The Samsung Galaxy J7+ is a solid addition to the Samsung family of mobile devices. A solid mid range phone retailing now at RRP RM1,299 (last year was RM1,599) is a great update compared to the previous models. With a bright and colourful 5.5 inch Super AMOLED 1080P display and a dual rear camera setup, this is one of the better mid range phones for that bokeh effect.
- Dual Camera
- Selfie Focus and Live Focus mode
- Solid Battery Life
- Nice colourful and vibrant Super AMOLED display
- Solid design and great build quality
- Poor base storage
- Average hardware overall
- Micro USB
- No Fast Charging
- Not IP68 rated and battery is not removable
As stated above, at RM1,299, it’s considerably easier to say that this phone is worth the cost when compared to its original price of RM1,599 last year. For what was very average hardware, except for the screen and camera, the phone was originally an extra RM 200-400 compared to other similar midrange and high end budget phones.
Specifications and Performance
As said previously, the specifications aren’t much to be amazed about, but it’s definitely a solid phone. With a MediaTek MT6757 (Helio P20), you get a 2.39GHz/1.69GHz octo-core which pairs well with the 4GB of RAM on the Samsung Galaxy J7+. Unless you are going to play power user and want super graphic intensive games on this phone, this will serve you well for this price range.
The biggest gripe is the lack of storage space at 32GB, which is just plain pathetic these days for mid range phones. Do remember that after the OS and any bloatware or essential software, your effective available memory out of 32GB is approximately 23.9GB. Luckily Samsung went with a Dual-SIM option for the Samsung Galaxy J7+, with one of slot being a hybrid for external memory support. So with a MicroSD card, you can boost the memory storage up to 256GB, which you almost will definitely have to do if you like taking photos or videos. So do budget accordingly or be nice if this is a gift and buy a MicroSD card to compliment the Samsung Galaxy J7+.
I should also mention that they kept this phone in the dark ages with Micro USB port and no fast charging. I’m also somewhat annoyed that batteries are getting harder to replace on phones, especially considering that this phone is not even IP68 rated.
Though after thinking about all the annoyances, I really do forgive the Samsung Galaxy J7+, The screen is a Super AMOLED 1080p display and the side placement of the relatively loudspeaker is a nice touch, though it does feel like a novelty in the end.
Design and Usability
The Samsung Galaxy J7+ won’t be winning points for an outlandish new design, but it does feel solid and sleek. The buttons aren’t in any awkward positions and the fingerprint sensor integrated in the home button feels fast and accurate.
Moving to colour options, you get your standard all black or a nice soft gold back with white front. While sound quality is standard, it works perfectly fine and I didn’t feel like the phone would be slipping out of my hands. The only issue from an aesthetic point of view, the Samsung Galaxy J7+ is a fingerprint magnet.
So for general usability, this phone feels like a solid device with an all aluminium unibody and gets a thumbs up from me.
A non-removable 3000 mAh Li-ion battery, the Samsung Galaxy J7+ contains a smaller battery than some of the other J series of phones. This is most likely to make room for the dual camera setup and the fact that all of Samsung’s batteries lately have been shrinking due to potential historically significant issues repeating.
The battery will still last you a whole day thanks to the power efficiency of the phone, so don’t worry too much about the smaller battery. Now if only there was fast charging…
Rear 13.3 + 5.0 Megapixels dual camera, makes this phone very budget friendly for those wanting the bokeh effect really badly. With the Live Focus and Selfie Focus function brought down from Samsung’s flagships, the camera is the real highlight of this phone. For that haven’t tried Live Focus yet, the phone will allow you the ability to make post photo-blurring adjustments.
I should also mention that the front shooter is a 16.0 Megapixel camera that is actually nice to use, but won’t have all those super extravagant selfie beautification filters that the China brands have.
So overall, while you can’t expect 4k video, OIS or the super crisp photos of the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Note 8, this is still very much still a good phone with a great dual camera setup.
- Overall: 7.5/10
- Price: 7/10
- Specifications and Performance: 7/10
- Design and Usability: 7.5/10
- Battery: 7.5/10
- Camera: 8.5/10
To boil down this whole review, with the new pricing, the Samsung Galaxy J7+ is reliable as a mid range camera phone. While it’s never going to be top of the line for its price, what you are paying for is Samsung’s build quality, reliability and service.