Samsung Galaxy J7 Price is Php 12,499 via Lazada Online Revolution Sale : Is It The Right Smartphone For You?

Despite steadily losing market share in many key markets around the world, Samsung Mobile continues to be a strong player in the handset game here in the Philippines -- thanks in large part to its best-selling J-Series Android smartphones.

In fact, according the most recent IDC report, the Korean Giant remains to be the second most prolific phone seller in the country --next only to Cherry Mobile.

Samsung Galaxy J7

Designed to give consumers great value for money, Samsung's J line borrows some of the most attractive features of the more expensive A and E Series models and presents them in more pocket-friendly packages -- all while catering to the whims of users who love to take selfies.

Samsung Galaxy J7 - which flaunts a large 5.5-inch HD SuperAMOLED display protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen - is the biggest and most powerful handset in this line-up currently. And according to our sources, it's the company's top-selling phone in the Philippines along with the smaller J5.

Samsung Galaxy J7

Aside from its brilliant and sizable screen, Galaxy J7 also has several main selling points that make it a strong contender in the midrange echelon. For one, it looks rather attractive; Donning the slightly rounded look and shiny metallic accents of popular Galaxy models of old. It also has good imaging capabilities; At the back, you'll find a 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and f/1.9 aperture that should give it above average low light performance. But the 5MP front shooter with Soft LED flash shooter and enhanced selfie beautification mode is what makes J7 special compared to Galaxy models in other series. This is a phablet made for users who love to take photos of themselves with or without their friends for quick sharing on social media sites.

Samsung Galaxy J7

For me, though, what made this model a true stand out are the internal hardware that Samsung generously gave it. The device runs its TouchWiz-flavored Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with a 64-Bit Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Chipset, handles multitasking with 1.5GB of RAM, and comes with 16GB of expandable storage. Given Samsung's previous tendency to severely scrimp on the innards of entry-level and midrange Galaxy releases, I find this set rather impressive.

Samsung Galaxy J7
The more affordable Samsung Galaxy J5 gets an Antutu Benchmark Score in the range of 20,000 to 23,000 while Galaxy J7 usually lands within the 37,000 to 39,000 bracket.

So is the Samsung Galaxy J7 right for you? If you're looking for an affordable phablet by an international brand with a great looking display (SuperAMOLED remains to be the screen type to beat in terms of brilliance, if you ask me), decent 3D gaming performance, reliable main camera, and great front cam for taking selfies, you should definitely check this one out.

Dual SIM, LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy J7 has been out in the Philippines since July 29, 2015. Available in Gold, Black, and White, this model has an official suggested retail price of Php 12,990 -- but if you decide to purchase it via Lazada Philippines' on-going Online Revolution Sale, you'll be able to enjoy a discount of around Php 500.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy J7
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm
Weight 171 grams
Available Colors White, Black, Gold
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz UI
Display 5.5 inches (~69.6% screen-to-body ratio), 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density), Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Gorilla Glass 3 (TBC)
Processor 64-Bit Octa Core = Quad Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + Quad Core 1 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Adreno 405 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 128 GB
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4208 x 3120 pixels, f/1.9 aperture, autofocus, LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels, soft LED flash
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, Full HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Network 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G bands LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 TD-LTE 2300
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable 3,000 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features TouchWiz, Front Flash, Samsung Apps
Announcement July 29, 2015
Availability July 29, 2015
Price Official SRP: Php 12,990
Lazada Online Revolution Sale: Php 12,499