The latest Samsung smartphone to enter the Indian market is the Galaxy J7 Max. Touted as a budget smartphone, this is priced at just Rs.17900.
The Galaxy J7 Max sports a 5.7 inch glass and metal look and there are no visible antenna lines on the rear or the edge of the phone. But to me, the squarish corners did give the phone an average look. You’ll find the power button on the right with the speaker grills just above it. The volume buttons are on the left edge along with the hybrid SIM tray. Also there is a separate slot for the memory card.
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is powered by a MediaTek octacore processor which has a clock rate of 1.6 GHz. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage expandable through a microSD card up to 256 GB. On the software end, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max features the latest version of android— Android Nougat. With the influx of Android Marshmallow on most of the budget devices this year, this move is more than welcome. Lastly, the Galaxy J7 Max is protected by Samsung’s very own Knox which provides chip-level encryption.
The primary camera is a 13megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.7 while the secondary camera is also a 13-megapixel camera with an aperture of f 1.9. Moving on to the video, the camera can record FHD videos at 30FPS. However, the lack of both the EIS and OIS stabilization, results in shaky videos. So you might want to use a tripod in case you want to record videos.
The Galaxy J7 Max is powered by a 3300mAh non-removable battery, built to last an entire day or more. Even after a full day usage, there will be at the least 35% battery charge remaining. But what’s disappointing is that the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max supports neither Quick Charge nor Fast Charge. So you’ll take around 2.5-3 hours to charge to its full capacity.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is a decent phone with a brilliant battery life, new software version and an HD camera with a reasonable set of features. It’s the design that is a bit too common.
But for a phone priced at Rs17900, it’s a bit too pricey given the strong competition in the Indian market. If design is not much of an issue for you, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is a decent try.