Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix (Samsung S5K3M3, f/1.9, front flash, fix focus)
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
All good things... With the update of its attractive Galaxy J series, we have the third generation of the J5 in our test. Samsung has radically changed the design and otherwise performs meaningful fine tuning. Fans of removable batteries will be disappointed, since the battery is now also built into the J5. Update: OTA update with bug fixes released.
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 72% features: 50% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: Tabletowo PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Teleguru PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Excellent display; solid workmanship; metal case; long battery life; nice design; fast fingerprint sensor. Negative: Weak hardware; average performance; no notification led; no USB-C; no FM radio.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/24/2018
Model: A bar of soap or another elegantly designed phone: With the 3rd generation, the Galaxy J5 Samsung has somewhat improved on its design. Although it should be noted that the removable battery is no more. When compared to its previous generation the most noticeable difference is the chassis material. While Samsung melded aluminium and plastic in the past, they decided to go with an all aluminium design this time. This could add to its premium feel factor. In terms of specifications the Galaxy J5 sports a Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa core SoC, which might be disappointing to some people who had preferred the Snapdragon SoC from Qualcomm, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. The storage capacity can be expanded via the microSD slot. While the specs may not seem impressive, it performs sufficiently well for its given price point considering its price. The Galaxy J5 is competing with the likes of the Huawei P10 lite, the Lenovo Moto G5 Plus or even the Sony Xperia XA1 now. Going back to the chassis, with the new all aluminium design Samsung was able to make sure that the camera is flush with the case unlike a certain fruity manufacturer. Actually, the the camera is slightly recessed which could help protect it from scratching its lens. Because of its aluminium chassis the Galaxy J5 is also quite sturdy and rigid, which means it should be less susceptible to flex. Overall the chassis is cleanly built with minimal gaps. However, the card tray seems to be made out of plastic for no apparent reason as to why Samsung chose to do this. In terms of software the Galaxy J5 is preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat, which has a few customizations from Samsung such as the TouchWiz UI. As with most Samsung phones there are a few bloatware apps and even some Microsoft apps, which cannot be completely removed but only deactivated. Overall the UI remains smooth enough to function without being encumbered by unnecessary software. Even if in the modern age the phone function takes a back-seat due to chat apps like Whatsapp, Facebook or even Line the telephony function still remains relevant. However, the call quality seems to have taken a dip here with voices sounding a little dull on both ends with the occasional dropouts, suffice to say it still performs its function adequately.
The Galaxy J5 is equipped with a rear and front facing 13 MP camera, which has improved and has a relatively high light sensitivity. However, it is disappointing that it only has a fixed focus. It should be noted that recordings are only decent if the lighting conditions are good and the subject does not move too fast. Nonetheless, the camera functions satisfactorily for its price. The Galaxy J5’s screen is able to handle up to 5 simultaneous inputs and is relatively smooth to the finger while gliding. Most phones in this price bracket have an integrated fingerprint reader. The Galaxy J5's fingerprint reader appears to be reliably good with an all-round responsiveness when it comes to unlocking the device. Jumping over to the Galaxy J5’s display there is not really much to be said other than the Super AMOLED display is very vibrant and sharp. However, at that size and resolution some users might want more since FHD options are already being offered by its competitors in this price range. Last on the checklist is none other than the Galaxy J5's battery life. While the 3000 mAh battery might seem anemic since it is smaller than the previous generation's, the power consumption has been improved. As a result, the Galaxy J5 lasts up to 12 hours 18 minutes on Wi-Fi, which is very impressive since is better than its predecessor despite slightly smaller battery. It seems like Samsung was able to produce a well-made budget device.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
ARM Mali-T830 MP1: Integrated graphics card for smartphones and tablets with one clusters (MP1) supporting OpenGL ES 3.2.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
7870 Octa: Exynos 7 Soc with eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.6 GHz and manufactured in a 14-nm process. Includes the GPU ARM Mali T830-MP2 as well as a dual-channel memory controller (LPDDR3-1866).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
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In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.
In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.
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