Samsung’s first Galaxy J, launched in 2013, is a forebear of the company’s metal-and-glass aesthetic. At a time when most Galaxy phones were clad in plastic and faux leather, the J’s patterned aluminum back represented a design departure for the Korean smartphone giant.
A lot changes in three years, though, and now the J series fills a different niche: midrange phones for the budget-conscious masses. On Wednesday, product web pages on Samsung France and Samsung Spain suggest the latest additions to the Galaxy J family, the J5 and J7, are heading to European markets following a quiet launch in China earlier this year.
The J5 and J7 aren’t exactly extraordinary. Both sport Super AMOLED panels with 720p resolutions — an unfortunate step down from the Chinese models’ 1080p screens, in the case of the J7 — and the J5’s display measures a few fractions of an inch smaller (5.2 inches) than the J7’s (5.5 inches) screen. Otherwise, the two share most internals in common: a metal backplate, a 2GB RAM module (down from 3GB in the Chinese models), a 13-megapixel rear camera with a f/1.9 aperture, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with dedicated LED flash, 16GB of storage, a MicroSD slot, and LTE connectivity.
The remaining differences are largely superficial. The J7’s got an ever-so-slightly more powerful processor (Samsung’s Exynos 7870 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 versus the J5’s Snapdragon 410), and a marginally bigger removable battery (3,300mAh versus 3,100).
The specs may not sound impressive, but the prices are palatable: J7’s going on sale in Spain for 299 euros. Pricing for the J5 hasn’t been announced, but it’s a safe bet it’ll come under its higher-end cousin’s price tag (the Chinese model’s going rate is 1,398 yuan, or about $225). The availability of the J5 and J7, though, remain a bit of a mystery — as of publishing time, the J5’s spec page resides exclusively on Samsung France’s website — but given the handsets’ compatibility with a wide range of carrier bands, a broader launch down the line is a good bet.
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