The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is more premium than before and sets new standards in the mid-range smartphone league
|Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)|
So, what is new and what is different in the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) edition?
- Improved Selfie camera
- Fingerprint sensor
- Premium Full-metal construction
- Light sensitivity sensor
- Faster octa-core processing
- Latest Android OS
|J5 2017 stands good in the hand thanks to its proper dimensions|
|The original Samsung case fits just perfect|
|The display is big enough for most daily tasks|
|Charging the 2017 Ssamsung J5 takes about hour and a half (fully charged)|
Fingerprint sensorThe latest generation Galaxy J5 has a new feature for 2017 - fingerprint scanner for improved security and quick access to your phone.
Full metalThe previous generation J5 which I happily used looked well but the 2017 edition is entirely made of metal. It looks premium, thin but feels solid in the hand. I bought the black version of the J5 which looks very stylish, Unfortunately, all that changed when I applied the original Samsung case that I bought ($20) and the glass screen protector - they made the phone a bit dull and it lost some of its premium feel.
Octa-core processorSamsung Galaxy J5 (2017) has a much faster 1.6GHz processor, the same that you will find in the latest generation J7. Just to remind you, J5 (2016) had an average performing 1.2GHz quad-core processor which was OK and never had any issues with it (I never used my phone for gaming or anything else that requires advanced graphics and processing).
13MP Selfie cameraNow the J5 (2017) has improved front-facing camera, a 13 MP one. It lacks auto-focus but produces some great selfies when used in good light conditions outdoors. The main rear camera is also 13 MP but it is just slightly improved since last year with better f1.7 aperture (f1.9 for the front camera).
|Sample photo taken with the main J5 rear camera|
The screen size and resolution, storage space and RAM remain the same as the 2016 model. Battery capacity dropped for the new model from 3100 mAh vs 3000 mAh for the new model.
I have only used the new J5 for couple and I can confirm that this is the new leader in the mid-range smartphone segment. Galaxy J7 (2017) is premium looking, very fast and responsive phone with great super AMOLED display and compact sizes. And while the new J7 2017 has even more improvements the J5 is still very well priced around $50 less than its bigger version.
Price - I purchased my J5 2017 for $250 which is a great price for what this phone has to offer. Unfortunately I never got the discount that my carrier promised. The 2016 model was a bit cheaper than that but it is well worth the upgrade.