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Samsung last year launched the Galaxy J5 2015 smartphone in India as a mid-range offering with appealing design. It was among the first smartphone’s front the company to boast an LED flash unit for the front-facing selfie cameras. The company in March this year unveiled the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 edition, as the successor to the last year’s J5. Similar to its predecessor, this year’s Galaxy J5 also sports front-facing LED flash to deliver quality selfies under low light conditions. In addition, the phone comes with upgraded features as compared to its predecessor.

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) price in India hasn’t been disclosed. The phone is currently being launched in the US and some European countries. However, if you are waiting for the new Galaxy J5 to land in India, let’s take a quick look on what the device has on the plate to offer.

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Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 edition isn’t much different from the last year’s J5. The phone sports slim bezels around the display, a plastic back, and a metal frame running around the edges. The metallic frame around the device gives it a more appealing design than the other devices in its segment and price range. The phone comes in a range of attractive colour choices – gold, silver and pink.

Display and OS

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is slightly bigger than the J5 2015 edition with a 5.2-inch display as compared to the 5-inch screen of the latter. The phone gets an HD resolution Super AMOLED screen panel, which delivers immersive media experience and rich colour production for images and videos. It offers a screen to body ratio of 70.55 percent and a pixel density of 282 pixels per inch. Software-wise, the phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with the brand’s new TouchWiz user interface on top. There’s no word if the phone will be upgraded to the newer versions of Android, including Marshmallow and Android N. Once upgraded to the latest Android version, the phone will offer a handful of new software features along with extended battery life thanks to the Doze power saving mode.


When it comes to the performance, the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 64-bit computing support, similar to its predecessor. However, the phone gets an upgrade in the RAM section as it packs in 2GB of RAM compared to 1.5GB available on the J5 2015. While the Galaxy J5 2015 was released in 8GB and 16GB internal memory variants, the Galaxy J5 2016 only comes in a single 16GB edition, and supports microSD cards up to 128GB in size for further storage expansion. So, when it comes to the performance and storage, the Galaxy J5 2016 is one of the best offerings with Samsung’s brand value in its segment.

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The Galaxy J5 2016 offers the same camera features found on its predecessor. The phone offers a 13-megapixel primary shooter on the back with an LED flash, full HD video recording, a CMOS sensor, Face to detection, Touch to focus, continuous shooting, and HDR. For selfies, there’s a decent 5-megapixel secondary snapper on the front, accompanied by an LED flash, which lets you capture quality self portraits even in low light conditions. The camera app of the device is also loaded with several software features to let you tweak your images.

Connectivity and battery

In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 offers 4G LTE, including support for Indian 4G networks, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS, and microUSB 2.0. The device doesn’t offering NFC for quick mobile payments, but that’s not much of a drawback. As far as the battery is concerned, the phone is powered by a beefy 3,100mAh battery, which should easily last for a day on regular usage. The device also gets a power saving mode that extends the battery life.


The Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 brings quite a few improvements over the last year’s J5. The phone offers a bigger display for better media viewing experience, a more appealing and durable design, higher performance, a bigger battery and latest software experience, compared to the J5 2015. The phone is expected to be launched in India in the coming weeks at the price tag of around Rs 11,000. So, do you like the new Galaxy J5? Or still sticking to its predecessor? Share your views in the comments below.

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