Samsung is planning to follow up on one of its biggest 2015 revelations just seven or eight months after the commercial debut of the first-generation Galaxy J5, but contrary to what you might have hoped, the low-cost sequel doesn’t look very… special on paper.
If priced correctly, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) could still make it, though its benchmarked specifications simply feel too similar to those of the original. No Full HD screen resolution upgrade in the cards, no jump to a Snapdragon 615 or 617 processor, not even pre-loaded Marshmallow software goodies.
At least not yet, because Sammy can always change the Android iteration between the time of this pre-release performance test and the actual rollout. There’s a chance the J5 (2016) won’t run outdated 5.1 Lollipop upon launch, but unfortunately, it’s probably too late to revise the 5.2-inch 720p display, quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip, 13 or 5MP cameras.
So, what’s different this time around, besides a slightly larger Super AMOLED panel? According to GFX Bench’s data, only an extra 500MB of RAM (for a total of 2 gigs), and presumably, at least 200 or 300 mAh more battery juice.
Also, fingerprint recognition, most likely, which is slowly becoming a staple feature of both high-end and mid-range Samsung phones. Enough to warrant an upgrade? Absolutely not, unless the second-gen J5 is redesigned as well to incorporate a metallic frame. Which seems improbable, not to mention it’d needlessly drive the price through the roof.
Source: GFX Bench