Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi5 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi5!

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)  Xiaomi Mi5 
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) Xiaomi Mi5
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Excellence Score
18.5
30.3
Value for Money Score
41.3
50.2
Price ₹ 15,990 onwards ₹ 24,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2016 Apr, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoNo more updates expected Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.15 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 428 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features Super AMOLED Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading Mode, Color Temperature Adjustment, 95% NTSC Color Gamut
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.6 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Exynos 7870Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T720MP2 Adreno 530
RAM 2 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 13.0MP 16.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture Sony IMX298 sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization, 6-Piece Lens, Sapphire Glass Lens Cover, Two-tone Flash, DTI Image Enhancement, 32s Manual Exposure, Qualcomm 2nd-gen Spectra ISP, Low light Enhancement, HDR Adjustments, Panorama, Auto HDR, Burst Mode, Face Recognition
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 4.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Flash, F/1.9 Aperture 2um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 80-degree Wide-angle Lens, Beautify with 36 Smart Beauty Profiles, Large 2-Micron Pixels, Mi Video Call with real-time Beautify, Selfie Countdown, Face Recognition
Internal Memory 16 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.8 mm 7.25 mm
Weight 169 gm 129 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 23.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): Up to 11 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): Up to 14 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): Up to 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: Up to 21 hrs, Audio Playback Time: Up to 96 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features S Bike Mode; NFC; ANT+ Support; KIES air; FM Recording; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Curved 3D Ceramic glass; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built
  • Quite good at heat management - doesn't heat up even when put under a lot of stress
  • Decent camera
  • Great battery life (can easily last over a day)
  • Useful "Ultra Power Saving" mode
  • Excellent build quality
  • Beautiful, premium, stunning design with a curved backing - this phone is a looker
  • Rounded rear makes it comfortable to hold
  • Compact and light-weight - fits snugly in your pocket
  • Good fingerprint scanner
  • Excellent display with good brightness levels, high contrast, and outdoor readability
  • MIUI is one of the better, and neater Android UIs around and has useful customization options
  • Excellent performance with top-of-the-line hardware, that stands up against the very best, including the Galaxy S7 which is at a much higher price point
  • Very good camera performance with instant focus, fast shutter speed, better than expected low-light performance, plenty of resolved detail, high dynamic range, and excellent colors and contrast
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Very good battery life, with fast charging support
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Looks cheap and utilitarian, compared to the much more premium designs of its competitors
  • The dimensions are a tad too big, at least for people with small hands
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Display on the J7 falls short of expectations - colors are a little off, it's a bit on the dim side, and lacks an auto-brightness setting
  • No Gorilla glass protection on the display
  • Also lacks notification LED, gyroscope and a magnetometer or magnetic sensor
  • Overall performance is good, but the phone is still underpowered compared to its top competition
  • Average camera
  • Loudspeaker is not particularly loud, and having it on the back makes it cumbersome still
  • Video recording quality is underwhelming
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