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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime: Getting the job done

By Ian Chee - 19 Dec 2016
Launch SRP: RM1199

Introduction, Design and Features

Flagship devices are very pricey today and repairing them can cost a bomb. Taking for example a device that costs about RM3,000, repairing the most easily damaged component – the display, can cost a third of the phone itself. And there are a lot of pretty good, affordable phones for that sort of money. Today, let’s take a look at one – the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime.

Design and features

As with all other devices under the banner of the Korean tech giant, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime looks much like any other Samsung phone, with the obvious exception of the Galaxy S7 edge. Going down to specifics, you have the metal backplate, with the rest being plastic. Despite the plastic bits, it does feel pretty solid.

The other bit that isn’t plastic is of course the 5.5-inch Full HD LCD IPS display that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Other glass bits include the 13MP main camera and the 8MP secondary camera.

Above the power button here is a speaker grille. An odd placement, but it does its job.

You still have the iconic home button / fingerprint sensor hybrid, flanked by the ‘back’ and ‘recent’ capacitive buttons. On the right is the power button, and on the left is the volume rocker. The two nano-SIM slots and the microSD slot is also on the left, but you’ll need an eject tool or a pin of some sort to access them.

The main SIM stands alone, while the secondary SIM shares a tray with the microSD card.

Other things not immediately obvious from the outside include an Exynos 7870 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The microSD slot will help give you up to another 256GB of storage.

The Micro USB port is where it is usually, but the 3.5mm audio port is also situated at the bottom, which is another placement that's out of the norm.

Aside from Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the Galaxy J7 Prime comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay. Everything is extremely familiar here, including the full suite of Microsoft mobile apps. An exception is a new option called ‘Outdoor mode’ for the screen brightness adjustment. This flares the display brightness up to eleven for 15 minutes to combat the sunlight.

     

Updates now have the option to be scheduled overnight, so that it will update when you're not using it.

 

8.0
  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
The Good
Affordable
Support for dual Nano-SIM
Has an 'Outdoor' mode for brighter display
The Bad
Generic Samsung design
Performance could be better