Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


REVIEW

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Issue Date 29 Oct - 04 Nov, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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High-end smartphones by Samsung have managed to amaze everyone with their performance. Sadly, the same cannot be said for mid-range handsets by the company, which have not been able to match the competition in their price bands. However, the arrival of the Galaxy J-series was a twist. This series by the South Korean smartphone makers have been received well in the South Asian market and have driven a massive proportion of the company’s shipments. The firm has introduced a number of smartphones within this series in the last quarter. The company has also launched other sets while capitalising on their popularity. However, Galaxy J7 Prime is one mid-range phone you need to know more about.

Hardware
Many users have whined about a dearth of variety with respect to designs in the company’s Galaxy range. The smartphone giant has now made a few changes in its premium designs, though its mid-range and budget models hugely bear the same old style. This set too is part of the same collection. The phone sports a minimalistic design and comprises of a primary camera along with an LED flash. It is worth noting that the back of the phone is not completely metal; you will find plastic panels at the back as well as at the top and bottom, even the metallic paint creates a faux metallic look. The phone’s fingerprint scanner is inserted in the home button and is easy to use. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920-pixel) display, which is vivid and bright with accuracy is even in sunlight. Colours are good and the phone is great for playing games and watching videos.

Software and specifications
The phone is packed with an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7870 processor regulated at 1.6GHz along with 3GB RAM. An in-built storage of 16GB is available, while up to 256GB of microSD card is also supported. It is a dual-SIM phone and supports two nano-SIMs providing 4G connectivity on both, but only one connect at a time. It has a non-removable 3300mAh battery. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and comes with the company’s own TouchWiz UI layered on top. The phone arrives preloaded with a couple of Microsoft applications like Skype, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Excel and OneDrive. The home screen also has a Google folder that has all the Google apps like Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search, Play Music to name a few. The highlights of the phone with respect to its software are the new features – S Power Planning and S Secure. There is an ultra-data saving mode and S bike mode, however, both the features have already been introduced in the previous models. The phone also offers a Secure Wi-Fi feature that encrypts the data which is being transferred using public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Camera
The phone’s camera sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with f/1.9 aperture and also an LED flash, along with an 8-megapixel front camera. Most shots taken from the camera have really good colours and are quite crisp. The camera locks focus quite rapidly which is quite an advantage. Its front camera is great, as selfies come out really clear and detailed.

Verdict
The phone features a good-looking metal body, has a large battery, supports 4G and also comes with a fingerprint sensor. The company is also heavily marketing specific features to attract customers; therefore, the smartphone is a solid competitor in terms of its price segment. It is easy to manage and a pleasure to use the newest phone in the Galaxy series.





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