The Galaxy J5 (2016) and the Galaxy J7 (2016) have been certified by TENAA, China’s telecom equipment certification authority. Both devices look largely similar to their predecessors, the Galaxy J5 and the Galaxy J7. These mid-range smartphones run Android 5.1 Lollipop as of now, but the new Galaxy J7 was spotted with Android 6.0.1 before so this might change in the future. Metal frames could also be present on the new phones (suggested by the cuts for the antennas at the front of the devices), which have only been seen on Samsung’s flagship smartphones and the Galaxy A lineup until now.
The 7.9mm thin Galaxy J5 (2016) features a 5.2-inch 720p AMOLED display, while the Galaxy J7 (2016) sports a larger 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. The J7 seems to have two variants – SM-J7108 and SM-J7109 – with the only difference between them being the processing chipset. The SM-J7108 (with a black bezel on the front) seems to be equipped with an Exynos 7870 processor, while the SM-J109 seems to use an unknown octa-core processor with four CPU cores clocked at 1.5GHz and the remaining cores clocked at 1.2GHz.
The J7 (2016) features 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an LED flash, 4G LTE connectivity, a 3,300 mAh battery, and a 7.6mm thin body. The J5 (2016) comes with 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel primary camera, a 5-megapixel secondary camera with an LED flash, and 4G LTE.
Interestingly, both these smartphones seem to have either a laser autofocus unit beside the camera sensor or a loudspeaker grill that’s painted in black. It could also be a heart rate sensor, but we will only come to know after the official announcement of the devices. Both these phones were certified by the Bluetooth SIG last month, and the new Galaxy J7 hit FCC certification a couple of weeks ago that confirmed its 3,330 mAh battery. The battery capacity of the second-generation J5 remains unknown.