The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) was one of Samsung mid-range smartphone from the J series launched in 2017. The Galaxy J7 (2017) was released with the Galaxy J7 Max, a slightly bigger variant. In this article, I’ll be doing a review of the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) in 2020 telling you if it is still worth buying. Perhaps you were about to buy at a very cheap price, this review will help you a lot.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Key Specs
5.5 inches FHD Super AMOLED display
Exynos 7870 octa-core processor
3GB of RAM
16GB built-in storage
13MP rear camera
13MP front-facing camera
Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
3,600 mAh battery
Design and Body
The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) comes in a relatively slim aluminium body. The phone has a thickness of 8 mm and weighs about 181 grams. The phone durable aluminium build made the phone stand the test of time with it still being great after 3 years. The phone design is still years back but if you’re a fan of 16:9 aspect ratio you’ll find no issue. The phone has the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button.
The Galaxy J7 of 2017 has a 5.5 inches FHD Super AMOLED display with 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 401 pixels per inch density. The phone has the always-on display feature which shows information and notification on the screen using small power.
Processor and Memory
The Exynos 7870 octa-core processor is the one powering the Galaxy J7 (2017), the processor has a maximum clock speed of 1.6 GHz coupled with Mali T830 MP1 in charge of graphics. The processor is not as powerful as newer mid-range processor and this might be a deal-breaker for some.
The phone comes with 3GB of RAM which helps with multitasking and 16GB built-in storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot.
Coming to the camera department, there is a 13MP camera on the rear with f/1.7 aperture and Auto Focus. The rear camera can record 1080p Full HD videos at 30 fps. Also, the rear camera has a LED flash and it can take HDR and panorama shots.
At the front, there’s also a 13MP camera for taking selfies and video calls. The front camera has a LED flash which helps in low light situations. The selfie camera can also record 1080p videos at 30 fps.
Network and Connectivity
Samsung Galaxy J7 of 2017 has support for 4G LTE network which gives you access to fast internet speeds of up to 300 Mbps when downloading and browsing. The phone supports the following 4G bands: FDD LTE B1 (2100), B3 (1800), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B20 (800) & TDD LTEB40 (2300).
The phone comes with Bluetooth v4.2, dual-band WiFi 5, WiFi Direct, GPS, FM radio, WiFi hotspot and NFC. The phone has a micro USB port which supports OTG (On The Go).
Battery and Charging
The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) is backed by a 3,600 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery. The battery promises up to 24 hours talk time and 91 hours of music playtime. The phone charges via the micro USB port and it doesn’t support fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and is upgradeable to Android 9 Pie with One UI 1.0 via OTA. The phone runs on Android 9 Pie and won’t get any more update so if you’re a fan of update this might be a deal-breaker.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Review in 2020
The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) would be a good phone in 2020 if the deal breakers I told you are not really important to you. If the 8 would not be used for heavy tasks, it will perform very well without hassle.