Samsung’s firm belief in the saying “the more, the merrier” stands true as yet another phone is launched under the J7 banner. This saying also applies to the number of cameras on their phones: The Samsung Galaxy J7+ is Samsung’s second dual-camera phone and this time, you don’t have to shell out US$ 1,000 to own it.
The phone looks good
With a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, the Galaxy J7+’s screen wows.
This also means you get an Always On display which can be pretty useful, TBH.
The screen is bright and the images look crisp. The phone is pretty responsive — it does well for a midrange phone — though it’s obviously not as snappy as flagship devices, but that is to be expected.
And it feels good, too
It has a good weight and an aluminum body which means it’s a delight to hold — I don’t like light and plastic-y phones as they usually tend to feel cheap.
Speaker grilles are still at that spot we love
That spot is at the top-right side of the phone, above the power button.
Marvin and Dan have raved about this speaker placement, but I never really appreciated it until I used the phone. Clear audio all the way, and no issues with accidentally covering speakers way up there, even when I’m on the phone while lying in bed.
Still pretty old school with a micro-USB and (yay!) audio jack
It’s 2017 and while I’d love to see USB-C in new devices, it’s still pretty common for more affordable phones such as the Galaxy J7+ to have a micro-USB port.
The chin of the phone houses a physical home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner which unlocks the phone in a second. There are two capacitive buttons (back and recent apps) to the sides of the home button.
More choices with a dual-SIM slot
Again, the more the merrier! Two nano-SIM cards can be inserted on the phone, with one convertible slot that can house a microSD card for added storage as much as 256GB.
The volume buttons are on the top-right of the phone.
Of course, there’s the dual-cam rear setup
The rear packs 13- and 5-megapixel shooters, the latter camera designed to capture depth on photos.
Here are a few test shots:
The Galaxy J7+ cameras prove to be very capable with photos coming out with great color and detail in normal daylight scenarios.
The phone was even able to capture my dog in this pose — and doggies are rarely very still!
Another new feature that comes to the Galaxy J7+ is its Live Focus view, which allows you to adjust the bokeh or blur on a particular photo during or even after the photo had been taken. I’ve tried this mode on the Galaxy Note 8 and it’s a pretty fun feature!
Unfortunately, because this is a pre-production unit and some bugs are to be expected, I wasn’t able to try the mode out on this phone. The photos I took were tagged as “processing,” and this went on for a long time. After 30 minutes of waiting, I still couldn’t edit or open them.
The selfie camera is cool, too
This phone’s front-facing camera is a 16-megapixel shooter and has a built-in beauty mode which allows you to slim down your face, smoothen it out, adjust skin tone, or even increase your eye size.
There are also bundled stamps and stickers that make for the cutest selfies, and if you’re not impressed, well then you’re missing out on some serious millennial fun. I will never tire of these Samsung filters!
Here are more sample shots from the front and rear cameras:
All other things worth noting
The Samsung Galaxy J7+ is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. I had no issues running multiple apps and games that aren’t so heavy, like Stranger Things and Plants vs Zombies, played smoothly. A single charge on its 3000mAh battery lasted me a whole day’s worth of use.
At the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy J7+ is good for what it is: a midrange smartphone with good cameras on it.
This dual-camera phone comes at a way cheaper price point than the other dual-camera Samsung alternative (the Galaxy Note 8), but it’s worth noting that there are other phones in the market with specs that rival this for even less.
For those who know and love the Samsung brand, however, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re looking for a Samsung smartphone and only a Samsung, this may be the dual-cam handset for you.
The Samsung Galaxy J7+ retails for PhP 19,990 in the Philippines and THB 12,900 in Thailand.