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Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500F

Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500F

Android, 5", Release Year 2015, 13 Megapixels, 146g, 4G LTE, 3G, HSPA, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, 2G, DC-HSPA
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A high-spec, low-cost smartphone with an impressive camera

The Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500F is a great entry-level phone packed with the sorts of features and specs you’d normally associate with a much pricier model. The 13 MP camera and Super AMOLED display make this a surprisingly impressive piece of kit, while its 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor ensures it’s lightning fast, even when running multiple apps.

One of the outstanding elements of the Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500F is the camera quality. 13 MP beats the 12 MP offered by Samsung’s flagship S7 model, and the J5’s extremely light-sensitive lens takes excellent pictures in very low-light environments. Selfie fans will not only appreciate the high quality of the 5 MP front-facing camera, but enjoy enhancing them using the range of clever in-built selfie features. In addition to the very decent camera, buyers of the Galaxy J5 will be taken aback by the excellent 5" screen. The Super AMOLED display shows HD images in brighter colours and deeper contrast than you’d expect, with impressive colour expression and an HD 1080p video recording function.

The Galaxy J5 comes preinstalled with 8 GB of internal memory, which isn’t much these days, but it’s expandable to a massive 128 GB via MicroSD card. Its 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor makes navigating your phone’s Android OS a speedy process. The same goes for surfing the net in 4G, while any general multitasking is fast and painless. The phone’s battery life is remarkably good, aided by a smart Ultra Data Saving feature - background data usage is restricted and data compressed to give a cost-efficient 4G experience, while standby time is said to be doubled. With a removable battery it’s also possible to stockpile spares, just in case.

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy J5 SM-J500F is available in gold, white or black, and although the back of the phone is plastic, the glass front has a surprisingly top-quality feel to it. The low UK prices for this phone suggest it’s an entry-level model, but this powerful little handset really punches above its weight.

Product
Product nameGalaxy J5 SM-J500F
Product properties
Operating System
Android
Android Version
5.0 - 5.1.1 Lollipop
Release Year2015
Senior PhoneNo
GPSYes
GPS TypeGPS
Positioning SystemGLONASS
Headphone Jack3.5mm, 2,5mm
SAR-Value
0.7 W/kg
Touch ScreenYes
Type of Touch TechnologyCapacitive
Simultaneous Touch Points3+ Multi-Touch
Active DigitizerNo
USBYes
USB-TypeMicro-USB
USB Version2.0
USB On-The-GoYes
Video OutputNo
File FormatseAAC+, MP4, MP3, H.263, H.264, WAV
Dual-SIMNo
Triple-SIMNo
SIM SlotsSingle SIM
SIM TypeMicro
FeaturesGyroscope/Accelerometer, Proximity Scanner, FM Radio
Internal
RAM
1.5 GB, 2 GB
Processor Speed1.2 GHz
Processor Cores
Quad Core
System on Chip (SoC)Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
ProcessorARM Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 306
Camera
Built-in CameraYes
Front CameraYes
Number of Cameras2
MegaPixels
13.0 Megapixels
Megapixels Front Camera5.0 Megapixels
Max Frames Per Second
30 fps
Flash/LightYes
Auto FocusYes
Maximum Resolution (Pictures)4128x3096
Maximum Resolution (Video)
1080p
Optical Image StabilizationNo
Sensor Format1/3"
Integrated GeotaggingYes
Wireless
Communication StandardsBluetooth, DC-HSPA, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, DC-HSPA
Bluetooth ProfileA2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Version4.0
Wireless Networking Standards802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11g
4G Speed (Mbit/s)150/50
HSDPA Download Speed21 Mbps
HSUPA Upload Speed5.76 Mbps
Design
ColourGold, White, Black
Material (Body)Plastic
Water ResistantNo
Water ProofNo
Shock ResistantNo
Scratch Resistant DisplayNo
Physical KeyboardNo
Home ButtonHardware Button
DesignRegular
Display
Screen Size
5.0 "
Screen Resolution720x1280
Pixel Density (PPI)294
Display TypeOLED
Number of Colours16 777 216
Secondary ScreenNo
Storage
Internal Memory Size
8 GB, 16 GB
Memory Card ReaderYes
Memory Card IncludedNo
Max. Memory Card Size128GB
Memory Card TypemicroSDHC, microSDXC, microSDHC
Power source
Battery
Li-Ion
Battery Capacity (mAh)2600
Exchangeable BatteryYes
Standby Time (2G)236.0 h
Talk Time (2G)7.0 h
Surf Time (3G)9.0 h
Talk Time (3G)18.0 h
Surf Time (4G)9.0 h
Measures
Height142.0 mm
Width71.0 mm
Depth8.0 mm
Weight146.0 g