Smartphone consumers have a lot of option at their disposal nowadays and Samsung has a lot to offer to everyone. People are in confusion of what to buy, which is best and which will give the best value for money. This is all due to various series of phones like A, E, J series. The phones in these series have similar names due to generic numbering style. So we are doing a quick comparison between Samsung Galaxy A series Vs J series phones.
The new J family has many handsets but our main battle is between the Galaxy J3, J5, J7 and A3, A5 , A7. We will be analyzing them separately. We have already done the comparison between Samsung Galaxy C series vs A Series. Buyers are happy because they have a lot of choice in power, build and economics as well. The models keep hitting the market very fast which gives a fresh update to new customers.
Comparison of background and objectives
We want to compare these smartphones as per generations. Our try is to compare matching generation because people can have an idea how the features and power is according to time. Our next criteria obviously model number and segment. J series clearly an entry level one and A series mid range segment but some models do come close in terms of feature.
Galaxy A3 2016 vs Galaxy J3 2016
Let us start by comparing these two smartphones because these are the first and only comparable phones in Samsung’s portfolio.
|Galaxy A3 (2016)||Galaxy J3 (2016)|
|4.7” 720P SAMOLED Panel||5” HD AMOLED Screen|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Protection||Asashi Dragontrail Glass protection|
|Snapdragon 410 Chipset/ Exynos 7578||Exynos 3475/ Spreadtrum SC9830|
|1.5 GHz quad core processor||1.5/1.3 GHz quad core processor|
|1.5 GB RAM||1.5/ 2 GB RAM|
|16 GB Storage||8/ 16 GB On-Board Storage|
|Adreno 306/ Mali-T720MP2 GPU||Mali 400/ T720 GPU|
|13 MP Rear, 5 MP Front f/1.9 Cameras||8 MP Back, 5 MP Front f/2.2 Sensors|
|2300 mAh Battery||2600 mAh battery|
Both phones have a good screen, same RAM and even storage. The J3 2016 is good for battery life while A3 2016 is good for premium build and camera especially. Both phones also have screen protection which is very good.
Galaxy A3 2017 vs Galaxy J3 2017
These are both small form factor phones with 16:9 aspect ratio. The below-mentioned phones are very much comparable in terms of features and hardware specs. As before the main visible difference is screen size in both of these phones.
|Galaxy A3 (2017)||Galaxy J3 (2017)|
|4.7” SAMOLED HD Screen||5” HD SAMOLED Display Panel|
|Exynos 7870 SOC||Exynos 7570 Chipset|
|1.6 GHz octa core processor||1.4 GHz quad core processor|
|Mali-T830 MP1 GPU||Mali T720 MP2 GPU|
|2 GB RAM||2 GB RAM|
|16 GB Storage||16 GB Onboard storage|
|13 MP Back, 8 MP Front f/1.9 Cameras||13 MP f/1.9 Rear, 5 MP f/2.2 Front Camera|
|2350 mAh battery||2400 mAh Battery|
Both phones have Super AMOLED screen which is great but A3 2017 comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The A3 has an octa-core processor, supports AOD (Always on Display) feature and has a slightly bigger battery. For a lower budget, the J model seems very good value.
Galaxy A5 2015 vs J5 2015
Now, we will start the battle of most popular handsets of the series. A5 and J5 are one of the most popular phones of their series since the start. Let us see the comparison between these two mobiles.
|Samsung Galaxy A5||Samsung Galaxy J5|
|Quad-core 1.2 GHz Processor||Quad-core 1.2 GHz Processor|
|Snapdragon 410 Chipset||Qualcomm SD 410 SOC|
|5 inches SAMOLED screen||5 inches Super AMOLED screen|
|Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|16 GB internal storage||8/16 GB internal storage|
|13 MP f/2.0 Back, 5 f/2.2 MP front Camera||13 MP f/1.9 Back, 5 MP f/2.2 front Camera|
|2 GB RAM||1.5 GB RAM|
|2300 mAh Battery||2600 mAh Battery|
|Max 64 GB external SD card||128 GB external SD card|
We can see that both mobiles have the same processor, OS, and even screen. The J5 2015 has a bigger battery and back camera with a wider aperture. The A5 2015 has Gorilla Glass 4, 512 MB higher RAM and metal uni-body build. In a simple overview, A5 is surpassed by its J series counterpart in terms of value.
Galaxy A5 2016 vs J5 2016
These are the second iteration of the A5 and J5 smartphones. They came with better improvements and new contrasting hardware. Both models are equally popular in the international market.
|Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)||Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)|
|1.6 GHz Octa-core /1.5 QC+ 1.2 QC||1.2 GHz Quad Core processor|
|2 GB RAM||2 GB RAM|
|1080p 5.2” Display, 424 PPI SAMOLED||5.2” 720p SAMOLED display|
|13 MP back, 5 MP front Camera (f/1.9)||13 MP back, 5 MP front Camera (f/1.9)|
|2900 mAh battery||3100 mAh battery|
|16 GB internal storage||16 GB internal space|
|Snapdragon 615/ Exynos 7850 SOC||Snapdragon 410 Chipset|
|Adreno 405/ Mali T720MP2 GPU||Adreno 306 GPU|
|256 GB SD Card Max support||256 GB SD Card Max support|
|Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.1.1|
Here unlike the 2015 models, Samsung has given more power to the A5 2016. It has better screen resolution, faster processor and design. However, the battery section is won by J5 2016. It is very good to see that both mobiles have the same level of camera power. The sensor size, pixel count and aperture are all same. So overall both handsets get a very good score.
Galaxy A5 2017 vs J5 2017
These smartphones are quite better than its predecessor. The specs are quite similar to each other but these still some major differences to keep them apart. Let us have a look at the comparison below.
|Galaxy A5 (2017)||Galaxy J5 (2017)|
|1.9 GHz Octa-core processor||1.6 GHz Octa-core Processor|
|32/64 GB onboard storage||16/32 GB internal storage|
|Max 256 GB SD card||Max 256 GB SD card|
|3000 mAh battery||3000 mAh battery|
|Exynos 7880 SOC||Exynos 7870 Chipset|
|1080p 5.2” SAMOLED Display, 424 PPI||5.2” Super AMOLED 720p Display|
|Mali-T830MP2 GPU||Mali T830 GPU|
|16 MP, f/1.9 rear, 16 MP front Camera||13 MP f/1.7 Camera at Back and f/1.9 at front|
|3 GB RAM||2 GB RAM|
|Android 7.0 OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
The A5 2017 brings higher 1080p resolution and Gorilla Glass 4 while J5 2017 can’t do that. This is a trend we are seeing since the start. One interesting thing is in the camera because the A5 has a higher pixel count at 16 MP but it has f/1.9 aperture. The J5 counterpart has comparatively lower 13 MP sensor but the aperture is f/1.7 which is very wide. This wider aperture gives better low light photos and bokeh effect. For everything else, the performance can be very similar due to nearly the same level hardware.
Galaxy A6 (2018) vs J6 (2018)
Both of these phones are a new addition of 2018 in their respective series. Before this these models were not present in Samsung’s portfolio. The company tries to improve and refresh their lineup constantly. These new mobiles come with taller aspect ratio, newer UI and more much-needed updates. So here is the comparison between both Galaxy A6 and Galaxy J6.
|Galaxy A6 (2018)||Galaxy J6 (2018)|
|1.6 GHz Octa Core Processor||1.6 GHz Octa Core Processor|
|Exynos 7870 Chipset||Exynos 7870 SOC|
|3/4 GB RAM||3/4 GB RAM|
|32/64 GB Internal Storage||32/64 GB Internal Storage|
|5.6” SAMOLED 720×1480 Screen||5.6” SAMOLED 720×1480 Display|
|16 MP f/1.7 Rear Camera||13 MP f/1.9 Rear Camera|
|16 MP f/1.9 Front Camera||8 MP f/1.9 Front Camera|
|3000 mAh Battery||3000 mAh Battery|
It is very fun to see Samsung put the same hardware in phones of a different segment. Both A6 2018 and J6 2018 have the same processor, screen size, resolution and battery size. The only difference is a camera because A6 2018 has 16 MP f/1.7 back and 16 MP f/1.9 selfie camera. On the other hand, J6 has 13 MP f/1.9 main camera and 8 MP f/1.9 secondary selfie camera. Except these both phones are the same to the core. So in our view, J6 is much better value providing the phone.
Galaxy A6+ 2018 vs Galaxy J6+ 2018
These are also new 2018 versions and clearly, these two phones are above the original J6 and A7. The J and A series lineup is very big and it is very hard to keep track of all of them. They constantly add new phones which is better for everyone because people can get good deals even with small price delta.
|Galaxy A6+ (2018)||Galaxy J6+ (2018)|
|6″ Super AMOLED Display||6″ IPS LCD Display|
|1080×2220 screen resolution||720×1480 screen resolution|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC||Snapdragon 425 Chipset|
|1.8 GHz octa core processor||1.4 GHz quad core processor|
|3/4 GB RAM||3/4 GB RAM|
|32/64 GB Onboard storage||32/64 GB Onboard storage|
|3500 mAh battery||3300 mAh Battery|
|16 MP f/1.7 + 5 MP f/1.9 Dual back cameras||13 MP f/1.9 + 5 MP f/2.2 Dual back cameras|
|24 MP f/1.9 selfie camera||8 MP f/1.9 selfie camera|
There is a lot of disappointing things in the J6+ compared to A6+. It has IPS LCD instead of AMOLED which almost all J series phones have. Then the screen resolution is also HD+ even for such big display. The processor is also very old and is just quad core while A8+ has octa core chip.
Galaxy A7 2015 vs Galaxy J7 2015
Both of these phones are big and better models of their respective lineup. People prefer these because of big screen, bigger battery and better hardware. At the time of launch A7 was thinnest phone from Samsung while J7 was best phone of upper budget range market. Lets see the comparison of Galaxy J7 and A7 2015 models.
|Samsung Galaxy A7||Samsung Galaxy J7|
|Octa-core (1.8+1.3 QC)||Octa-core (1.4+1.0 QC)|
|Snapdragon 615/ Exynos 5430 Chipset||Snapdragon 615/ Exynos 7580|
|5.5” SAMOLED Display||5.5 inch Super AMOLED Display|
|1080×1920 Screen Resolution||720×1280 Screen Resolution|
|Android 5.0 Lollipop OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|16 GB Internal Storage||16 GB Onboard storage|
|2600 mAh battery||3000 mAh battery|
|2 GB RAM||1.5 GB RAM|
|13 MP Back f/2.0 Rear secondary||13 MP f/1.9 Back sensor|
|5 MP f/2.2 Secondary selfie Camera||5 MP f/2.2 front Camera|
|64 GB External SD Card||128 GB External SD Card|
The original A7 has an amazingly solid looking and feeling slim body. Due to this, there is a smaller battery compared to J7. The Galaxy A7 2015 has FHD resolution with Gorilla Glass 4 which are its major pros. In the J7 2015, there is the same display size but the resolution is just HD. It also has a bigger battery and better camera because there is the same pixel count but wider f/1.9 aperture.
Galaxy A7 2016 vs Galaxy J7 2016
In the second iteration, both smartphones came with almost the same specs and we can see them in the table below. Still, just like original handsets, we see a difference in display and camera.
|Galaxy A7 (2016)||Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)|
|3 GB RAM||2 GB RAM|
|5.5” FHD AMOLED Screen||5.5” 720p SAMOLED Display|
|3300 mAh battery||3300 mAh battery|
|13 MP Back, 5 MP front f/1.9 Camera||13 MP Back, 5 MP selfie f/1.9 Cameras|
|1.6 GHz Octa-core processor||1.6 GHz Octa-Core processor|
|Adreno 405 GPU||Adreno 405/Mali T830MP2 GPU|
|Exynos 7580 chipset/ Snapdragon 615||Exynos 7870/ Snapdragon 617|
|16 GB Internal Storage||16 GB Onboard memory|
|Android 7.0||Android Nougat|
We can see that the screen size is the same but the A7 2017 still has a sharper screen due to FHD resolution. It also has an edge due to screen protection from Corning. This time the cameras, battery and internal storage capacity are exactly the same. The difference is very narrower in this comparison as well. So in our view, J7 still gets the award of best value here. Even though being a budget mobile, J series phones are providing significant value for the price compared to Samsung’s own more expensive products.
Galaxy A7 2017 vs J7 2017
From this generation, we see significant updates and upgrades. Both phones come with a newer design, better screen, big battery, and improved feature sets. We see USB Type C in A7 (2017), fingerprint sensor in J7 (2017) and many other changes. Let us have a look at the comparison of these smartphones.
|Galaxy A7 (2017)||Galaxy J7 (2017)|
|1.9 GHz Octa-core processor||1.6 GHz Octa Core processor|
|3 GB RAM||3 GB RAM|
|32 GB internal storage||16 GB On board|
|256 GB micro SD card support||256 GB micro SD card support|
|Mali-T830MP3 GPU||Mali T830MP1 GPU|
|Exynos 7880 SOC||Exynos 7870 Chipset|
|5.7” 1080p Super AMOLED screen||5.5” 1080p SAMOLED Screen|
|16 MP f/1.9 cameras at both sides||13 MP Cameras (f/1.7 Rear, f/1.9 Front)|
|3600 mAh battery||3600 mAh battery|
Some major changes support to a higher density memory card and bigger 3600 mAh battery. The A7 2017 has a bigger base storage and slightly newer SoC. The camera pixel count is also higher which is 16 Megapixels for both sides at f/1.9. On the other hand, J7 2017 also comes with FHD resolution and same size battery. It has smaller base storage and both sides have 13 MP cameras. The difference is that the front is f/1.9 and the back is f/1.7 which is significantly better. Galaxy J7 Pro is one of the most popular and certainly best phones of 2017 from J line.
Galaxy A8 vs Galaxy J8
These are the newest addition in both lineups from 2018. They were not present before in the Samsung family. These are new generation phones that come with an updated design, refreshed software, and upgraded performance. Mostly these newer handsets have 18.5:9 aspect ratio, AOD feature, Android Oreo, dual cameras, Samsung Experience UI and lots of sensors.
|Galaxy A8 (2018)||Galaxy J8 (2018)|
|5.6” SAMOLED 1080X2220 Panel||6″ AMOLED 720X1480 Display|
|Exynos 7885 Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SOC|
|Octa Core Processor (2.2 Dual Come +|
1.6 Hexa Core Combination)
|1.8 GHz Quad Core Processor|
|4 GB RAM||3/4 GB RAM|
|32/64 GB On Board Memory||32/64 GB Storage|
|3000 mAh Battery||3500 mAh Battery|
|16 MP f/1.7 Back Camera||16 MP f/1.7 + 5 MP f/1.9 Dual Camera Setup (Back)|
|16+8 MP f/1.9 Secondary Cameras||16 MP f/1.9 Front Shooter|
Both of these are very interesting mobiles because now we are getting a bigger screen size at 6″. J8 2018 has HD+ screen resolution and dual cameras at the back while A8 2018 has FHD+ screen resolution and dual cameras at the front. Both are targeted to different consumers. Youths like good selfie camera while normal users like good back side main camera. The processor is stronger on A8 but RAM and storage are all same for both. We do like the fact that J8 has better battery life due to an extra 500 mAh battery size.
After the launch of new Galaxy lineup, we have compared the Galaxy A 2016 vs Galaxy A 2015
Analysis and Decision
Samsung makes A series to provide flagship features, specs, and design in mid-range. They make J series for the mass budget market. J family is meant to deliver basic requirements in the budget segment with more value addition. A lineup has best build quality and design compared to J family. The features from the top line are watered down and kept in each family. We are seeing a trend of price increase each year in both lines.
In a simple overview of the specs, we see that Galaxy J series smartphones are providing hardware very close to more expensive A mobiles. We do see better protection, design and build materials inexpensive mid-range segment though. But if we are to observe the raw power and value for money, J mobiles are best to consumers.
The decision is all yours. If you want good specs in the budget, J lineup is the best choice. For premium build and features than A series is the answer. If you are satisfied with specs of J family as they are similar to A family and you don’t need the premium look, higher pixels in screen then you are best of with the J series or else A family will give you the service you need.