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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) price, release date, specs and rumors

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First introduced in June 2015, the original Samsung Galaxy J7 led to a J7 (2016) due to its popularity. And now, the next generation has arrived. The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) was recently released on Verizon and Sprint, under different names. Here is an overview of the already released device's specs, as well as a specs leak for a newer version of the 2017 device and leaked images showing its design.

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) price and release date

The new Samsung Galaxy J7 was just released on Verizon on March 23. This 2017 model of the J7 is called the Galaxy J7 V (V for Verizon, obviously). It is selling on Verizon's website for $240 now. Sprint is selling the Galaxy J7 (2017) under the name Galaxy J7 Perx. Other carriers are expected to release the J7 (2017) device, as well.

The new Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is expected to be released this year as well, after its two prior models were so successful, but no official date has been confirmed.

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The new Samsung Galaxy J7 V / © Verizon

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) technical specs

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Specs
Screen size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1280 x 720, 269 ppi
Battery 3,300 mAh LI-ION
Android version Android Nougat 7.0.1
Internal storage 16 GB (expandable)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Weight 5.9 oz
Rear camera 8 MP
Front camera 5 MP

Above are the specs for the Verizon and Sprint versions of the device.

The J7 (2017) keeps the same 5.5-inch screen size as the 2016 and 2015 versions, but it offers Android 7.0.1 Nougat and an octa-core 2.2 GHz processor, improved from the previous generation's 1.6 GHz. It keeps the same 3,300 mAh battery and 2 GB of RAM as the 2016 version, though.

Interestingly, the rear camera of the J7 (2017) has 8 MP - that's a step backward from the 2016 version's 13 MP. The front camera still has 5 MP though.

Rumored Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) with better specs

Specs for a Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) just popped up on the benchmarking website GFXBench, but there's an anomaly. The specs are better than those of the already released Galaxy J7 V (2017). Hopefully, this means that a new variant of the J7 will be made available in some markets, with better specs than those currently available in the US on Verizon and Sprint.

According to this leak, the display remains 5.5 inches, but it has Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080). Also, both the rear and front cameras will have 12 MP and support Full HD video recording. The benchmarking also revealed 2.8 GB of RAM, which is an improvement of almost 1 GB. The processor is Samsung's 1.5 GHz, octa-core Exynos 7870 with a Mali-T830 GPU.

A new Galaxy J5 and J7 specs leak

A new leak from lists the differences between the 2016 and 2017 Galaxy J5 and J7 models. Both devices will feature Android Nougat, a fingerprint scanner, and will go from having a metal frame to a full metal body. In addition to this, their front and rear cameras will now both have 13 MP.

While the J7 and J5 will keep the same screen sizes, 5.5 and 5.2 inches respectively, the upcoming J7 will have FHD resolution. The J5 will get a 1.6 GHz octa-core processor, up from a quad-core 1.2 GHz, but a 100 mAh reduction in battery capacity. The J7, on the other hand, gets an extra 300 mAh.

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Check out the specs above. / ©

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017): front and back shown in leaked renders

Renders of a newer version of the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) have been leaked again, this time by notorious leaker Roland Quandt.

The leaked image resembles that of the previously leaked render of the J5 from WinFuture (below), only this time we can see the back and sides of the J7 as well as the front. The antenna lines on the back have an interesting shape, and the device is shown in four colors: pink, blue, black and gold.

Leaked photos of J5 show new design

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) design, which will mirror the J7, has been leaked in a render posted by WinFuture. A touch more modern and ergonomic, this image shows the J5 with rounder curved corners and some subtle refinements.

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The Galaxy J5 design leak. / © WinFuture

We will update this article as the device becomes available on other carriers, or if we hear more about the version with better specs.

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Brittany loves to keep up with the latest technology and innovation, so she is excited to have the opportunity to write about the wonderful world of Android. She thinks spreadsheets and numbers are fun, in addition to reading books and volunteering.

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  • D. L. 8
    D. L. Nov 19, 2017 Link to comment

    I recently bought a great aftermarket battery for the mom-in-law's Galaxy S4 on lollipop, because the specs are still really great compared to these lesser models. Although, stepping up to octacore and improved screen resolution is a plus now. 2016 models were not that great. Not to mention, they lacked many things in a side by side comparison. She's in her late 80s and it took some time for her to make the switch to Android. After the first 2 weeks, she was near tears, wanting to switch back to her flip phone. But, I talked her into sticking with it, and now, she's even doing voice texting. Loves the Google app, and does pretty well overall.

    The point being, older flagship phones are still pretty good, providing you can change battery. The one I bought was $40 with lifetime warranty. I did my homework, and found that those really cheap batteries (under $10) we're a waste, or a gamble. If they were new, they had already sat on a shelf for too many years at this point, making them way less effective. Anyone interested it where I purchased the aftermarket battery, just respond here.

  • Parvind Chahal 21
    Parvind Chahal Apr 7, 2017 Link to comment

    ram is not good just 2GB

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    Deactivated Account Apr 7, 2017 Link to comment

    seems like its more about making money for Sammy and Verizon.. instead of making a really great value device like the impressively​ specced Moto G5 plus..
    Sammy's heavy software and Verizon bloat and poor updates​ add up over time leading to a less than ideal UX.

  • Shankar Prasad Nandi 18
    Shankar Prasad Nandi Apr 7, 2017 Link to comment

    This is a strategy by Samsung that is neither understandable nor is apparently yielding dividends. Why bring out slightly rehashed versions of popular models every year instead of waiting to release a new model that really either shows us something new or fills a niche gap? Samsung already has way too many models. Perhaps it needs to do something novel apart frim its time-tested method of carpet bombing the market with so many models that customers get more confused than delighted.

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