• Display: 5.5-inch (FHD)
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 6.0.1
  • Camera: 13MP (rear), 8MP (front)
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 75mm x 8mm
  • Weight: 167g
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 7,250 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm Extreme: 3,937 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm: 8,304 points
  • PC Mark Work: 3,576 points
  • Antutu: 43,798 points

Primed And Ready

Phones nowadays are most than just communication devices, but also fashion accessories. Although performance always comes first aesthetics are an important factor for many. For those out looking for a mid-range smartphone take a look at the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime which we are just about to review below.

Picking it up for the first time the J7 Prime has some weight to it, but that’s explained by its full metal body. The full metal body has a curved back and the finish gives the phone a premium look, while also feeling durable in hand. The display is protected by a 2.5D Gorilla Glass which seems to getting popular among manufacturers these days. The screen measures at 5.5-inches but we found it quite comfortable to grip nonetheless, and displays at Full HD resolutions, great for watching videos and movies.

The phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is powered by a Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa-core 1.6GHz processor and 3GB of RAM. The built-in storage is 32GB but can be expanded further up to 256GB with a microSD card. Our experience with the performance of the phone has been without any issues. The phone scrolls through menus smoothly, and launches apps timely with little to no lag. Surfing the web as well had no issues, while the display had sharp and crisp text and colours that stood out well. The touchscreen is quite sensitive but it’s to our liking as it had just the right amount of sensitivity.

The J7 Prime sports a 13MP rear camera with a lens aperture of f/1.9 which takes great shots. We tested the camera in multiple situations including low light scenarios and we are honestly satisfied with the photos taken, even those in low-light locations. Whereas the 8MP front camera has the identical lens aperture of f/1.9 which takes great selfies, and the Wide Selfie feature allowed us to take group selfies without the need of a wide-angle lens.

With its 3,300mAh built-in battery, the J7 Prime had no problems lasting an entire day with basic usage and regular web surfing. If you aren’t a heavy user you could probably get 2 days out of a single charge and probably even more.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The full metal body, 2.5D glass and satisfying performance of the J7 Prime is definitely something we would recommend to those out for a mid-range smartphone.

(previously published in issue December 2016)