If you’re in the market for a mid-range smartphone that has excellent specs, two of your best options are the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017). These two models from Korean tech giant Samsung have similar specs, but they both have unique features that make them stand out. If you’re caught between these two great phones and don’t know which one to choose, this guide is for you.
Design and Dimensions
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and the Galaxy A5 (2017) are almost the same size. The former measures 5.97 x 2.95 x 0.31 inches and weighs 5.89 oz, while the latter measures 5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches and weighs 5.96 oz. The J7 Prime has a bigger display size at 5.5 inches, but the A5 2017 is just a few steps behind with a 5.2-inch screen size. Both have a 1080 x 1920 resolution, although the A5 2017 has a slightly bigger pixel density (424 ppi vs 401 ppi).
Both models are designed to be elegant; the J7 Prime has a compact metal body with a brushed metal finish, while the A5 2017 has a glass body with metal accents. They both have scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass, although the A5 2017 takes things a step further with its dust-proof and waterproof design and IP68 certification.
Hardware and Software
Both the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and the Galaxy A5 (2017) run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and both can be upgraded to Android Nougat. In fact, the A5 2016 has just started to receive the Nougat update, so it’s highly likely that the 2017 version will get the update in the next few weeks, too. The J7 Prime, on the other hand, will reportedly get Nougat in the second quarter of the year.
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is built with the Exynos 7880 Octa processor and the Mali-T830MP3 GPU, while the Galaxy J7 Prime has the Exynos 7870 Octa chip and the Mali-T830MP2 GPU. These specs show that the two phones have almost similar capabilities, although the A5 2017 has faster performance because of its more advanced hardware. It also has a bigger built-in storage — it comes with 32 GB while the J7 Prime only has 16 GB — although they both have 3 GB of RAM.
If you love taking pictures, you’ll want to get the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) since it comes with a 16 MP main camera and a 16 MP front camera. The J7 Prime, on the other hand, comes with a 13 MP main camera and an 8 MP front camera. In terms of battery life, the J7 Prime comes out on top with its 3,330 mAH battery and 21-hour talk time; the A5 2017 isn’t too far behind, though, with its 3,000 mAH battery and 16-hour talk time.
So Which One Should You Choose?
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) are both great phones. But, if you want to have the faster and more powerful phone with better camera performance, you’ll have to go for the A5 2017.