Samsung J-series has always been favored by brand and budget conscious buyers. Recently, Samsung unleashed its Galaxy J7 Max that belongs to the upper echelon of J-series phones and targets consumers who’d prefer Tier-1 branded phone for under 20,000 INR.
This year, Samsung has upped its game and has passed on several flagship experiences to these affordable phones. But can they compete with the increasingly competitive offerings from seemingly countless Chinese manufacturers? Let’s find out in our Samsung Galaxy J7 Max review.
Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy J7 Max:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy J7 Max|
|Display||5.7 inch full HD TFT 2.5D Curved Glass display|
|Processor||64 bit 1.6 GHz Octa core MediaTek Helio P20 processor|
|Camera||13 MP rear and 13 MP front camera|
|Dimension and Weight||N / A|
Design and Build
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max tastefully integrates a 5.7-inch screen. It isn’t compact by any yardstick, but neither is it sprawling clumsily. It’s slim, has all the metallic feel it needs, and also has a 2.5D glass taking care of the Aesthetics from the front.
Samsung has provided with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button, and on the rear, you will find a diffused LED ring dubbed as the ‘Smart Glow’ light. The Smart Glow notification light, that first debuted with Galaxy J2 last year, can glow in custom colors to notify you of different app notifications, but only when your phone is resting on the rear surface facing upwards.
All in all, the Samsung J7 Max looks good, is solidly build and is fairly ergonomic considering the large display size.
Samsung is using a 5.7-inch TFT display panel on the J7 Max. This isn’t the best quality display you can get in this budget, but it isn’t a deal breaker either. In fact, if you are not practiced in judging displays, you might even find it to be perfectly adequate.
After all, it can get very bright (for comfortable outdoor viewing), has reasonable viewing angles and punchy colors. The color temperature and dynamic range, however, seems a bit off.
Camera and Imaging
This is one area where Samsung has upped the ante. The new Galaxy J7 Max performs very well in good lighting. Outdoors or in good lighting, the performance is at par with phones like Moto G5 Plus that are counted amidst best camera phones in this budget.
In low light, camera quality stumbles, but the end result is still acceptable for an under 20,000 INR device. What further helps the camera is the engaging camera software.
The J7 Max brings in the new ‘social camera’ that borrows a few tricks from Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ camera software. You can add live filters and stickers in real time for fun results and can also directly pin apps and contacts (Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) you’d want to share these with on the camera view finder itself. The selfie camera too is a decent performer and adds a few nifty features. It’s also aided by a LED flash for enhanced low-light selfies.
Performance and Software
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is powered by 2.4 GHz 16nm Helio P20 octa-core processor that’s a capable performer. The chipset manages heat well and is also very light on battery. It’s also paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is a dedicated microSD card slot too, which implies you can add secondary storage without compromising on the dual SIM privilege.
The software on the phone is Android Nougat based TouchWiz UI that borrows several features from the new Samsung Experience UI that is running on high-end S-series phones. There is no lag in the interface. Light casual games work fine on the phone, and high-end games are playable.
The fingerprint sensor on the front is fast and accurate. Audio output via headphones and loudspeaker is decent as well. Call quality is excellent in our area.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 3300mAh battery on the phone can comfortably last for one day of moderate to heavy usage. Fast charging isn’t supported though.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is a competitive offering and is a big leap forward for J-series phones. If you are looking for a branded option and like the idea of some extra screen real-estate, the J7 Max is worth considering for under 18,000 INR.
Priced at 17,990, the Galaxy J7 Max might appear a bit expensive, but that’s probably because it’s meant for offline realms. If you are comfortable buying online, you can also go for the Samsung Galaxy On Max and save a few bucks. It’s basically the same phone minus the Smart Glow notification light.