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23 mayo, 2021

Samsung is one of the brands that offers a more complete and varied catalog of Android smartphones. Usually it is the high-end ones that get all the attention, but the The middle and entry ranges are the main responsible for the South Korean firm continuing in the first place from phone manufacturers. Right in this segment is the main terminal of this analysis: the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016.

Samsung’s J series is characterized by betting on simple components with some premium touch as is the case with Super AMOLED screens or metallic touches in their design, all at affordable prices. The Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 is placed in an intermediate position within the range, we tell you everything it offers.

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Samsung Galaxy J5 2016, specifications

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016

A few years ago Samsung began to reorganize its catalog into different series with letters and the Samsung Galaxy J focus on the most basic range. The Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 is the second generation of this device and brings some improvements over the first version, although it still maintains the same simple spirit with a certain premium touch.



145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm and 159 gr


5.2-inch Super AMOLED HD resolution 1,280 x 720 pixels 282 dpi


Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core 1.2 Ghz GPU Adreno 306


16 GB + MicroSD up to 256 GB


2 GB


Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow + Touchwiz UI


Rear: 13 MP, f / 1.9 lens, AF, LED flash, FullHD videos Front: 5 MP, f / 1.9 lens


4G LTE, Dual SIM, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS / Glonass, FM radio, NFC, minijack, MicroUSB


3,100 mAh


228 euros

As we have already advanced, the presence of Super AMOLED technology is one of the key points of the J series. In this case, Samsung rises from the 5 inches of the first model to 5.2 inch although, yes, it makes it clear that we are facing a simple team maintaining the HD resolution.

For cameras, Samsung offers a 13 megapixel rear sensor, while the front camera stays at 5 megapixels, both have a lens of aperture f / 1.9 and LED flash.

If we raise the hood we find the same processor: a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410. As for memory, we are talking about 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory expandable with MicroSD. There is also space for a 3,100 mAh battery and dual SIM slot, both compatible with LTE. All governed by Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and the usual interface of the brand: Samsung Touchwiz.

Design: the same formula with a touch of metal

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016

Create a recognizable brand image It is a subject that Samsung is very aware of and closely follows its design manual with all the smartphones in its catalog. Although there are variations in materials or size, they do not heat up the head too much and tend to respect a series of key elements that make us know at first glance that we are dealing with a Samsung device, whether it is a high-end device or, in this case, a terminal. more easy.

No surprises in design. The Galaxy J5 2016 does not go off the script and follows the Samsung style manual at heart

The Samsung Galaxy J5 respects the front shape that we already know from practically all the recent catalog of the brand, with that physical button occupying the bottom central, flanked on the sides by capacitive recent and back buttons.

At the top of the screen, space has been left for the Samsung logo, the earpiece, the proximity sensor and the front camera, which in this case is accompanied by an LED flash.

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016

If we turn it around, we have a déjà vu again. The camera maintains its usual central position with that square shape with rounded corners and in this case it is accompanied by two elements, one on each side; It’s about the speaker and the LED flash.

It also respects the location of the physical buttons on the side, with the power / sleep key on the right and the volume controls on the left side. Note that all of them are easily accessible and offer a good touch.

Speaking of sides, it is time to mention the materials, which as I said are an aspect to highlight within this range. Traditionally, the mid-range and low-end terminals have plastic designs with the removable back, but premium fashion has also penetrated the basic ranges and this Galaxy J5 2016 does so with the metal profile that surrounds the device.

The metal is an aesthetic improvement and not so much of resistance, since its housing is still plastic and is removable, although it gives it a more elegant touch

The presence of metal is rather anecdotal since it does not contribute much in terms of resistance, but it is true that it gives it an elegant touch. In addition, its shape is slightly chamfered and grip is comfortable, without edges that dig into the hand. At this point it should also be noted that the device has a relatively restrained size and its weight of 159 grams, without being the lightest on the market, feels balanced in the hand.

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 Interior

The back cover has a slightly metallic finish in the gold version, although it is made of plastic. In addition, this piece is removable and when removing it allows us to access the battery and the SIM and MicroSD trays. At this point it should be noted that, while the MicroSD can be inserted or extracted without problem, to change SIM you need to remove the battery.

In terms of functionality, the design of the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 approves as it is comfortable in daily handling, both in dimensions and weight as well as in the arrangement of the different buttons. However, if we focus on the most visual section, it leaves a feeling of indifference.

The integration of a metal frame is undoubtedly a point in its favor that greatly improves the design with respect to the previous model, but this desire to bet the same formula is somewhat repetitive; something that on the other hand is understandable in an entry-level device in which too much innovation should not be expected.

Screen: Super AMOLED as an excuse

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Until not long ago, Super AMOLED screens were almost exclusive to Samsung’s most advanced models but, as we anticipated in the entry, Samsung is also bringing this technology to simpler equipment such as the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016.

Although it is a second generation, the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 is still a basic mobile and its HD resolution falls a bit short on a panel that measures 5.2 inches diagonally. All in all, we are talking about a density of 282 dpi, a figure that translates into a sharpness more than acceptable to the naked eye. In addition, the Super AMOLED system provides more contrast with very deep black tones and a color that, although it tends to saturation, enhances the images achieving a more striking and defined result.

The brightness on the screen of the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 is enough and it also has the ‘outdoor mode’ that raises the maximum level a bit for those situations in which the sun’s reflections play a trick on us.

Super AMOLED technology enhances the contrast and definition of this HD panel, but loses points due to the lack of an automatic brightness system

However, here you have to give it a slap on the wrist since the Galaxy J5 2016 does not include an automatic brightness system that regulates the intensity for us. In addition to being a hassle in the face of daily handling since we have to constantly modify itIt is also a problem of autonomy. With the automatic brightness, the panel spends the necessary energy in each situation, but without it it is very likely that we will raise it to the maximum when going out and not regulate it right away, with the consequent increase in consumption.

Currently practically any mobile, no matter how simple, has an ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness of the screen. In this sense, although the integration of Super AMOLED technology is a point in its favor and brings it closer to more advanced equipment, it is no excuse for the absence of an automatic brightness system.

Going back to size, the panel measures 5.2 inches diagonally and is quite a large surface so that we can see the content clearly and navigate the interface with ease. However, here you also have to take into account the size ratio with respect to the front and if it is well used.





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5.2 inches HD 1,280 x 720 pixels 282 dpi

5 inches HD 1,280 x 720 pixels 294 dpi

5.2 inches HD 1,280 x 720 pixels 282 dpi

5.2 inches HD 1,280 x 720 pixels 282 dpi

5.3 inches HD 1,280 x 720 pixels 277 dpi


145.8 x 72.3 x 8.1 mm

142.1 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm

149.5 x 73.7 x 8.6 mm

147.3 x 72.8 x 8.2 mm

146 x 74.8 x 8.8 mm







As we see in the table, the body / screen ratio in computers with a configuration of the same type is in a fairly similar range, but the Galaxy J5 2016 is among those that make the best use of it with 70.7%. The side frames are not too wide, making the overall size of the device quite tight.

But the most interesting detail is to compare it with the previous model, which, as I said before, has a 5-inch screen. Here it is observed that, despite having increased by 0.2 inches, the overall size has hardly been affected and the difference in height and width is only a few tenths of a millimeter.

Improved performance, improved autonomy

Samsung Galaxy J5 2016

If we take a look at the technical profile of the Samsung Galaxy J5 2016, its configuration already indicates that we are facing a modest device that is not designed for the most demanding users. In fact, it is one of the most disappointing points of the device, not because of its performance, which is up to expectations, but because assemble a chip from last year that already came with the model of the previous generation.

The culprit is the Snapdragon 410, a quad-core chip with Cortex A53 architecture that runs at 1.2Ghz. As I said, it is designed for teams that, like the Galaxy J5 2016, are included in lower ranges, for this reason it is not surprising that the benchmark tests show low figures that for example in the case of AnTuTu place it in 37th place in the ranking.





Single-core: 516 Multi-core: 1,304 Compute: 735


Internet Browser: 2,102 Metal: 989 Multicore: 1,097


Work 2.0: 2,905 Computer Vision: 1,660


Ice Storm Extreme: 2,619 Ice Storm Unlimited: 4,343