The Indian handset market has been revolutionised by brands like Xiaomi and Asus with LeEco joining them recently. These brands have been launching smartphones that have completely revolutionised not only the budget segment but the whole Indian handset market. These brands have forced big league brands to revisit their strategies and come up with new devices to counter the competition. One of these brands was Samsung that has never been known for its budget smartphones. However, recent times saw the handset maker come up with new series of handsets like Galaxy A and Galaxy J. Now, the brand is launching 2016 variant of its successful Galaxy J series devices and Galaxy J7 2016 is one of the first to come out. Here is how the handset fairs against the Redmi Note 3, which is the strongest contender in this price segment.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 vs Galaxy J7 (2016)
Design and build quality
When it comes to the design and build quality of these handsets, both look quite pleasing to eyes at first glance. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is one of the first smartphones under INR 10,000 that offered all metal unibody design, which looked flawless with matte finish and solid build quality. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) boasts of metal chassis albeit with a flimsy plastic back panel. While the Galaxy J7 (2016) does look quite appealing, the flimsy back panel of the handset does not inspire confidence.
Xiaomi has always been known for its cameras and display quality so it comes as no surprise that Redmi Note 3 comes with a 5.5-inch display. This display has been equipped with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for a sharpness and accurate color reproduction. Moreover, the IPS LCD display panel ensures a good visibility and viewing angle. Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) on the other hand comes with same size display but with lower display resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Samsung has equipped the handset with its own Super AMOLED display that ensures a good color reproduction and vivid blacks for a great viewing experience.
On the specifications front, Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) shines through with its powerful Octa-core processor that has been clocked at 1.6 GHz. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 boasts of a slightly slower 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 650 processor. Both handsets comes with 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal storage and microSD card support up to 128 GB. Another aspect in which Galaxy J7 shines through is that it comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system, whereas, Redmi Note 3 has Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.
Xiaomi handsets have always been known for their cameras as well as image production and with Redmi Note 3, they have managed to hit it out of the park. The Redmi Note 3 has been equipped with a massive 16 Megapixels snapper that happens to feature on the flagship device from Samsung. The Galaxy J7 (2016) on the other hand features a 13 Megapixels snapper on its rear panel. On the front panel, both these handsets feature 5 Megapixels snapper.
This is one aspect of the handset that is always taken into consideration by an average Android users before buying a smartphone. Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) comes with a good 3300 mAh battery that cam easily last a whole day. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 on the other hand boasts of a massive 4050 mAh battery that can lasts a day and half on moderate usage.
Pitting both smartphones against each other, they have their own shortcomings and advantages. Price of the both the devices is another decisive ground for making final purchase. Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) price is slightly higher than Redmi Note 3 (3GB). However, if you are looking for a handset with a solid build quality, powerful camera and a good user experience, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a step ahead of Galaxy J7 (2016).