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Samsung Galaxy J5 Design, Specifications, Battery Life, and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (SM-J500) smartphone released in 2015. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset, 1.5 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage. The Samsung Galaxy J5 runs on Android OS v5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box. It comes with a Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery. It features a 5 inches AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 px resolution.

Samsung Galaxy J5

The AMOLED technology is widely used for smartphones because of its gorgeous color reproduction abilities and very deep blacks.

The first thing you’ll spot with Samsung’s new Galaxy J5 is its super low asking price.

While flagships like the Galaxy S8 or iPhone 7 still come in at around £600, the Galaxy J5 sells for less than half that.

Despite the low price, it features a perfectly capable 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD.

The screen is a 5in 720p Super AMOLED panel, and there’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back, with a 13-megapixel selfie-snapper on the front.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Design

Sturdy and solid, but far from pretty. The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is made out of metal and feels reassuringly solid in terms of build quality.

At 0.31 inches (7.9mm) of thickness it is neither too thin, nor too thick, and the curved edges and slight curve on the back make it fit comfortably in the hand.

The most notable design element are the antennas on the back that extend like two halves of a curved rectangle, a look unlike that on any other phone.

Samsung Galaxy J5

This is particularly noticeable on the pink and gold J5 (2017) models, where the antenna bands contrast more with the color of the phone, while on the black and blue models, the antenna lines are barely noticeable.

There is a single camera on the back, flush with the body of the phone.

The other notable thing about the new J5 is that it has its speaker neither at the bottom, nor at the back, but on the right side of the phone (just like the Samsung A series from this year).

This is actually not a bad place for the speaker: you’re less likely to accidentally cover it with your hand.

The buttons are made of metal and feel clicky and responsive. There is now a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home key on the front.

It’s definitely not among the fastest ones, but it is fairly accurate.

On the bottom, you’d find the microphone, a microUSB port for charging (no USB-C here, unfortunately), and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The J5 (2017) lacks any form of special water protection or other super-powers, in case you were wondering.

Price and Competition

The Galaxy J5’s £240 price tag is a big part of its appeal – but it’s still £100 more than last year’s J5 cost at launch.

And if you’re shopping in this price range there’s plenty of similarly-priced alternatives, including some big hitters.

Samsung Galaxy J5

In particular, this year’s J5 faces stiff competition from the Moto G5 Plus (£250), the Nokia 6 (£230) and our current reigning champion with its monstrous battery life, Lenovo’s P2 (£200).

There’s also last year’s Galaxy J5 to contend with, which can still be found for just shy of £170.


Samsung Galaxy J5 Display

The Galaxy J5’s 1,280 x 720 display sets it apart from other low-cost phones.

That sub-Full HD resolution might sound low for a 5inch screen, but what it lacks in detail it more than makes up for in vibrance: it uses Samsung’s excellent Super AMOLED panel, and it’s an incredible screen for the price.

As usual with OLED, the contrast ratio is perfect and colours look amazingly rich.

The panel covers 98.5% of the RGB color gamut, which places it well in front of its budget rivals – especially Motorola’s Moto G5 Plus, which only managed a paltry 73.4%.

Maximum brightness isn’t quite as dazzling as some other phones, topping out at just under 300cd/m2.

But, so long as you’re not trying to use it in direct sunlight, you won’t be squinting at your Facebook feed too often.

Performance and Battery Life

Budget phones tend to use mid-range CPUs, so performance can be a weak point.

Aside from the Lenovo P2, I can’t think of anything around the £200 mark that hasn’t faltered in our usual suite of rigorous benchmarks.

Still, the 2017 Galaxy J5, with its dual-core Exynos 7870 and 2GB of RAM, proved a respectable performer.

Samsung Galaxy J5

In Geekbench 4’s multi-core-core test, it scored 3,736 – that’s almost a 50% bump over last year’s. It impressed in single-core performance too, scoring a total of 800.

The J5 is also capable of playing most Android games you throw at it, too.

The low 10fps score in GFXBench’s Manhattan 3.0 test indicates that it won’t handle the most demanding 3D scenes, but it has no problem with everyday games, blasting away enemy ships in Sky Force: Reloaded without so much as a hiccup.

And we’re very pleased to say that battery life is far improved over its predecessor.

In our standard battery test at 170cd/m2, 2017’s Galaxy J5 managed a crazy 18hrs 26mins away from the wall socket. That’s nearly two hours longer than Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy J5 Camera

The camera is another area that often suffers in cheap phones.

Last year’s J5 was let down by a tendency to overexpose most images, and on paper this year’s model doesn’t look much better, featuring a similar 13-megapixel resolution with only a slight aperture bump to f/1.7. In use, though, it turns out to be a marked improvement over the old model.

Samsung Galaxy J5

Images are clear and well-defined, with outstanding colour reproduction and very little visible noise.

Low-light situations were handled very well, while daylight shots were packed with detail. Even tricky subjects such as foliage were captured with outstanding clarity.

No doubt about it, this is a much more versatile camera than you’d expect for the price.

Samsung’s updated Galaxy J5 does everything you could ask for. It’s a solid performer when put side-by-side with its competition, battery life is excellent, the new design is top-notch and its camera is far improved over last year’s effort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions we have already answered so you don’t need to worry about the product. We really hope we answered some of your questions!

QUES: Is Samsung Galaxy J5 waterproof?

ANS: The Samsung Galaxy J5 does not have a water resistance certification so you should avoid coming into contact with liquids and creams.

QUES: Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro does support 3G Network?

ANS: YES, samsung Galaxy J5 Pro support 3G
3G Band: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100.

QUES: Does Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro have Fast Charging option?

ANS: NO, samsung Galaxy J5 Pro does not have Fast Charging.

QUES: What is the screen size of Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro?

ANS: Screen size/Display Size of Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro is 5.2 inches.

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