Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 review – excellent battery life

Here is the review of Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 that houses the Exynos octa core processor and packed with 2GB RAM. This handset is running Marshmallow out of the box and the 3300 mAh battery does an amazing job. Read the review to know more.

J7 2016 unboxing

Box pack content : handset, 3300 mAh battery (removable), data cable, user manual, warranty card, standard quality earphone and travel charger (5V/1.55A). SAR Value : 0.341 W/Kg head.

Design, Display and OS

The J7 2016 is using a metal frame with diamond type finishing, rear panel however is made of plastic but with metallic finishing. This handset is available in 3 different color options.  Weight with battery is 166 grams and dimensions are 76.34 x 151.55 x 7.65 (mm).

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 review and unboxing

Power button is on the right, volume on the left and at the bottom you will find the primary mic, micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack. This is a dual SIM handset using 2x micro SIM slot with 4G LTE support and there is a separate micro SD card slot (128GB Max).

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 dual micro SIM slots

There is no LED notification. J7 2016 sensors – accelerometer and proximity. Light sensor is missing – you will need to manually adjust the brightness.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 comes with 5.5 inch super AMOLED screen supporting 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It is not mentioned if the screen comes with some protection but it does provide minor scratch protection. Color reproduction, viewing angle and touch response are very good.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 5.5 inch super AMOLED FHD screen

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow runs out of the box with TouchWiz UI.

Memory and Storage

There is 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. On the first boot you will get 10GB free internal space and about 800 MB to 1000 MB free RAM. App installs on internal storage, there is no option to move to SD card. OTG is supported.

Performance

J7 2016 is powered by Samsung Exynos 7870 64 bit octa core processor clocked at 1.6GHz coupled with Mali T830 GPU. Overall performance is smooth, lag free and battery temperature is well under control. Max battery temp I encountered was 35 degrees.

Benchmark

  • Quadrant – 23125
  • Antutu – 48974 | 3D score – 9539
  • Nenamark 2 – 59.7fps
  • Internal storage Speed – Read (118MB/s), Write (26MB/s)
  • Multi Touch – 10 Point

Gaming

I played Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8. Both games worked really well in high graphics mode. Check video review for more.

J7 2016 Camera

The rear camera is a 13MP shooter with a f/1.9 aperture with LED flash support. Front camera is a 5MP shooter also with f/1.9 aperture and front LED flash. Focusing I found was a bit slow, but the camera quality is above average. Do check the sample images and videos at the end of this review.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 13MP camera

The handset can shoot full HD videos at 30fps.

Others

Apart from 4G LTE, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth the J7 2016 also comes with built in NFC. You can use the S-Bike mode. Sound is loud and clear, no issues with in-call speaker. I did not face any network issues.

J7 2016 Battery

The 3300 mAh removable battery does an impressive job, also thanks to manual brightness option and Super AMOELD screen – on a full charge you can expect 8 to 16 hours of non-stop moderate to heavy usage.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 3300 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 Battery Performance (time / battery % drop / battery temperature).

  • Running Benchmark app – 10 minutes / 1% / 34 degrees
  • Played MC5 + Asphalt 8 – 18 minutes / 4% / 35 degrees
  • FHD video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – 30 minutes / 4% / 33 degrees

It took me 1 hour 56 minutes to charge the handset using wall charger from 18% to 100%. Estimated time from 0% to 100% is under 2 hours 15 minutes.

Verdict

If you are looking for a handset from a well known brand with good performance, above average camera quality and excellent battery life then the Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is a very good option.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is available for Rs. 15,990.

Image Gallery

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 video review

J7 2016 Rear Camera Sample

Front Camera Sample

Galaxy J7 2016 video sample FHD @ 29fps

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