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Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

Colours:
GoldBlack
Memory:
64GB
RAM:
3GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • 64 GB + 256 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Fantastic design and build
  • Amazing display
  • Good software experience and features
  • Great Multimedia experience
Cons
  • Average cameras
  • Not so great performance

Specifications

General
Launch DateJuly 24, 2017 (Official)
BrandSamsung
ModelGalaxy J7 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Charging
Design
Height152.5 mm
Width74.8 mm
Thickness8 mm
Weight181 grams
Build MaterialCase: Metal
ColoursBlack, Gold
Display
Screen Size5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
Screen ResolutionFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Pixel Density401 ppi
Display TypeSuper AMOLED
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)72.94 %
Performance
ChipsetSamsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870
ProcessorOcta core, 1.6 GHz, Cortex A53
GraphicsMali-T830 MP2
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 53.2 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution13 MP Front Camera
SensorCMOS image sensor
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF1.9
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flashyes
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity3600 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
TalkTimeUp to 24 Hours(3G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
SIM 1
SIM 2
SAR ValueHead: 0.355 W/kg
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFCyes
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Multimedia
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFront
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
ApplicationsSamsung Pay
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

Samsung was effected a lot since the Chinese invasion in India and the company has been trying to offer something new than it usually does and it did succeed to some extent with the J7 Pro. The display, build, and design is one of the best we have seen in this budget and all this coming from a Samsung add to the good will. That said, the camera and performance of the device are a letdown. Not that the device fails to perform well, but under extreme conditions, it fails to reach the expectations. Same goes for the camera as well, under good lighting conditions, it can click good pictures, but in low-light it simply falls short. So, if a great looking Samsung phone that comes with AMOLED display, good battery life are your requirements, then the J7 Pro is no brainer. If not, you have better alternatives like the Mi A1, Moto G5s Plus in the market that are looking very strong and even cost less compared to J7 Pro as well.

Introduction:

Samsung J series is one of the top sellers in India and the series certainly have come a long way in terms of design and internal hardware is concerned. Samsung slowly yet steadily adopting to the change that is happening in India since the Chinese brands started flooding the Indian market. Launched alongside the Galaxy J7 Max is the J7 Pro which is priced at Rs. 20,990 and comes with a SUPER AMOLED display and a refreshing new design which very much feels like a bang for your buck atleast on first look. In our todays review we shall dig a little deeper into the J7 Pro and find out if it is a complete package or shines in parts.

The device sports a 5.5-inches Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display and is powered by Exynos 7870Soc clocked at 1.6GHz Octa-Core processor. It packs in 3GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage with a microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 128GB. The Galaxy J7 Pro runs on Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box.

In the camera department, it features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture and in the front, we have a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash for better low-light selfies and video calls. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC. A 3600mAh battery for all the battery needs. There is a Fingerprint sensor for extra security.

Design & Display:

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is one of the great looking smartphone in the entire J-series lineup. The beautifully curved edges on the rear panel gives good comfort while holding in hands. Even the rear camera module is flushed into the back panel so that it doesn’t wobble when placed on a flat surface. Samsung is showing off the curved antenna bands that create a platform which gives the device a unique look. The Antenna band lines also offer a nice color contrast to the overall design of the smartphone. The 2.5D curved glass too adds for the overall ergonomics. It fits comfortable when holding the device in landscape mode while watching movies or playing games.

The 5.5-inches metal unibody design of the Galaxy J7 Pro looks premium and unlike many 5.5-inch smartphones in market, one-handed usage on the J7 Pro is very comfortable. Though the device comes with sizeable bezels on top and bottom, the side bezels are slim. Overall, the build quality of the J7 Pro looks and feels top notch.

The front houses a 13-megapixel selfie camera, LED flash, usual set of sensors, main ear piece, and Samsung branding. Down below the screen is the physical home button with fingerprint sensor embedded which is accompanied by the two capacitive keys for back and menu. These are back-lit and also offer haptic feedback when pressed. On the left you find the speaker grill and the power button while on the right you have the volume rockers, dual SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. Samsung is one such brand that still offers a dedicated microSD despite the market being flooded with Hybrid slots. The 3.5 mm audio jack, a microUSB port and the primary microphone are present on the bottom. Flipping the device is where you find the 13-megapixel primary camera, LED flash and Samsung branding. There is nothing on top.

Overall, Samsung just nailed the build quality, design and hardware of the J7 Pro and is certainly one of the best-looking smartphone in this price range. Display (4/5): The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro sports a 5.5-inches Full HD (1920 X 1080) SUPER AMOLED display with a pixel density of 401 PPI. The color reproduction being an AMOLED panel is obviously fantastic, the blacks are blacks and whites are whites with no hint of yellowish hue. Colors look vivid and there is also an option to change the display temperature according to your liking. The screen gets brighter outdoors, the sunlight legibility is amazing and the outdoor mode is yet another brilliant feature which brightens the display under direct sunlight or outdoors. Being a Samsung phone, it packs the Always ON feature which lets you have a peek at the notifications, missed call alerts and more without having to completely turn on the display.

For media junkies like us, watching videos or gaming will be an amazing experience on the J7 pro on a display that looks this beautiful. Overall, Samsung leaves no stones unturned in the display section and it is easily the best in this budget.

Performance:

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is powered by the Exynos 7870 SoC clocked at 1.6GHz Octa-Core processor with 3GB RAM. Though other departments of the device have seen significant upgrade, the company is still stuck with last year’s chipset which majorly affects the performance. The sluggishness in the U.I even while browsing the internet via Chrome tabs, or heavy multitasking is clearly visible and it gets annoying as you keep using the device. However, for day-to-day casual tasks, you won’t notice any major issues with performance. The device fails only when you put a little pressure or multitask heavily. As we said above, multitasking was smooth and was a breeze for light users, but once you start running heavy resource applications in the background, the lag and frame drop can be clearly seen. Apps open and close quickly and they are fluid in responding to taps, but fail to stay responsive when you run 6-7 apps in the background.

The Fingerprint sensor is embedded into the home button and it is very quick in recognizing fingers. It is an active sensor, so you don’t have to press the power button to unlock. Moving to gaming, we tried out basic games like Mario Super run, Mortal Kombat X, Riptide GP 2, Leo’s fortune and with the SUPER AMOLED panel all the graphics and colors rendered accurately with no major frame drops. The gameplay too was good leaving very less to complain. On the other hand, high-end games like Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Need for Speed Run were playable in medium graphic settings, but you will have to adjust to the occasional stutters and frame drops. There were no heating issues noticed. Overall, the performance of the Galaxy J7 Pro is a tad bit disappointing if you were to expect flagship level performance.

Cameras:

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro packs a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and a 13-megapixel on the front as well. Thanks to the f/1.7 aperture the color intake is vivid. The picture captured outdoors turn out great with good detailing and decent color reproduction. However, the images are full of dull moments as for color reproduction is concerned. Focusing is also an issue, it takes a lot of time in fixing the focus lock and even with Macro shots, the focus goes for a toss resulting in blurry images. The device seriously has a problem in focusing closer objects and you will have to have lot of patience to get the shot right. However, enabling HDR makes things a bit better and the results are a bit encouraging in good lighting conditions.

The camera app is simple with toggles to switch to front camera, Social camera, Video mode and few other options include the pro mode, HDR mode, live filters and more. The app has close resemblance to the Galaxy S8’s camera app, but is the performance which matters the most.

The real test for any smartphone camera is its low-light performance and sadly the J7 pro fails miserably even here as well. The pictures look muddy with blown out colors and dull details. Images are full of noise and grainy when clicked in artificial light, though there is front firing LED flash, it simply can’t make things better.

Moving along to the Social camera which Samsung was bragging out at the event is a sweet little inclusion. The social camera was developed in Bangalore at Samsung’s R&D. Once you link your WhatsApp and Facebook accounts to it, the app quickly lets you capture and share them to your favorite contacts. Overall, the camera of the J7 Pro is a huge let-down especially in the color reproduction and low-light performance.

Battery:

Battery life certainly is certainly the most important aspect of any phone as it can make or break the deal. Thankfully, the J7 Pro comes packed with a 3600mAh unit that can easily last an entire day. For casual to moderate users, the provided battery unit combined with great battery optimizations, can easily last more than a day and half. As for heavy users, it had no issues pulling through a single day. The power efficient chipset combined with Samsung’s battery optimizations are to be appreciated. It also comes with the power saving mode which saves some juice and plays its part pretty good.

The only let down here is the lack of any sort of fast charge support which in turn takes a full two hours’ time to charge completely. Overall, the battery department of the J7 Pro is one of its strongest regions and can easily give one full day’s usage on single charge.

Audio & Video:

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack and the loudspeaker grill is present on the right side. The speaker placement is something out of usual and is a cleaver placement by Samsung. Your hands won’t get in the way of the speaker even when holding the device in landscape mode or portrait mode. The output is loud and can easily get through an entire room. Also, the audio output via the earphones or headphones too is impressive, however the bundled earphones within the box are very basic. Hence, spend some more bucks and get a decent pair of earphones for enhanced audio experience. The default music player comes with so many options to play around and it also has equalizer support, so you can manually adjust the audio profiles.

In the video department, the Samsung J7 Pro can easily play 1080p Full HD videos via the default video player. The SUPER AMOLED panel makes colors look vibrant and warm. As we said above. Invest some more and get a pair of decent earphones for better experience. Overall, the audio and the video department too shines.

Software & Ui:

Samsung has made drastic changes to their U.I this year which debuted along with the Galaxy S8 and we’ve started seeing the new improved U.I even in mid-range phones. The new interface is very smooth and is also feature rich with many useful functionalities. For one, you have the Samsung Pay which enable for wireless and card less transactions. It works with both NFC and MST-enabled PoS devices and you can even link your Paytm wallet to add balance to your account. Using Samsung Pay in India was breeze and we had no issues.

The user interface is unlike what you might have seen on earlier Samsung phones, you can access the installed apps by swiping up from anywhere on the home screen. As it by default doesn’t come with app drawer icon, but you can still enable it from the settings menu. Nougat features like multi-window, 3D contextual options are present and they really are useful. You also get the theme’s engine pre-installed which lets you chose themes and change the look and feel of the U.I. Samsung’s theme’s app has come a long way and we now have so many themes available to tinker around. The one-handed mode shrinks the screen and lets you use the device on single hand. Apart from default Google apps and all the Microsoft apps, Samsung’s home-grown apps like health, secure folder, Galaxy apps come pre-installed.

The J7 Pro rocks a 3GB RAM out of which around 1.81GB is available to user. Thanks to available RAM, multitasking was smooth with no major noticeable lags, except for the slight hiccups while switching. For casual users, the lag shouldn’t be visible, however on heavy multitasking, the device tends to show hints of sluggishness in the U.I transitions and animations. Overall, we somehow very much liked the software and the user interface of the Galaxy J7 Pro and it kinda kept growing on us.

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