2015 wasn’t a great year for Samsung smartphone sales, but while flagships underwhelmed at the global box-office, a few mid-rangers over performed. The Galaxy J5 and J7 in particular developed a cult following among cash-strapped Android enthusiasts in emerging markets, standing out with solid overall quality-price ratios and LED flash-endowed selfie cameras.
Now it’s almost time for the two’s sequels, and if you were wondering whether they’d offer a similarly “original” selling point, the answer is yes. Based on product images revealed by China’s FCC-like Tenaa agency, we’re pretty certain the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016) will incorporate laser autofocus rear-facing shooters.
Either that, or perhaps heart rate sensors, but most likely, laser AF main cams. That would be a first for Samsung, including ultra-high-enders, the feature being especially popular in LG’s backyard.
Otherwise, the second-gen Js don’t look very distinguished, though there’s still a chance their plastic bodies shall be adorned by metal frames. The larger 5.5-inch model is obviously also the more powerful of the two, but instead of a mind-blowing 4,300 mAh battery rumored at one point, it’ll probably accommodate a 3,300 mAh or so cell.
The display sports 1080p resolution, you get 3GB RAM for smooth multitasking, 4G LTE connectivity, 13MP rear camera sensor, and either an Exynos 7870 processor or a mysterious 1.5/1.2GHz octa-core silicon possibly designed by Qualcomm.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy J5 (2016) loses around 0.3 inches of screen real estate, downgrades the pixel count to 1,280 x 720, memory to a couple of gigs, and the SoC to an unknown 1.2GHz quad-core unit. On the bright side, it retains LTE network speeds, the 13 megapixel photography powerhouse, and 16GB expandable storage.