Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Gets it All Right Except the Price [Unboxing+Review]

Samsung has recently been producing some good smartphones, both flagships and mid-range devices. However it now looks like whoever decides what specifications a phone should go out with and what it should offer, isn’t exactly doing such a good job. Meet the recently launched Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro. A mid-range device that is currently on sale for eye-watering price of Rs. 36,999/-. Don’t let the Pro branding fool you, as the J7 Pro doesn’t bring too much to the table. So what does it offer? Is it really worth the price that is being asked for it?

To answer those questions and many more, we got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro and here is what we think of it.


Review in Urdu

Camera Samples

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Specifications

  • CPU: 1.6 GHz Octa-Core
  • Chipset: Exynoa 7870
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
  • Design:
    • Metal Chassis
    • Fingerprint sensor
    • Display: 5.5” Super AMOLED with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution (~401 ppi)
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3 GB
    • Internal: 16 GB
    • Card slot: yes, up to 256 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, LED flash
    • Secondary: 13 MP, f/1.9, LED flash
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS
  • Battery: 3,600 mAh with fast charging
  • Price: Rs. 37,999/-

  • “Mediocre” (In Immortan Joe’s voice from Mad Max: Fury Road).

    For this price, the specs are typical Samsung. In other words; you pay a hefty premium for that Samsung logo!

    The SoC is definitely good and modern as its built on a 14nm process like The Snapdragon 626 which it tries to compete against but it falls short of it in key areas.

    The GPU in Exynos 7870 ‘might’ be a dual-core one but it’s nowhere near close to The Adreno 506 found in SD626 (130 vs 47 gFlops). That’s a massive difference if you ask me! One simply can’t compete with Qualcomm’s GPUs! Even Apple use semi-custom Adreno GPUs in its iPhones!

    And the other noticeable difference is The CPU clock. SD626 can go up-to 2.2Ghz while The Exynos is capped at 1.6Ghz. Shame!

    Otherwise, both SoC are virtually identical with identical RAM bandwidth and LTE Modems.

    But you won’t notice any of it unless you’re a hardcore gamer. It’s a nice phone for professional users who want great display, battery life, build quality and premium looks and quality but If you’re looking for a good gaming phone stay clear of it, period.

    For gaming, I’ve yet to find a better affordable phone than The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4!

    P.S I find it rather ‘funny’ that the reviewer didn’t mention the always-on display which is a unique feature to have in the upper mid-range category. Nor there was any mention of its AMOLED panel which is also missing in every other smartphone in this category and is definitely superior than IPS Displays. And… Come to think of it, the guy also didn’t even mention Grace UX based on Android Nougat which is the same as Samsung Galaxy S8!

    Oh well…

    • Very nice analysis and good verdict I’d say.

      By the way, I did mention the always-on display and also the display being AMOLED. But I didn’t feel the need to continue to explain it since it was already available in flagships like the Note 7 and S8/S8+

      And yes, I could have mentioned the Grace UX part since the new version of it was exclusive to the S8/S8+ and I was quite surprised when I found it on the J7 Pro, a budget offering!

      Thanks for the feedback.

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