Samsung Galaxy J (2017) series vs Galaxy J (2016) Series

Samsung Galaxy J 2017 vs J 2016 comparison

Galaxy J series is a famous upper budget range phone. The phones are getting better each year. Many people but Galaxy J5 and J7 these days and they like it also. Samsung started Galaxy J series phones in 2015 with a motto of providing good features in reasonable budget. They have revised the phones this year with some polishing.

We are seeing some exciting features with the new generation phones. As the demand is changing, companies are adapting. Camera has improved, battery life is getting longer, software are user-friendly. In our view we have seen huge interest of people in budget and mid range phone.

Most people don’t buy flagship phones, instead they buy mid range phones. People with low-budget buy entry-level or upper entry-level phones. Galaxy J series has phones in all segment. The Galaxy J5 and J7 are upper budget to lower mid range type smartphones. Galaxy J1 and J2 are budget-level Android for Samsung family.

There are other lower end Android phones from Samsung but they don’t quite fulfill the criteria. Here we are comparing all their available J series phones from previous and this generation.

Read: Galaxy J 2016 vs J Prime Series

Common Grounds:


To simplify our comparison, we are laying off some common specs and details. It will make it easy because things won’t be repeated each time. Both J5 and J7 2016 have Super AMOLED display and 13 Megapixel back camera. Their internal memory is 16 GB and they support external SD card up to 256 GB.

Let us first compare Galaxy J3 2016 with J3 2017.

Galaxy J3 (2017) Galaxy J3 (2016)
5” 720pHD TFT 5” 720p sAMOLED Screen
Exynos 7570 Chipset Exynos 3475/Spreadtrum SC9830 Chipset
1.4 GHz Quad Core processor 1.5 GHz/1.3 GHz Quad core
Mali T720 GPU Mali 400/ Mali T720
2400 mAh battery 2600 mAh battery
16 GB onboard storage 8 GB Internal Memory
13 MP Main/ 5 MP front 8 MP Back/ 5 MP Front


New change in UI and UX of the phone is pretty visible though. This includes software upgrade which is important in battery life factor.


We now have the comparison of one of most selling J series phone. This is Galaxy J5 2016 vs Galaxy J5 2017

Galaxy J5 (2017) Galaxy J5 (2016)
5.2” AMOLED 720p Display 5.2” 720p Screen
1.6 GHz Octa Core Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor
3000 mAh battery 3100 mAh battery
16 GB On board Memory 16 GB Internal storage
Mali T830 GPU Adreno 306 GPU
Exynos 7870 Chipset Snapdragon 410 Chipset
 13 MP f/1.7 Camera at Back and f/1.9 Front  13 MP Main/ 5 MP front camera
 Android Nougat  Android Marshmallow


In the comparison of Galaxy J5 2017 vs Galaxy J5 2016, we see upgrade in camera and processing power. Out of the box they run Nougat as well.

Now we have the best fighter of the J series. Galaxy J7 2017 vs J7 2016. These are the best phones offered in this series.


Galaxy J7 (2017) Galaxy J7 (2016)
5.5” 1080p SAMOLED Screen 5.5” 720p SAMOLED Display
3600 mAh battery 3300 mAh battery
13 MP Camera at Back & Front 13 MP Main/ 5 MP front camera
1.6 GHz Octa Core processor 1.6 GHz Octa Core processor
Exynos 7870 Chipset Exynos 7870/ Snapdragon 617
Mali T830MP2 GPU Adreno 405/Mali T830MP2 GPU
16 GB Onboard memory  16 GB Onboard memory


The comparison of Galaxy J7 2017 vs Galaxy J7 2016 is interesting. The battery is now much improved. RAM size is also increased with improvement in front camera as well. Both J5 and J7 2017 have metallic body and fingerprint sensor.


This time Samsung really improved many aspects. Design wise, we love the AMOLED screen with 2.5D glass on top. It is fantastic to have 13 MP camera in such budget range phones. This is a great sensor and can take amazing pictures and videos. There is now IP54 splash resistant rating as well.

Phones are improving but they are getting expensive each year as well. We definitely love the new generation J5 and J7. If you are in the market for something new. You should definitely get the new one instead of old. They are much better investment this time. Samsung should keep up with this kind of work. This year they really shined with all their phones including mid range A series.


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About the Author: Abhishek Chand

Structural Engineer by profession. Computer and smartphone enthusiast. Tech-savvy blogger and former Gadget reviewer of AP1 HD TV and TechnoNepal.

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