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Samsung Galaxy J5 Series

Samsung Galaxy J5 2017Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-T830 MP1, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, Qualcomm Adreno 306
Display: 5.2 inch
Weight: 0.158kg, 0.159kg, 0.16kg
Price: 279 euro
Average Score: 78.8% - good
Average of 67 scores (from 108 reviews)
price: 72%, performance: 68%, features: 61%, display: 78%
mobility: 82%, workmanship: 78%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 96%

 

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016

The Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 is an Android-based smartphone. The design of the smartphone looks quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 except for the presence of the front-facing flash. The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow system features a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 quad core processor, an Adreno 306 graphic card, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The storage capacity can be expanded by 128 GB via the microSD slot. The smartphone's capacitive 5.2-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen is capable of displaying 1280 x 720 pixels. It features good colors, details and brightness. Other features of the smartphone include Dual SIM card support, a proximity sensor, an accelerometer and an ambient light sensor. The 13 MP rear camera features autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection and is able to record videos in 1080p resolution at 30 fps. The 5 MP front camera features a LED flash. The image quality of both cameras depends heavily on the lighting conditions. Too much lighting will make the images overexposed and too little lighting will make the images lose details. There are three different colors to choose from; Rose Gold, Gold, Black and White. It weighs 159 g and its battery life can last up to 13.5 hours.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016Notebook: Samsung Galaxy J5 2016
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 306
Display: 5.2 inch, 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixels
Weight: 0.159kg
Price: 279 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section

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Average Score: 79.53% - good

Average of 38 scores (from 58 reviews)

 

82.4% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Metalhead. Plastic before, metal now: The new edition of the Galaxy J5 aims to make a higher-quality impression. However, the inner values have remained mostly the same. Is that enough for a successful update?
Update: new firmware with security and bug fixes released.
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The Moto G series has been the gold standard in budget smartphones, but the Samsung Galaxy J5 is a great alternative thanks to its superlative screen and long lasting battery. It's an excellent choice for anyone who's looking for quality on a budget. Having said all that, it’s worth waiting for the new 2016 Moto G4 (the fourth generation Moto G) which is due any day now. Unless you need a cheap phone right away, it’s worth waiting to see if the now Lenovo-owned Motorola can continue its success streak.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The Moto G series has been the gold standard in budget smartphones, but the Samsung Galaxy J5 is a great alternative thanks to its superlative screen and long lasting battery. It's an excellent choice for anyone who's looking for quality on a budget. Having said all that, it’s worth waiting for the new 2016 Moto G4 (the fourth generation Moto G) which is due any day now. Unless you need a cheap phone right away, it’s worth waiting to see if the now Lenovo-owned Motorola can continue its success streak.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Samsung Galaxy J5 review: A good alternative to the Moto G4
Source: Expert Reviews English
Despite this, it’s clear that the Motorola Moto G4 is the phone to beat in the budget smartphone space right now. But that’s not to say there are no reasons to choose the Samsung Galaxy J5. It remains a good option if you value screen quality and battery life above all else. You might prefer it if you're switching across from another Samsung handset and don't fancy changing to a different manufacturer. And you might prefer a smaller handset; the Samsung Galaxy J5 is more compact, more easily usable in one hand and easier to slip into a pocket. Despite the emergence of the Moto G4, then, it hangs on to its Recommended award.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
100% Samsung Galaxy J5 review: A good alternative to the Moto G4
Source: Expert Reviews English
Despite this, it’s clear that the Motorola Moto G4 is the phone to beat in the budget smartphone space right now. But that’s not to say there are no reasons to choose the Samsung Galaxy J5. It remains a good option if you value screen quality and battery life above all else. You might prefer it if you're switching across from another Samsung handset and don't fancy changing to a different manufacturer. And you might prefer a smaller handset; the Samsung Galaxy J5 is more compact, more easily usable in one hand and easier to slip into a pocket. Despite the emergence of the Moto G4, then, it hangs on to its Recommended award.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
A decent choice for everyday usage
Source: Tech Nave English
We are living in a world where sub-RM1000 smartphones are coming out with features taken from flagships that were around scantly a couple of years ago. This scenario has created phones such as the Honor 5X, Vivo X3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Alcatel Flash Plus 2 and so on. Samsung has a tough road ahead to go against the pack with the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), but we think they can do it - while breaking some sweat, especially for Samsung fans looking for an affordable metal frame Samsung phone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/11/2016
A decent choice for everyday usage
Source: Tech Nave English
We are living in a world where sub-RM1000 smartphones are coming out with features taken from flagships that were around scantly a couple of years ago. This scenario has created phones such as the Honor 5X, Vivo X3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Alcatel Flash Plus 2 and so on. Samsung has a tough road ahead to go against the pack with the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), but we think they can do it - while breaking some sweat, especially for Samsung fans looking for an affordable metal frame Samsung phone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/11/2016
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Review
Source: Yugatech English
As we wrap up the review, we can say that the Galaxy J5 (2016) is a well-built phone with decent specs. Although, a usual concern for most thrifty consumers is the pricing of the device. For something this underpowered yet encased in an above average body and topped with a vibrant display, the brand is asking for Php11,990. The official pricing may have put a frown on some but rest assured, it’s a pretty good handset with nifty features crafted for everyday use.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/23/2016
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Review
Source: Yugatech English
As we wrap up the review, we can say that the Galaxy J5 (2016) is a well-built phone with decent specs. Although, a usual concern for most thrifty consumers is the pricing of the device. For something this underpowered yet encased in an above average body and topped with a vibrant display, the brand is asking for Php11,990. The official pricing may have put a frown on some but rest assured, it’s a pretty good handset with nifty features crafted for everyday use.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/23/2016
73% The gateway to the Galaxy
Source: KL Gadget Guy English
Make no mistake, with an asking price of RM799 for the J5 and RM999 for the J7, you're pretty much paying a premium for the Samsung brand instead of actual performance. If you're one of those people that wouldn't be caught dead with a phone that isn't from a well recognized international brand, the J5 and J7 can be considered. However, if the Samsung name doesn't mean all that much to you, then you should probably opt for one of the many entry/mid-level smartphones that come from brands located in mainland China.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 08/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80% performance: 75% features: 75% mobility: 75% workmanship: 80%
73% The gateway to the Galaxy
Source: KL Gadget Guy English
Make no mistake, with an asking price of RM799 for the J5 and RM999 for the J7, you're pretty much paying a premium for the Samsung brand instead of actual performance. If you're one of those people that wouldn't be caught dead with a phone that isn't from a well recognized international brand, the J5 and J7 can be considered. However, if the Samsung name doesn't mean all that much to you, then you should probably opt for one of the many entry/mid-level smartphones that come from brands located in mainland China.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 08/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 80% performance: 75% features: 75% mobility: 75% workmanship: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Worthy successor to an affordable and popular smartphone
Source: Laptop Media English
The Samsung Galaxy J lineup proved yet again that affordability and reliability can coexist successfully. After Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 performed very well in our reviews, Galaxy J5 (2016) did not let us down, either. On the contrary, it has great features for the asking price. This is a model with nice design, thin profile and metal frame. It offers a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED HD display which is a very good choice both in terms of size and of image quality.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/04/2016
Worthy successor to an affordable and popular smartphone
Source: Laptop Media English
The Samsung Galaxy J lineup proved yet again that affordability and reliability can coexist successfully. After Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 performed very well in our reviews, Galaxy J5 (2016) did not let us down, either. On the contrary, it has great features for the asking price. This is a model with nice design, thin profile and metal frame. It offers a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED HD display which is a very good choice both in terms of size and of image quality.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/04/2016
60% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Review
Source: Phone Arena English
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is a smartphone of reasonably good quality. It looks elegant and its screen is fairly pleasant. Its software experience is well-accomplished and its camera can land surprisingly good shots. While the Galaxy J5 (2016) does cover the essentials, it does so with the absolute minimum amount of design flair and hardware power required. Priced at around $255 in Asia and €280 in Europe, it becomes easy prey for comparably priced alternatives that present better value for money.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Review
Source: Phone Arena English
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is a smartphone of reasonably good quality. It looks elegant and its screen is fairly pleasant. Its software experience is well-accomplished and its camera can land surprisingly good shots. While the Galaxy J5 (2016) does cover the essentials, it does so with the absolute minimum amount of design flair and hardware power required. Priced at around $255 in Asia and €280 in Europe, it becomes easy prey for comparably priced alternatives that present better value for money.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% x 03-06-2016
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% x 03-06-2016
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
59% Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is not the smartphone you should buy. It is quite underpowered compared to other offerings in the market, doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, and its pros don't outweigh the cons. The compromise isn't worth Samsung's brand value.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 59%
59% Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is not the smartphone you should buy. It is quite underpowered compared to other offerings in the market, doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, and its pros don't outweigh the cons. The compromise isn't worth Samsung's brand value.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 59%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Review
Source: GSM Arena English
As far as the design is concerned the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) lays a solid foundation for the company's upcoming mid-range smartphones. There'll be few people to complain as the phone looks better than its price tag suggests and is rocking top-notch build quality. However, in terms of hardware the Galaxy J5 (2016) feels like a pretty minor update. The bigger screen and battery are always a good way to lure customers in, but the chipset is feeling decidedly dated at this point. And the camera certainly can't live up to the promises that its specs make.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/25/2016
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Review
Source: GSM Arena English
As far as the design is concerned the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) lays a solid foundation for the company's upcoming mid-range smartphones. There'll be few people to complain as the phone looks better than its price tag suggests and is rocking top-notch build quality. However, in terms of hardware the Galaxy J5 (2016) feels like a pretty minor update. The bigger screen and battery are always a good way to lure customers in, but the chipset is feeling decidedly dated at this point. And the camera certainly can't live up to the promises that its specs make.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/25/2016
90% Samsung Galaxy J5 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
At this price, the Galaxy J5 is a very strong rival for the Moto G and other cut-price handsets. It's a solid all-rounder, offering dependable performance and excellent battery life as well as some brilliant camera tech. We prefer the vanilla Android Marshmallow experience of the Moto G, but Sammy fans will love what the Galaxy J5 has to offer.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Samsung Galaxy J5 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
At this price, the Galaxy J5 is a very strong rival for the Moto G and other cut-price handsets. It's a solid all-rounder, offering dependable performance and excellent battery life as well as some brilliant camera tech. We prefer the vanilla Android Marshmallow experience of the Moto G, but Sammy fans will love what the Galaxy J5 has to offer.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
100% A cracking budget handset
Source: PC Pro English
It’s a shame to end on the slight downer of the camera because it’s the only area where the Samsung Galaxy J5 puts a foot wrong as far as I’m concerned. Usually, when I’ve reviewed a budget handset, I’m extremely eager to get back to my own phone, but in this instance, I’ll actually be a little sad to see the back of the J5. It’s smooth, stylish, and performs nicely with a bright screen and an incredible battery life. On one such day when I barely used the phone, it lost just 3% of its life from sitting in standby.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
100% A cracking budget handset
Source: PC Pro English
It’s a shame to end on the slight downer of the camera because it’s the only area where the Samsung Galaxy J5 puts a foot wrong as far as I’m concerned. Usually, when I’ve reviewed a budget handset, I’m extremely eager to get back to my own phone, but in this instance, I’ll actually be a little sad to see the back of the J5. It’s smooth, stylish, and performs nicely with a bright screen and an incredible battery life. On one such day when I barely used the phone, it lost just 3% of its life from sitting in standby.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%

Foreign Reviews

86% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Source: Computerbild - 2/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 86%
86% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Source: Computerbild - 2/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 86%
78% Everybody's darling
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 60% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
78% Everybody's darling
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 60% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
71% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 60% features: 60% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
71% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016), análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 60% features: 60% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Ventajas y Desventajas a Fondo
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: High autonomy; super AMOLED display; decent cameras; good connectivity. Negative: Plastic case; no fingerprint sensor; unsupport wireless charging; mediocre hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/22/2016
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Ventajas y Desventajas a Fondo
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: High autonomy; super AMOLED display; decent cameras; good connectivity. Negative: Plastic case; no fingerprint sensor; unsupport wireless charging; mediocre hardware.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/22/2016
Características Del Nuevo Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Source: Descargar.mobi Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Quality cameras; good price. Negative: Weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/15/2016
Características Del Nuevo Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Source: Descargar.mobi Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Quality cameras; good price. Negative: Weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/15/2016
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 review: niet echt anders
Source: All About Phones Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 review: niet echt anders
Source: All About Phones Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Test Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Positive: Excellent AMOLED display. Negative: Low performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/14/2016
Test Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Positive: Excellent AMOLED display. Negative: Low performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/14/2016
75% Krótki test smartfonu Samsung Galaxy J5
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 75% features: 73%
75% Krótki test smartfonu Samsung Galaxy J5
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 75% features: 73%
67% Recenzja Samsung Galaxy J5: Przeciętniak w (prawie) każdym calu
Source: Teleguru Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 67% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 60% workmanship: 50%
67% Recenzja Samsung Galaxy J5: Przeciętniak w (prawie) każdym calu
Source: Teleguru Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/06/2016
Rating: Total score: 67% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 60% workmanship: 50%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) – godny następca czy odcinacz kuponów?
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Good price; long battery life; energy saving; decent cameras. Negative: Plastic case; relatively heavy; mediocre hardware.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/17/2016
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) – godny następca czy odcinacz kuponów?
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Good price; long battery life; energy saving; decent cameras. Negative: Plastic case; relatively heavy; mediocre hardware.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/17/2016
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 – 2016
Source: Tekno Seyir TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 – 2016
Source: Tekno Seyir TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Đánh giá Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016): đủ dùng phổ thông, pin tốt, chơi game đuối
Source: VNReview VN→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; long battery life; good front camera; impressive display; decent price. Negative: Mediocre performance; nonsupport HDR mode.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/22/2016
Đánh giá Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016): đủ dùng phổ thông, pin tốt, chơi game đuối
Source: VNReview VN→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; long battery life; good front camera; impressive display; decent price. Negative: Mediocre performance; nonsupport HDR mode.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/22/2016
Review Samsung Galaxy J5: Low-End Samsung Jagokan Layar AMOLED
Source: Jagat Review ID→EN
Positive: Nice design; super AMOLED display; great cameras; full features; long battery life. Negative: Incomplete sensor; less powerful processor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2016
Review Samsung Galaxy J5: Low-End Samsung Jagokan Layar AMOLED
Source: Jagat Review ID→EN
Positive: Nice design; super AMOLED display; great cameras; full features; long battery life. Negative: Incomplete sensor; less powerful processor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2016
92% Samsung Galaxy J5 2016: Samsung pre menej náročných | RECENZIA
Source: Moj Android SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 81% display: 82% mobility: 92% workmanship: 80%
92% Samsung Galaxy J5 2016: Samsung pre menej náročných | RECENZIA
Source: Moj Android SK→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 81% display: 82% mobility: 92% workmanship: 80%

 

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos

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

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) DuosNotebook: Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos
Processor: Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-T830 MP1
Display: 5.2 inch, 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixels
Weight: 0.158kg
Price: 279 euro
Links:  Samsung notebook section

Pricecompare

Average Score: 78.5% - good

Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)

 

83.2% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
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.

Foreign Reviews

72% Das 200-Euro-Premium-Smartphone
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 72% features: 50% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
72% Das 200-Euro-Premium-Smartphone
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 72% features: 50% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
85% Recenzja Samsunga Galaxy J5 2017 Duos – dla mnie pozytywne zaskoczenie
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
85% Recenzja Samsunga Galaxy J5 2017 Duos – dla mnie pozytywne zaskoczenie
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos: Budżetowa galaktyka
Source: Teleguru Turkish PL→EN
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
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos: Budżetowa galaktyka
Source: Teleguru Turkish PL→EN
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

 

Samsung Galaxy J5 2017

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy J5 2017Notebook: Samsung Galaxy J5 2017
Processor: Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
Graphics Adapter: ARM Mali-T830 MP2
Display: 5.2 inch, 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixels
Weight: 0.16kg
Links:  Samsung notebook section

Pricecompare

Average Score: 77.3% - good

Average of 23 scores (from 44 reviews)

 

80% Samsung Galaxy J5 Review: A Great, Cheap Android Phone
Source: Know Your Mobile English
Really quite an impressive low-cost smartphone with a lot of bang for your buck. Arguably one of the best budget handsets on the market thanks to Samsung's mastery of Super AMOLED display technology and some sterling battery performance, both of which put it ahead of rivals such as the Moto G, while in other areas it's quite comparable with that very capable handset. The trade-off, however, is that the Moto G does get stock Android and timely updates, while Samsung's Galaxy J5 has TouchWiz on-top and requires a bit of extra fettling between software versions.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/10/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 Review: A Great, Cheap Android Phone
Source: Know Your Mobile English
Best in class of the budget Android category; you will struggle to find battery and display performance this good anywhere else at this price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The Moto G series has been the gold standard in budget smartphones, but the Samsung Galaxy J5 is a great alternative thanks to its superlative screen and long lasting battery. It's an excellent choice for anyone who's looking for quality on a budget. Having said all that, it’s worth waiting for the new 2016 Moto G4 (the fourth generation Moto G) which is due any day now. Unless you need a cheap phone right away, it’s worth waiting to see if the now Lenovo-owned Motorola can continue its success streak.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% SAMSUNG Galaxy J5 Review
Source: Toptenreviews English
With better performance and a longer battery life, Samsung’s updated Galaxy J5 is a low-cost marvel android 7.0 smartphone.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) quick review – make way for the new mid-range hero
Source: Laptop Media English
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) brings many improvements compared to its successful predecessor and this makes it more than accomplished model. First of all, the device comes with an entirely metal design which is not always seen in this price range. There is a fingerprint sensor built in the hardware Home button. It is quite surprising that we don’t find a USB Type-C port but this is a drawback which can be ignored.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/22/2017
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 review
Source: It Pro English
The Moto G series has been the gold standard in budget smartphones, but the Samsung Galaxy J5 is a great alternative thanks to its superlative screen and long lasting battery. It's an excellent choice for anyone who's looking for quality on a budget. Having said all that, it’s worth waiting for the new 2016 Moto G4 (the fourth generation Moto G) which is due any day now. Unless you need a cheap phone right away, it’s worth waiting to see if the now Lenovo-owned Motorola can continue its success streak.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) review
Source: GSM Arena English
Samsung's alphabet soup is making less and less sense. Here we have the Galaxy J5 (2017) that's got a premium metal build, a frugal 14nm chipset, an excellent Super AMOLED display, and Samsung's latest software. How is that lower midrange?
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/04/2017
66% Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro (2017) – Review
Source: Phone World English
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro has 4G supported device with some mid-range features. The device is especially for Samsung lovers because other device lovers will have some issue with its price which is a little bit expensive compared to other smartphones.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 66% price: 70% performance: 60% display: 70% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70%
65% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Review
Source: Phone Arena English
It has one of the best interfaces around: sleek and modern-looking, it has Samsung’s excellent apps, and it has a very solid battery life. But its camera and, most importantly, performance are underwhelming. The phone often feels stuttery and the camera lacks in detail and speed. And we know the terrible state of Android updates for phones like the J5 (2017). In such a fiercely competitive market, the J5 (2017) does too little to stand out.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 65%

Foreign Reviews

70% Die Einstiegsklasse wird teurer, aber schöner
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
91% Samsung Galaxy J5
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 92%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 74% display: 82% mobility: 82%
76% Galaxy S in der Einsteigerklasse
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 76%
Ist das abgespeckte Galaxy zu leichtgewichtig?
Source: Blick German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/14/2017
Samsung Galaxy J5 2017, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/10/2017
Rating: price: 80% features: 60% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Samsung Galaxy J5, ahora, en metal
Source: Zona Movilidad Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good price; metal case; nice design; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/08/2018
Samsung Galaxy J5 2017, diseño metálico para un superventas
Source: Media Trends Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Impressive design; excellent cameras. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/10/2017
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Ventajas y Desventajas, Pros y Contras
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Excellent display. Negative: Weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/10/2017
80% Review – Samsung Galaxy J5 E Galaxy J7
Source: PC Guia Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Análise Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) surpreendente em (quase) todos os aspectos
Source: Android Geek Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Nice design; metal case; long battery life; fast fingerprint sensor; good selfie camera. Negative: Poor display; Mediocre speakers; no notification LED; no USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/09/2017
Samsung Galaxy J7 e Galaxy J5 (2017), será que valem a pena?
Source: Pplware Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Great built quality; nice display; decent cameras; good hardware. Negative: Short battery life; relatively high price.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 08/10/2017
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) & Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) – Review/Análise
Source: 4G News Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; stylish design; excellent cameras; good connectivity.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/09/2017
70% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Recensione: La Fascia Bassa Cambia Volto (E Prezzo)
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Smartphone Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) - Recensione Caratteristiche Prezzo
Source: Smartphone e tablet android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/01/2017
Rating: performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
75% Recensione SAMSUNG J5 2017
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 70% display: 75% mobility: 85% workmanship: 80%
77% Recensione Samsung Galaxy J5 2017
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 77% price: 60% features: 75% display: 85% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 85%
75% Recensione Samsung Galaxy J5 2017: bello ma troppo caro
Source: Tutto Android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 69% features: 68% display: 78% mobility: 82% ergonomy: 85%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 review: drie keer is scheepsrecht
Source: All About Phones Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
Source: Consumentenbond Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Excellent display; long battery life; good price. Negative: Low performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/29/2017
70% Test Du Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) : Une Jolie Mise À Niveau
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
86% Test du Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) : la famille J monte en gamme
Source: Les Mobiles French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 86%
82% Test du Samsung Galaxy J5 : une autonomie record à moins de 280 euros
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 60% mobility: 100%
80% Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Test du Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 : encore plus beau, encore plus performant
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN
Positive: Premium design; good built quality; excellent display; decent cameras; long battery life. Negative: Poor display; average performance; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/19/2017
Recenzja Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 – zadziwiająco dobry smartfon
Source: Antyweb Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; support both dual sim and microSD slot; good selfie camera; decent hardware; fast fingerprint sensor. Negative: No notification light; no optical image stabilization; poor display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/12/2017
Бюджетный флагман: обзор Samsung Galaxy J5 2017
Source: Yamobi RU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; great built quality; nice display; support LTE; fast fingerprint sensor; good connectivity; long battery life. Negative: No Always On Display Mode; high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/31/2017
Recenze: Samsung Galaxy J5 – obrněnec s výbornou výdrží
Source: CZC CZ→EN
Positive: Metal case; solid workmanship; excellent display; good cameras; nice performance. Negative: No full HD mode.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/20/2017
Đánh giá Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro 2017: Thiết kế và hoàn thiện cao cấp ở mức giá rẻ
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Long battery life; modern design; support memory card slot. Negative: Average performance; poor display; poor cameras; weak hardware; relatively high price; no USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/24/2017
Trên tay Galaxy J5 2017: Cấu hình cao, pin trâu, giá hấp dẫn
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high autonomy; good price; metal case; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/23/2017
Ревю на Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) – направете път за новия герой на средния клас
Source: Smartphone.bg BU→EN
Positive: Attractive design; metal case; fast fingerprint sensor; nice display; high autonomy; decent hardware; good cooling system; nice cameras. Negative: No USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/14/2017
Бърз поглед на Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) – първи впечатления, камера, производителност
Source: Smartphone.bg BU→EN
Positive: Nice display; long battery life; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/17/2017
Представяне на Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) – 5.2″ екран, 8-ядрен Exynos 7870, метално тяло и две 13MP камери
Source: Smartphone.bg BU→EN
Positive: Excellent display; long battery life; good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/04/2017
75% Test Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%

 

Comment

Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

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.


These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

Qualcomm Adreno 306: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 410 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders.ARM Mali-T830 MP1: Integrated graphics card for smartphones and tablets with one clusters (MP1) supporting OpenGL ES 3.2. Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

ARM Mali-T830 MP2: Integrated graphics card for smartphones and tablets with two clusters (MP2) supporting OpenGL ES 3.2.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Qualcomm Snapdragon:

410 MSM8916: 64-Bit Cortex-A53 Quad-Core with an Adreno 306 GPU manufactured in 28nmSamsung Exynos:

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).
» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.158 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

0.16 kg:


78.8%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Huawei P smart
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Honor 9 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Huawei P10 Selfie
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Huawei Nova 2 Plus
Mali-T830 MP2, unknown
Huawei Nova 2
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Huawei Nova Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655
Huawei GR5 2017 Pro
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655
Huawei P9 Lite 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655
Honor 8 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655
Huawei P10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 658
Huawei GR5 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655

Devices with the same GPU

Samsung Galaxy M10
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 6.22", 0.163 kg
Huawei Mate SE
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.93", 0.165 kg
Huawei Y9
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.93", 0.17 kg
Huawei Nova 3e
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.84", 0.145 kg
Huawei P20 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.84", 0.145 kg
Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.93", 0.165 kg
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.9", 0.164 kg
Honor 9i
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.9", 0.164 kg
Huawei Nova 2i
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.9", 0.164 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Samsung Galaxy A51
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos Exynos 9611, 6.5", 0.172 kg
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Edition
Mali-G76 MP12, Exynos 9825, 6.8", 0.196 kg
Samsung Galaxy M10s
Mali-G71 MP2, Exynos 7884B, 6.7", 0.169 kg
Samsung Galaxy A70s
Adreno 612, Snapdragon 675, 6.7", 0.187 kg
Samsung Galaxy A6s
Adreno 512, Snapdragon 660, 6", 0.183 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2019-11-21 (Update: 2019-11-21)