Samsung Galaxy J5 Review


The Samsung Galaxy J5 is an Android smartphone from Samsung Electronics. It was introduced and introduced in June 2015.  It has an advanced 64-bit class-on-chip (SoC) system supported by 1.5 GB of RAM.

The Galaxy J5 features a 13-megapixel rear-view camera with LED flash, f / 1.9 aperture, autofocus and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera that can reach up to 120 ° high, also equipped with an LED flash.

Samsung Galaxy J5 at a glance

  • 5.0-inch 1280×720 resolution Super AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB storage with microSD and USB OTG support
  • 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording
  • 5 megapixel front camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM support
  • FM Radio
  • 2600mAh removable battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop



The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is made of metal and feels pleasantly solid in terms of build quality. With a thickness of 7.9 mm, it is neither too thin nor too thick and the curved edges and the slight curvature on the back make it comfortable in the hand. The most notable design elements are the antennas on the back, which extend like two halves of a curved rectangle, a phenomenon that is unlike any other phone. This is particularly noticeable in the J5 (2017) models in pink and gold, where the antenna strips contrast more with the color of the phone, while in the black and blue models the antenna lines are barely perceptible.

There is only one camera on the back, which is aimed at the body of the phone. The other notable thing about the new J5 is that it does not have its speaker on the bottom, but also on the back, but on the right side of the phone (like this year’s Samsung A-series). In fact, this is not a bad place for the speaker: he probably will not accidentally cover it by hand.


The buttons are made of metal and feel conspicuous and appealing. Now a fingerprint scanner is built into the house key in the front. It’s certainly not among the fastest, but it’s pretty accurate.

Below you will find the microphone, a microUSB port for charging (unfortunately there is no USB-C) and a 3.5mm audio jack.

J5 (2017) has no special protection against water or other superpowers, in case you are surprised.



The Galaxy J5 (2017) features a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with an HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.

The screen is properly laminated and has an oil-repellent coating that could be a standard in more expensive phones, but is not as common in affordable phones, so it’s good that the J5 (2017) has that.

What’s not so good is the resolution: it’s low by today’s standards, even for an affordable phone. In practice, this means that you see a pixelation that is particularly noticeable when reading text.

By default, colors are set in a powerful, slightly oversaturated (“Adaptive Display”) mode that most users like. You can go to Settings> Display> Screen Mode and choose another one with softer neutral colors. If you want a bit more precision out of the standard adaptive display mode, go to the “Color Balance” section and reduce the green and blue colors in just a few steps.

The J5 (2017) is also bright enough to be very legible even in direct sunlight, which is nice. The phone also has a blue light filter that reduces the blue light emitted from your phone. This should help you fall asleep more easily when using your phone at night, as the blue light on the screen could ruin your sleep cycle.


The Galaxy J5 has a 13-megapixel camera on the back with autofocus and a single LED flash. The picture quality is quite good with natural colors, good contrast, precise white balance and a lot of detail. There is a bit more sharpness and noise, but none is particularly annoying.

However, the dynamic range is not large and there is no HDR support. Autofocus can sometimes be very slow and unreliable, especially when capturing macros. The flash on the back works well with decent brightness and coverage.

The quality of the front camera is not good. There’s a beauty mode setting that’s adjustable, but even in its lowest setting, it’s never really turned off, making all the pictures look unnecessarily smooth. This is also moving to other apps like Snapchat, which are also affected by excessively softened skin.

The phone has an LED light on the front, which is blindingly bright. It’s more of a flashlight, as it tends to stay activated once and is not exactly a flash. It’s really useful only in dark environments, but you can not look at it for more than a few seconds. However, Flash is not available in third-party applications.

The quality of video recording is average. Both cameras record 1080p videos, but none are particularly good.



The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, a 1.2GHz processor, an Adreno 306 GPU and 1.5GB of memory with 8GB of internal memory and a 2600mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy J5 is equipped with a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen. [1] The South Korean variant adds support for T-DMB and Smart DMB. The phone has a metal frame and a plastic back cover.


This phone comes with Android 5.1.1, which can be upgraded to Android 6.0.1. [1] It is compatible with 4G LTE with dual SIM 4G. It is also compatible with Samsung Knox.

Marshmallow Release Dates by Models:

J500F -> June 13, 2016 in India, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey
J500M -> June 26, 2016 in Panama, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia
J500H -> July 12, 2016 in Russia, Venezuela and Ukraine
J500Y -> September 21, 2016 in New Zealand
J500FN -> 26th September 2016 in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Germany, Portugal, France, the Czech Republic and Austria

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