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Meet Samsung Galaxy J7 Core, Affordable Speed In Style?

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Few days back, Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy J7 Core for the Philippine market, the most affordable among the Galaxy J7 family in the country.
Meet Samsung Galaxy J7 Core
Meet Samsung Galaxy J7 Core

Related: Samsung Galaxy J7 Core Unboxing And First Impressions

What made it special? At just PHP 9,990, this is the most affordable Samsung device to load with the company's midrange grade Exynos 7870 processor w/ Mali T830 GPU built under the 14nm process.

That's the same speedy enough and power efficient chipset found on the likes of the higher-end Galaxy J7 Prime and Galaxy J7 Pro.

As a result, Samsung is marketing this handset as the affordable Samsung phone with great speed.

Let's check it out!

Meet Samsung Galaxy J7 Core

Back cover removed
Back cover removed

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Core arrived with a metallic looking polycarbonate body with textured removable back cover for better grip and hold. It has an LED flash, protruding main camera, and speaker grill. 
After opening the cover behind, you'll find the removable battery, dedicated micro SD card slot, and dual SIM slots.
Mic, micro USB port, and standard 3.5 mm headphone jack slot below
Mic, micro USB port, and standard 3.5 mm headphone jack slot below
Volume rocker left
Volume rocker left
Power button right
Power button right

In front, it has a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED screen at 267 pixels per inch. It has average sharpness, but the colors are well saturated, has proper contrast, and very deep blacks as expected.

The pretty fast processor of Samsung is coupled with just enough 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable storage. But, compared with competition, 2 GB RAM is small against the 3 GB RAM standard under PHP 10K today.


It has 3,000 mAh of battery to keep the lights on. Based on our experience, smartphones running on this chipset can last for an entire work day on a single charge.
Lowlight ready main camera?
Lowlight ready main camera?

Camera-wise, Samsung highlights a "lowlight ready" 13 MP f/1.9 main camera w/ autofocus and single LED flash.
Decent quality with proper colors
Decent quality with proper colors

Initially, it shoots images with good details and warm colors with nice dynamic range.
5 MP w/ flash in front!
5 MP w/ flash in front!

For selfies, it has a 5 MP f/2.2 camera in front. It is paired with an LED flash for selfies in the dark.

Wide enough selfie?
Wide enough selfie?

The rest of the features

It has WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, A GPS, GLONASS, and dual SIM slots. For sensors, it only has accelerometer, proximity, and sound. Gyroscope and light sensors are missing unfortunately.

Anyway, the other aspect of this phone that we like is it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system w/ TouchWiz UI. The UI it has reminds us of the Samsung Experience revamped skin like the Galaxy S8 series.

Then like what we mentioned before it also has 
specialized game launcher to avoid alerts during game time and screenshot or record your gameplay and the usual Samsung circle of privileges.

What's missing? There's no fingerprint scanner for added personalized security.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Core Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch HD Super AMOLED 1280 x 720 resolution w/ Gorilla Glass protection at 267 ppi
CPU: 1.6 GHz 64 Bit Exynos 7870 octa core processor
GPU: Mali T830
RAM: 2 GB
ROM: 16 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 256 GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 13 MP f/1.9 w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP f/2.2 w/ LED flash
Battery: 3,000 mAh
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat w/ TouchWiz UI
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, A GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (micro)
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, sound
Others: Colors: gold, black
Dimensions: 152.4 x 78.6 x 7.6 mm
Weight: 170 g
Price: PHP 9,990

For PHP 9,990, this is a pretty good deal for solid Samsung fans in need of a speedy phone for less.

Stay tuned for our full review.
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