it seems that this will have to wait a generation.
Where we do notice a level rise is in the finish. Both the J5 and the J5 2016 had a plastic finish, and for this J5 2017 the jump has been made to the aluminum chassis . The result is much more premium, more aesthetic and attractive to the eye. In addition, it will be offered in three colors: black, sky blue and a soft gold.
In terms of measurements, the Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 has reduced the thickness and width to return to a terminal more similar to the Galaxy J5 of 2015. 7.8 mm thick, 71.3 wide and 146.3 high . In this last measure we do find something new: it is the highest Galaxy J5 of all.
Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 data sheet
|screen||Super AMOLED 5.2 inches with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution|
|Main chamber||13 megapixels with f / 1.7 aperture and flash|
|Camera for selfies||13 megapixels with aperture at f / 1.9 and flash|
|Internal memory||16 GB|
|Extension||microSD up to 256 GB|
|Processor and RAM||Exynos 7870 eight-core 1.6 GHz, 2GB of RAM|
|Operating system||Android 7 Nougat|
|Connections||minijack, USB 2.0, 4G, WiFi a / b / g / n / ac, WiFi Direct, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Design||Aluminum and glass, black, blue and gold|
|Dimensions||146.3 x 71.3 x 7.8 mm|
|Featured Features||NFC, fingerprint reader|
|Release date||June 2017|
In the internal operation section, the Samsung Galaxy J5 has an Exynos 7870 chip with eight cores at 1.6 GHz and 2GB of RAM . It is a slight increase compared to the Galaxy J5 2016, but that power point is to be appreciated. The previous Galaxy J5 already had a nimble operation, so we can only wait a little longer for this new version.
The internal storage is 16 GB , the same as in the J5 2016, and it can also be expanded via microSD up to 256 GB. The previous model could only be expanded up to 128 GB, that's an advance.
As for the software, we will have Android 7 Nougat as a base. With this operating system, we will take advantage of functions such as grouped notifications or screen division. We can also download the latest version from the Samsung store, with the Galaxy Apps.
The camera is one of the elements where we are going to notice the generation jump, especially in the front camera. And the Galaxy A5 2017 offered parity in front and rear cameras , is also found in the Galaxy J5 2017. A breath of fresh air to the selfie camera, passing the 5 megapixel previous generations, 13.
As for the aperture, we have f / 1.7 in the rear camera, next to the flash. An aperture that will allow good results even in low light. With the precedent of the Galaxy S7 camera, we can expect something very good for this Galaxy J5 2017. On the other hand, the front camera will have an aperture f / 1.9, which is not bad for taking selfies. In addition, it also includes flash.
The video quality that the Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 will offer will be Full HD (1080 pixels) , the same as in the 2016 model. The recording will be done at 30 fps, while the playback at 60 fps.
Autonomy and connectivity
The battery capacity is the only element that is reversed in this Galaxy J5 2017 compared to previous generations. Of course, just a little. We went from the 3,100 mAh of the J5 2016 to the 3,000 of the J5 2017 . We assume that the optimization of the operating system will allow an autonomy equivalent to the previous model, since the decrease in capacity is very small. There is no fast charging system, yes.
In the part of connections, we will find LTE Cat.6, WiFi a / b / g / n / ac, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, and the star feature of this Galaxy J5 2017, which is the NFC . By having this type of connection, we can access Samsung Pay, the payment service in stores. A really useful feature for all users who want to use this system without wanting to spend a fortune on a phone.
Besides, the Galaxy J5 2017 keeps the fingerprint sensor on the front button . This element that was already released in the Galaxy J5 2016, has become an essential to guarantee the security of the terminal. In addition, it speeds up the blocking process, so that we do not have to be dialing codes or numbers.
Finally, we will find accelerometer, proximity sensor, light and Hall . Also gyroscope and compass. A basic pack to guarantee an interactive use of the terminal.
Availability and price
And with the Galaxy J5 2017, users won't break the bank. Of course, it will be the most expensive J5 to date: 280 euros . It is a price increase that may annoy some users, but it is true that there is a general increase in the quality of the terminal. The camera, the performance and the final finish represent a clear improvement over previous versions.
It will reach Spanish stores during the month of June . Then we can correctly interpret if this new Galaxy J5 is going to follow the steps of the previous ones and become a best seller. We will see how the consumer interprets the price increase.