- Analysis by KJ David
Save for a couple of minor tweaks, this 2018 sequel to the Galaxy J7 Prime is pretty much a carbon copy of the forenamed mid-level octa-core Samsung Android (Check out other eight-core contenders here). With that said, while this means that the J7 Prime 2 offers all the pros of the original J7 Prime, it also suffers from similar cons.
Among its slight drawbacks are its decision to stick to its predecessor's 13-megapixel rear-facing main camera , despite several alternatives in the middle-class Android department shooting for 16-megapixel cams -- some even go for dual-lens cameras, if only elementary ones.
It also does not go beyond the original J7 Prime's 3300mAh battery capacity , which does not sound that competitive, compared to the 4000mAh full-tank capacities boasted by some of its contemporaries. We won't worry too much about it, though, since most of its stress test scores, including a 21-hour (over 1200 minutes) 3G talk time and an 84-hour continuous audio playback time , safely passed the corresponding average marks as of this specs-driven review. It's gonna need a lot more than those to level with full-fledged big-battery smartphones, however.
Heading over to the positive side of its mix of pros and cons, the J7 Prime 2 upgrades its base model's mild 8-megapixel selfie camera to a 13-megapixel selfie cam , consequently echoing the front-cam resolutions of some solid selfie-driven smartphones on the market. Its selfie cam's strong points end there, though, since it lacks a dedicated front-firing LED light and is stuck with a fixed focal length (ergo, no autofocus) .
Joining its strong points is a 32GB internal memory accompanied by a robust up-to-256GB microSD card slot . Its 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) PLS-TFT display sounds passable as well, if only because several of tantamount models settle for HD-720p-only screen resolutions.
Working from inside its shell, which, by the way, is a metal unibody met by a 2.5D-curved glass panel up front , are a 1.6GHz eight-core Exynos (7 Series) processor and 3GB of RAM, both of which sound decent, but are not the best this Android category has to offer -- several other mid-range eight-core models run on processors clocked at 2GHz or higher.
So, given the pros and cons that it brings to the middle-class table, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 sounds like a reasonable choice for users who don't wanna miss out on the octa-core action and a respectable selfie camera.
** This phone is also known as: Samsung J7 Prime 2
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