The Samsung J7 plus has a 13MP f/1.7 + 5MP f/1.9 dual rear cameras and a 16MP f/1.9 front camera along with dedicated LED flash. Both the cameras produce good results in varied light conditions. The rear cameras have feature like Live Focus which allows you to blur the background as much as you desire. You can even add the bokeh effect after you take shots. There are other features like Pro, Panorama, HDR, Night, and Food modes. You can even download more modes you can download Sports shot, beauty mode and Animated GIF from Galaxy App. There are 16 filters to choose from and can download even more from the Galaxy App. The front camera gives you two modes to choose from Wide Selfie and Night Mode. The front camera too offers bokeh effect and there are wide range of stickers and stamps to add enhancements to your selfie shots. The camera gives you amazing crisp and clear shots, especially in well-lit environment. The color saturation is good with enough details. In Auto mode though sometimes the exposure is overblown. The autofocus has a lag time but it does its job well. In low light the noise creeps in around the boundary. There is lack of settings if the Pro mode which could put off some people. Particularly when shooting using Live Focus feature there is delay in post processing. The wide aperture in front camera lets you take better selfies in low light situations. The photos are well focused and well captured with good color detail and saturation. Both the cameras can shoot videos up to 30 frames per second. The cameras do not have image stabilization features like OIS or EIS. This produces shaky shots while shooting videos or pictures. The video quality is decent with nothing extravagant to add. The camera gives you impressive results mostly and at this price it is okay.
There are quite a few things working in favor of Samsung Galaxy J7 Plus. The octa-core MediaTek processor is a smooth performing processor and is able enough to do basic tasks as well as handle graphics intensive applications. The camera is good performing too. But other than the phone does not have too many attractions to hinge upon. If you are using a lower J version of Samsung handsets you can upgrade to this phone for an improved performance and result.
The J7 plus is powered by a 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery which to my opinion is not much when you have budget phones offering way more. The battery will last you through the day with basic operations and you will be left with none by end of the day.
It has a video playback time of 14 hours and music playback of 78 hours and web browsing over LTE for 11 hours. The phone will give you 16 hours talk time and 400 hours standby time. The huge battery power ensures gaming, and video streaming unceasingly.
Samsung is rather late to join the dual rear camera circus and surprisingly it is offered in Samsung’s mid-range handset, the J-squad. J7 plus was launched last year in Malaysia first and is yet to arrive in India. The phone will be priced roughly around Rs 22,000 which means it demands a pricey tag and definitely raises the bar. With such a price the expectations are high given the fact we have really competitive smartphone brands today in the market which could do a plethora of things in this price range. Pre-orders for this handset has already begun and Samsung has not yet unleashed a launching date. At this price the only icing on this rather expensive smartphone seems to be its 13-megapixel rear camera, something Samsung is very generous with for the first time in this price tag. Galaxy Note 8 was Samsung’s first handset with dual camera feature. There are also a bit of hardware specs working in its favor but let’s dig into the details and see what difference, if any, can J7+ make in the smartphone market.
Software & Ui:
The Samsung J7 plus runs on Android Nougat. The present UI comes with Samsung applications like Samsung Health, Samsung Notes, Voice Recorder, Email, Internet and My Files. There are some pre-installed Google apps, Facebook and Opera Max and Microsoft apps too. And last but not the least, Samsung’s very own virtual assistant Bixby which has so far earned the tag of being ineffectual and iffy. As you toggle the homescreen towards left Bixby appears at your service. Bixby is too young to compete with the likes of Alexa or Siri. It packs some incredible features but still needs reformation to work seamlessly and effectively, just like its contemporaries did. Bixby can be synced with your Google calendar and shows your daily schedule, tomorrow’s weather, most visited webpages, current news and more. You can set notifications for reminding you though you certainly do not need a virtual assistant for that. Overall, the user interface is snappy and seamless.
Design & Display:
Samsung handsets have a certain aesthetic value that they stick to and J7+ is no exception. It is available in black, gold and pink colors with a unibody metal design. The 5.5-inch phone has a sleek solid aluminum body with curved edges and slim-side bezels. The design is premium and is worth the money. The back of the phone has its dual 13MP and 5MP cameras and the flash sitting from top to bottom with the embossed Samsung logo below. The microUSB port and 3.5mm audio jack is at the bottom edge. The volume rocker and SIM-card tray sits on the left edge and the power and speaker grille in the right. The handset has a hybrid dual sim slot which is accessible through a pin provided in the package. Down below we have the non-lit capacitive navigation buttons, and the hardware home button that also acts as the fingerprint scanner. The J7 plus has an overall attractive design and much in line with what one might expect with a Samsung handset. The sturdy and hefty phone is operable with one hand and the feel is classy.
Moving onto its hardware, the J7 plus runs on MediaTek HelioP20 processor. HelioP20 is quite meaty in terms of its performance and is at par with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The processor in J7+ has an octa-core chip with a clock speed of 2.39 GHz. Not bad and pretty strong in terms of high demands. The processor is coupled by 4GB RAM which will give enough fuel to this phone to run on high entertainment, graphics and games. J7+ has an internal storage of 32 GB which is expandable up to 256GB and I will not worry about its performance even if you go all the way in stuffing up the memory because it has a 4GB RAM which is powerful.
The 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution at 401 pixels per inch delivers enough pop to the screen. The color saturation and sharpness is impressive. AMOLED displays are the best in the market and J7+ screen arrests your attention. There are different display options from the Settings menu to play around and get what suits you best. You can choose from AMOLED cinema, AMOLED photo to Adaptive display and basic. The phone has excellent viewing angles and bright enough in dark and not reflective in direct sunlight, which sadly is a problem with mid-range even high-end phones. The screen is readable in all angles with good contrast to suit your eye. The TFT capacitive touchscreen has no lagging and you can navigate with a brisk.