Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 Review, Full Phone Specifications, Current Price, and Conclusion

Samsung Galaxy J5 2017

Introduction: –

Hello, Guys! Today, I’m going to take a look at Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 review. Galaxy J5 2017 edition is one of the latest mid-range phone made by Samsung. It costs roughly about 200 dollars depending on the region. And it has an all-metal design, pretty good specs for the price. So, let’s find out-


Design & Display: –

Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 design

The Samsung Galaxy j5 is one of the best build smartphones you can find. Honestly, I wish the Galaxy S8 was made entirely of metal like this phone. There are absolutely no plastic parts. Well, except for the antenna lines. I found J5 to hold comfortably in the hand. The buttons are tactile and at the phone is compact.

Since it has only 5.2 inch 720p Super AMOLED display. The resolution may not look impressive on paper but in reality, the display is great. It’s sharp and vibrant and it looks almost like equality 1080p panel same as the Galaxy J3 2017 edition. This phone lacks some essential features like a notification LED light or backlit capacitive keys. But it does have a fingerprint scanner. Well, it’s not the fastest I’ve seen but it’s accurate and it can unlock the phone straight in the standby mode.


Camera: –

Samsung Galaxy j5 2017 camera

The primary camera of the Galaxy J5 uses the 13-megapixel sensor with a bright F/1.7 aperture lens. That is coupled with a single LED flash. On the other, there is another 13-megapixel shooter that also has a bright F/1.9 aperture lens and the LED flash for selfies.
The daylight image quality is very good. The pictures come out sharp, detailed, the color reproduction is accurate and the exposure is usually good.

The main issue would be a poor dynamic range in some of the shots. But the HDR mode that has to be turned on manually does a very good job bringing the detail back to the shadows even though some of the shots may look a little bit unnatural. The close-up shots also the greatest. There is plenty of detail in most of the images. The panoramic pictures look good to you as there is a decent amount of detail and stitching is done well.

As usual, things get a lot worse at night but F/1.7 aperture lens really helped take decent looking photos for a sub 200 dollars phone. The selfies look pretty good as they are quite detailed also the front firing LED flash is powerful enough to take usable selfies in pitch-black situations.

The 1080p video looks great as there is plenty of detail, the colors look nice and the continuous autofocus feature works fine. However, the footage may look a little bit shaky if you move a lot since the camera likes optical image stabilization. The 1080p selfie video also looks great and the sound recording quality is decent.


Processor: –

The Galaxy J5 is a mid—range phone but it has quite a powerful Octa-Core Exynos 7870 chipset that is coupled with 2 gigs of RAM and just 16 gigs of storage. That can be further expanded via a dedicated microSD card slot. The gaming performance is just great I played all the graphically intensive 3D games on the highest visuals settings and the phone is able to handle them very well. You may see a few skipped frames but nothing major. Also, the phone stays cold to the touch even after 30 minutes of gaming which is really impressive.


User-Interface: –

If you have used any Samsung phone before you’ll feel right at home since the Galaxy j5 ships with the Samsung experience 8.1 UI which is built on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. As usual, Samsung added quite a few features and customization options just to name of you. You can customize the phone by choosing from a collection of themes, icon packs, and wallpapers. You can adjust some display settings or choose from a few advanced features. My favorite sync will be split screen mode, a one-hand operation mode that can be triggered by pressing a home button 3 times or camera quick launch feature. In general, the phone is quite fast on the daily basis. However, you may see some stutter if you keep a lot of apps running in the background.


Connectivity: –

The phone performs really well. I didn’t have any issues with either call quality in our signal reception Wi-Fi and Bluetooth works fine. Finally, the GPS is accurate when used for navigation. The phone has most of the sensors so you are all set in this department.


Sound: –

I love the fact that Samsung implemented the loudspeaker on the right side of the phone. So, you won’t end up covering it up the quality of sound is very good as it is balanced rich and at the loudspeaker can get quite loud. The output of the headset jack is good and there are no distortions and no static.


Battery: –

A 3000 mAh battery performs just great. Even if you use the phone quite intensively you will still get about 6 hours of screen on time. If you use the J5 just for basic stuff, you can even achieve over 7 hours of SOT (screen on time) and that translates to a couple of days of usage. Finally, it takes about one and half hours to fully charge the device. But what disappointing is that the phone still uses the microUSB port, not the USB type-C.


Conclusion: –

So, first of all, let’s talk about the Pros, and I would say that this phone has a top-notch build quality because it’s made of metal. The display is sharp even though that’s only 720p resolution but it looks almost like 1080p panel. Also, we have the pretty good overall performance even the gaming performance is good. Also, we have plenty of customization options UI, accurate fingerprint scanner, good loudspeaker and overall good camera performance.

However, there are some trade-offs that I have to consider so first of all the phone lacks LED notification light and the capacitive keys are not backlit. Also, I was a bit frustrated that the phone still ships with the microUSB port, not the USB type-c. At the end of the discussion, I still think that the Samsung Galaxy J5 2017 is a great phone but make sure to consider all the trade-offs before making approaches.


Indian Buyers Buy Now Price
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International Buyers
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SPECs: –




  • Technology- GSM/LTE/HSPA
  • SIM-  Single or Dual (Nano)
  • Launch- 2017, June
  • Dimensions-  146.2 x 71.3 x 8mm
  • Weight-  160g
  • Type-  Super AMOLED, 720 x 1080p (282 PPI)
  • Size-  5.2-inch
  • Rear-  13-MP, F/1.7, autofocus, LED Flash
  • Front-  13-MP, F/1.9
  • Video-  1080p@30fps
  • Features-  Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Panorama, HDR
  • OS-  Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Chip-  Exynos 7870 Octa
  • CPU-  Octa-Core 1.6GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU-  Mali-T830MP2
  • Internal-  16GB/32GB, 2GB RAM- Global, LATAN, SEA
  • 32GB, 3GB RAM- Pro edition
  • External-  up to 256GB (microSD)
  • Sensors-  Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • WLAN-  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi direct, Hotspot
  • USB- microUSB 2.0
  • Bluetooth, GPS, NFC & Radio available
  • Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone Jack available
  • Li-Ion 3000 mAh