The addition of Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (first impression) to J Series has added a new dimension to this budget range. With this device, Samsung is hoping to woo youngsters who guzzle multimedia content on their smartphones and are perpetually engaged on Social Media. But does Galaxy J7 Max manages to deliver on such promises? Let’s try and answer most of these challenging questions and other user related queries in details.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Specifications

Model Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
Display 5.7-Inch, Full HD, IPS LCD display, 2.5D Glass
Processor  1.6GHz 16nm process based Mediatek Helio P20 octa-core
RAM 4GB
Internal Storage 32GB,expandable up to 128GB, Dedicated slot
Software Android Nougat
Primary Camera 13MP rear camera, PDAF, f/1.7 aperture, dual tone LED flash
Secondary Camera 13MP selfie camera, f/1.9 aperture
Dimensions
Battery 3,300 mAh
Others 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, USB OTG, Samsung Pay Mini
Price  Rs. 17,900

Question: How is the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max design?

Answer: TGalaxy J7 Max and the J7 Pro are the most premium looking J-series smartphones from Samsung. The J7 Max has plastic side frames which extend to form the top and bottom trimming that flank the metal back plate. To make the phone more appealing, Samsung has added a cosmetic element or the smart glow light that encircles the primary camera module.

On the front, there is the customary yet appealing 2.5D glass. The bezel surrounding screen are slim. Just beneath it is a big physical home button embedded fingerprint sensor along with multitasking button and back key. Volume up and down button sit on left edge while the mono speaker and power button are placed on right edge. USB Type-C port, primary mic, and 3.5mm port sit at the button.

The edges on the sides are rounded which ensures handy grip. The weight has been proportionately distributed. However, its tall outfit makes it harder to operate single-handedly.

Question: How is the build quality of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: Samsung has done well at least in terms of build quality. The phone feels solid in hand. Despite its big size, it doesn’t bulge and there is no creaking sound. We are yet to drop it, but it certainly feels assuring enough to survive minor drops. Having said that, we always urge our readers to invest in a good quality case to protect their investment.

Question: Are the capacitive keys on Samsung Galaxy J7 Max backlit?

Answer: No, they are not. Samsung has coated them with silver color which is fine for daytime but isn’t as useful in the dark.

Question: How is the display of Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: Samsung, in the Galaxy J7 Max, has placed a 5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch display. It comes with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution with 386 PPI pixel density. It is a good display but lacks the punch of an SAMOLED screen. It is sharp, vibrant and reasonably well calibrated considering its price. It doesn’t come with a blue tint that we generally see on cheap displays, but whites lean towards cold temperature.

You can’t manually adjust display colors and there is no Blue light filter either.

Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max has the option for automatic brightness?

Answer: Yes, Samsung offers an automatic brightness option. The outdoor visibility of the phone is decent but isn’t smaller.

Question: Does the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max display has Gorilla glass protection?

Answer: Well, not sure about the Gorilla Glass, but it certainly has some sort of scratch resistant.

Performance and Storage

Question: How much internal storage space is free on Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: Out of 32GB onboard storage, a user gets about 21GB free for usage.

Question: How much RAM is free on Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: At the time of first boot, about 2GB out of 3GB memory is available.

Question: Does Samsung Galaxy J7 Max support microSD card? 

Answer: Yes, it comes with a dedicated microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

Question: Does Samsung Galaxy J7 Max support USB OTG?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Does Samsung Galaxy J7 Max has a fingerprint sensor?

Answer: Yes, it comes with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button.

Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: During out time with the Galaxy J7 Max, we faced no issues with its day-to-day performance. There were no freezing issues. It comes with 4GB RAM which helps in multi-tasking. The MediaTek P20 chipset manages to sail through most tasks. It managed to handle games, even heavy ones, reasonably well. There were occasional frame drops, though. The J7 Max isn’t designed for heavy gamers but should meet the requirements of casual gamers.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Benchmark Scores

  • AnTuTu: 40527
  • Geekbench Single core: 865
  • Geekbench Multi-core: 3372
  • Quadrant Standard: 19043

Question: Does Samsung Galaxy J7 Max has heating issues?

Answer: The phone runs cool most of the times. There are no heating issues that you need to be worried about.

Question: Does Samsung Galaxy J7 Max support Google cardboard and other VR Apps?

Answer: Yes. It does support Google Cardboard.

Camera

Question: How is the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max camera quality?

Answer:  The Galaxy J7 Max camera really shines during the outdoor shots which good natural lighting. In such ideal conditions, it can challenge the likes of Moto G5 Plus, which is considered as best smartphone camera in the budget under 20,000 INR. However, the image quality takes a hit while shooting indoors in not-so-perfect lighting. In low light, at times, it takes a few seconds extra to focus, and process the image. Selfie camera also works well and is armed with beautification filters. Overall, it decent budget camera phone.

Also Read: Top 5 Smartphones Under Rs. 10,000 In India (May 2017)

Camera Samples

Question: How well does the HDR Mode and Pro Mode work on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max camera?

Answer: The Galaxy J7 Max camera’s Pro mode, let you fiddle around with ISO, white balance, and metering only. It is basically for those who have an understanding of photography matrix.

Yes, the HDR mode is present in the phone. This feature can be accessed from modes menu which comes up on the screen when you swipe left to right on the viewfinder.

Question: Can the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max shoot 4K videos?

Answer: Not really.

Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: At least not from default camera app.

Question: Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Social Camera what is it? 

Answer: Samsung has added a Social mode in its default camera app, which facilitates instant sharing of clicked images directly from within the camera app. In this mode, a user can pin social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and even Whatsapp contact which in the camera viewfinder. Once you click an image, you can instantly post on your favorite social media account.

It also features beautification filters and sticker that can be added in real time. An AR mode is also present that can recognize your surroundings, but you won’t be using it very often.

Software

Question: How is the software on the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: Samsung has put in some work in the UI/UX of its software part which you can notice from the word go. If you compare it with last year’s J series, you will find it is completely redefined. It takes inspiration from Samsung S8/S8+ Experience UI. Having said that, Samsung has retained India specific features such as S-bike mode, S-power, and even borrowed gimmicky Smart Glow-light from last year’s J2.

Question: Does the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max support Gestures?

Answer: Nope.

Question: Does the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max support double tap to wake feature?

Answer: Nope.

Question: Will Samsung Galaxy J7 Max get Android Nougat or Android O update?

Answer: It comes out of the box running on Android 7.0 Nougat based TouchWiz UI. Traditionally, Samsung hasn’t confirmed or denied its future update plans.

Miscellaneous

Question: What kind of SIM cards does Samsung Galaxy J7 Max support?

Answer: The Galaxy J7 Max supports dual nano SIM cards with stand-by abilities.

Question: What’s the use of Galaxy J7 Max Smart Glow light?

Answer: Samsung has borrowed Smart Glow notification light from its last year’s Galaxy J2. It is surrounding rear camera glows each time you receive a notification. It can be customized for priority alerts and usage alerts from the pri-installed app. It also works as a selfie assistant when someone tries to capture selfie portrait using the primary camera.

Also Read: Exploring Samsung’s Smart Glow Notification Light

Question: Does Galaxy J7 Max have an IR Remote?

Answer: Nope.

Question: What comes inside the Galaxy J7 Max box?

Answer: Like most Samsung phones, its box contains includes a handset, instruction manual, charger, data cable, earphones and SIM ejector tool.

Question: How is the call quality on Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: Well, so far he hasn’t noticed undesirable issues with calling in this phone.

Question: Does Samsung Galaxy J7 Max support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE?

Answer: Yes, it supports Jio sim cards, VoLTE and ViLTE.

Question: How is the Battery backup on Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: Well, the 3300mAh battery is good enough to last a day of moderate to heavy users. However, if you are a heavy user, you might find yourself plugging your phones to a charger at the end of the day.

Question: Does Galaxy J7 Max supports Samsung Pay?

Answer: With Galaxy J7 Max, Samsung has officially launched Samsung Pay Mini in India. It is toned down version of the original Samsung Pay app as it only supports online payment method i.e UPI (universal payment interface) and PayTM.

Also Read: Samsung Pay Mini Arrives In India: All That You Should Know

Question: Does Samsung Galaxy J7 Max support fast charging?

Answer: Nope.

Question: What are the sensors present on Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, and compass.

Also Read: OnePlus 5 Manipulating Benchmarks To Obtain Higher Scores, Says XDA

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Samsung Galaxy J7 Max?

Answer: Loudspeaker loudness and quality is average. Nothing to write home about here.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is a valuable addition to J-series and can fulfill the requirement of those who are looking for a multimedia-focused device from a familiar brand. It offers well-optimized software, decent hardware, and an engaging camera. A moderate user will be satisfied which his buying decision.

Pros

  • Solid built
  • decent display
  • Well optimized software
  • Engaging camera

Cons

  • No fast charging
  • Average loudspeaker

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