Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)'s screen is 5.2 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

13+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3100 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 1260 minutes (2G), 1260 minutes (3G), 840 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Samsung's Galaxy J5 (2016) is not perfect, but it is a really good smartphone from the lower mid-range.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck 

Reviews summary

Based on 7 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent battery life
  • Beautiful and vibrant screen
  • Decent performance
  • Removable battery
  • Great build quality

What's bad  

  • Poor camera
  • Cannot handle more recent games
  • Plastic frame looks cheap

Most of Samsung’s smartphones manage to get a lot of good and bad press. The outlier, however, is the Galaxy J5. This budget device received so little attention Samsung’s own PR team had no idea about it. Yet despite the budget price tag and lack of marketing, the J5 is quite a capable smartphone. While at first glance it might look like the S5, upon closer inspection the differences are much more noticeable. The plastic frame does not offer any water protection and many reviewers call the look and feel “tacky” especially after handling the metal frames of the A series. Despite this, they add it’s very well-made with no flex or creaks. The curved sides and slim dimensions also made it easy for them to grip.

The 5-inch display offers a resolution of 1280x720 for a pixel density of 294 pixels per inch. In comparison to many other smartphones on the market, it’s quite low. However, it makes up for it in other areas such as max brightness. More importantly it manages to cover the entire color spectrum, something other budget rivals don’t do. Critics have nothing but praise for the screen calling it “vibrant” and “incredible.” And since it uses Super-AMOLED technology, they had no complaints about the viewing angles or bright light legibility.

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If you’re looking for a very fast phone, it’s best you look elsewhere. The J5 offers a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and only 1.5GB of RAM. As expected, experts noticed some slight hiccups when multi-tasking or playing graphics-intensive games. Still, during basic tasks it ran smoothly with some slight stutters when trying to load image heavy web pages. Battery life is where it excels. Armed with a 2,600mAh battery the J5 managed to provide reviewers with just over 17 hours of life. What’s better, you can replace the battery so you never really have to worry about your phone dying again. Unless you forget to charge the batteries of course.

Perhaps the area where the J5 really shows its budget roots is with the 13MP rear camera. While on paper it sounds like it should take some good pictures, the problem lies in the sensor. Experts found it could not manage different lighting situations often overexposing scenes that had too much light and obscuring details when there was not enough. With that said, when the conditions are just right, they did manage to take some excellent images with high detail and vibrant colors.

Despite the weak camera, experts have no qualms suggesting the J5 to people on a tight budget. IT-Pro states, “It’s an excellent choice for anyone who’s looking for quality on a budget.” Alphr adds, “It’s smooth, stylish, and performs nicely with a bright screen and incredibly battery life.”

Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)

Know Your Mobile

Budget-friendly Android awesomeness

from Know Your Mobile
Really quite an impressive low-cost smartphone with a lot of bang for your buck. Arguably one of the best budget handsets on the market thanks to Samsung's mastery of Super AMOLED display technology and some sterling battery performance, both of which put it ahead of rivals such as the Moto G, while in other areas it's quite comparable with that very capable handset. The trade-off, however, is that the Moto G does get stock Android and timely updates, while Samsung's Galaxy J5 has TouchWiz on-top and requires a bit of extra fettling between software versions... Full review
IT Pro

This budget Galaxy is low in price but high in quality

from IT Pro
The third-gen Moto G just retains its place in our budget smartphone affections thanks to its classier looks and build quality as well as its clean version of Android and waterproofing. Even so, the J5 has a lot going for it and is a very good alternative if you want a better looking screen and a replaceable battery... Full review

Pleasant design, fine display

from PhoneArena
The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) is a smartphone of reasonably good quality. It looks elegant and its screen is fairly pleasant. Its software experience is well-accomplished and its camera can land surprisingly good shots. While the Galaxy J5 (2016) does cover the essentials, it does so with the absolute minimum amount of design flair and hardware power required... Full review

Finds itself out of its league

from GSMArena
In terms of hardware the Galaxy J5 (2016) feels like a pretty minor update. The bigger screen and battery are always a good way to lure customers in, but the chipset is feeling decidedly dated at this point. And the camera certainly can't live up to the promises that its specs make... Full review

Aims to make a higher-quality impression

from Notebookcheck
The metal casing gives a much higher-quality impression and looks more modern than the predecessor's old-fashioned casing. The front-facing camera has been upgraded with a full-fledged LED flash, the working memory and storage device capacities have been increased, a somewhat faster processor and more screen surface are now installed. Old virtues like the AMOLED panel and removable battery have been maintained. Furthermore, the battery life is now much longer... Full review

Solid battery life, strong display for the price

from Recombu
At this price, the Galaxy J5 is a very strong rival for the Moto G and other cut-price handsets. It's a solid all-rounder, offering dependable performance and excellent battery life as well as some brilliant camera tech. We prefer the vanilla Android Marshmallow experience of the Moto G, but Sammy fans will love what the Galaxy J5 has to offer... Full review


Great phone. No screen mirroring. Big let down for me

Great phone. No screen mirroring. Big let down for me


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