After being launched in China last month, the next destination of Samsung Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 smartphones is India. As the company had announced earlier, the two selfie-centric handsets were officially launched at an event in New Delhi, India on July 16. Both are mid-range phone with some great specs. The 5-inch Galaxy J5 is priced at INR 11,999 (about $190) and the larger 5.5-inch Galaxy J7 comes with a price tag of INR 14,999 (about $235). Both the smartphones will be available exclusively through online retailer Flipkart from July 24. Pre-booking for the handsets opened from Thursday 4 pm.
Samsung has partnered with Airtel to give introductory double data offer to 4G users for a period of 6 months. The South Korean company is also offering INR 594 ($10) worth of unlimited music download through Wynk Music app for 6 months. Buyers can buy Samsung flip covers worth INR 999 ($16) for only INR 199 ($4) for a limited period as well as free in-app purchase credits worth INR 3,200 ($50) for top titles such as Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8 etc. on Gameloft.
Coming to the specs, the Samsung Galaxy J5 sports a 5-inch Super AMOLED (720 x 1280 pixels) HD display and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 CPU. It has a 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The J5 model launched in China has a TFT LCD display and 16GB of built-in storage. There is a 2600 mAh battery in it offering a standby time of 342 hours.
In the camera department, the Galaxy J5 has a 13MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture, autofocus and LED flash, and a 5MP camera also with LED flash at the front. The handset supports 4G, 3G, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, Glonass and Micro-USB. The device measures 142 x 73 x 8.5mm and weighs 149g.
The larger Samsung Galaxy J7 has almost similar specs except that it has a larger 5.5-inch screen with same 720 x 1280 pixels resolution but higher 16GB of built-in storage and a bigger 3000 mAh battery offering a standby time of 354 hours. Its dimensions are 152.2 x 79.1 x 7.9mm and it weighs 168g. The Galaxy J7 variant in India will come with a 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 7580 processor while the model launched in China sports the octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset.
Both the devices are dual-SIM dual standby and will run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Also, both Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 are first such handsets from Samsung to feature LED flash for the front-facing camera. The smartphones will have an anti-smudge anodized CMF coating on them and will be available in three color variants – Gold, Black and White.
While unveiling the phone Asim Warsi, Samsung India’s Vice President of Marketing, IT & Mobile said:
“Samsung is committed to lead the 4G revolution by providing new user experiences and latest technology. With consumers embracing the 4G revolution, we are looking at expanding our product offerings. The launch of Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 aims to give consumers options in the mid-range price segment. With optimal features and great value proposition for our consumers, the new devices will offer an uncompromised smartphone experience, at very competitive prices.“