Jul 172015
 

Samsung has just launched their J series phones in India via e-commerce site, Flipkart.

Samsung is promoting these phones as gaming phones with midrange capabilities. The same is confirmed by the hardware specifications as compared in detail below(source gsmarena.com)

                                                  Samsung J7                                                   Samsung J5

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

GSM / HSPA / LTE

2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – SM-J7008

LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) SM-J5008

Dimensions

152.2 x 79.1 x 7.9 mm (5.99 x 3.11 x 0.31 in)

142 x 73 x 8.5 mm (5.59 x 2.87 x 0.33 in)

Weight

169 g (5.96 oz)

149 g (5.26 oz)

SIM

Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)

Type

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.5 inches (~69.3% screen-to-body ratio)

5.0 inches (~66.5% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

720 x 1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)

OS

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 615

Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410

CPU

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU

Adreno 405

Adreno 306

Card slot

microSD, up to 128 GB

microSD, up to 128 GB

Internal

16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM

16 GB, 1.5 GB RAM

Primary

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Features

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection

Video

1080p@30fps

1080p@30fps

Secondary

5 MP, LED flash

5 MP, LED flash

Alert types

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker

Yes

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

Yes

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.1, A2DP

v4.1, A2DP

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

NFC

Yes

Yes

Radio

FM radio with RDS; recording

FM radio with RDS; recording

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity

Accelerometer, proximity

Battery

Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery

Colors

White, Black, Gold

White, Black, Gold

Price

14999

11999

The J7 and the J5 run on the out dated Qualcomm 615 and 410 snapdragon chipset with octacore A53 and quadcore A53 processors respectively. Both pack 1.5 GB RAM. Though nothing much to boast about, the phones are placed at a very strategic price point. You wont be able to get a quality phone at his price point which has as 5.5 inch(J7) or 5 inch(J5) superamoled screen(gsmarena.com lists it as TFT capacitive touch screen whereas flipkart lists a super amoled one. But samsung website lists super amoled so we go by that. The phone would be lucrative, had it not been samsung’s nature to blot their phones with the heavy touchwiz. 1.5 GB RAM may not be very much after all. Still its more than motorola Moto G which sells for 9999 at this moment.

Both phones have a 720p display which is adequate for this price. The presence of NFC makes not much difference in Indian context. LTE(4g) is standard with dual sim standby(LTE + GSM).

The USP for this phones will be the 13 MP rear shooter and the 5 MP front shooter. If marketed properly, it could be the next galaxy grand duos for India.

The battery of 3000 mAh and 2600 mAh in J7 and J5 respectively should be able to see you through the day with medium usage.

Head over to flipkart for pre-ordering the phone if you are interested either the J7 or the J5.

Mar 202011
 

Android has been around for quite some years now, and though it was supported mostly by Motorola, it has survived to see the light of 2010. And it did raise itself with a bang I would say, looking at the number of Android based phones launched in the market by various companies in recent past. So much so that Nokia had to dump their plans for MeeGo, the OS they were developing, and looked towards windows to power their future smartphones.

Samsung has not kept itself aloof from the smartphone revolution, and to keep itself in competition, they have embraced Android for their Galaxy line of smartphones. And they have done pretty impressively with the Galaxy series, starting from Galaxy i9000, about a year back, to Galaxy TAB and Galaxy ACE, which were launched very recently.

But ACE is not the only ace they are banking on. Because they have another “ace” under their sleeve, which they introduced to the market at the Mobile World Congress a year back. It was the Wave series of smartphones, powered by BADA(meaning ocean) OS, bada_osan open source Operating System developed in-house by Samsung. When it was introduced a year back, though it looked a decent OS to many, critics and tech geeks were skeptical about the commitment from Samsung towards BADA. Wave s8500 was a very successful phone with its 1GHz processor and the Super AMOLED Screen, which was the USP of the phone. Then they had introduced lots of more wave series phones(cheap and high priced ones) to the market, forcing the competition to enter the competition in terms of pricing and specifications. They held a developers challenge and made good their promise of giving out about 2,700,000$, including a 300,000$ top price, for the top rated applications created for BADA by developers worldwide. And after all this, they announced the BADA 2.0 OS, which is said to be a true Smartphone OS, with real multi-tasking and many other features. With all these developments, the commitment on the part of Samsung towards BADA is unquestionable. Infact, they are believed to be working in the direction of making BADA, a platform independent OS. They want all its smart gadgets to work on BADA in future, starting with televisions. So even though they have an Android device line up, it might be just to stay in he game while BADA is developed fully. It seems that Nokia forget to use this trick when they dumped the development of MeeGo, and the support to Symbian while embracing Windows. It might be some time till Nokia completes a successful product cycle of Windows phones.

And now Samsung has announced that, BADA application download center is reaching the 100 million download mark very soon!! The last count was above 99.8 million. And to celebrate the 100 million mark, they will come out with a very good offer for the Wave phone owners very soon. I just hope to grab the offer on time.

Who would have thought a year back, that BADA would have survived the Android Onslaught!! Long Live BADA!!!

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