South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics is reportedly prepping the launch of two new Galaxy J-series devices in India on July 16th, 2015. The company sent out invitations for the event, to be held in the capital city of New Delhi on the morning of the said date. The invitation from Samsung is a fairly simple one, reading “Samsung India Electronics cordially invites you to the unveiling of the latest stars in the Galaxy series”. While Samsung hasn’t mentioned any device in particular, the tech-media in the country believes that the company will unveil its latest mid-range selfie-focused offerings at the event – the Galaxy J5 and the Galaxy J7. The two devices have already been launched in China for $225 and $290 respectively. The USP of the two smartphones are the front-facing LED flashes which will ostensibly help shoot better-lit selfies.
The company has been trying to clean up its messy nomenclature at the mid and entry-level segments by introducing two new distinct lines for its smartphones, to go with its flagship S-series. As part of that plan, the company has already introduced multiple Galaxy A and Galaxy J-series handsets, and is said to be prepping the launch of more devices as part of these lineups, mostly aimed at emerging markets. It bears mentioning that Samsung had already introduced the entry-level Galaxy J1 in the Indian market a few months back, but the device hasn’t quite gained traction in the face of heavy competition from Lenovo and Xiaomi for the most part.
Coming to what we already know about the two soon-to-be-launched smartphones, both are expected to be mid-range devices, with the Galaxy J5 featuring a 5-inch 720p IPS display panel. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 410 SoC from Qualcomm, which comes with an integrated 64-bit quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz, along with an Adreno 306 GPU. The device will also ship with 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage, which would be expandable by up to 64 GB with a microSD card. The primary camera on the device comes with a 13 megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash, whereas the selfie-cam comes with a 5 megapixel sensor with 120-degree wide-angle lens and an LED flash. The device comes with 4G LTE connectivity and the battery is rated at 2,600 mAh. As for the larger, better-specced and pricier Galaxy J7, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display panel, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipset, which comes with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 405 GPU. The rest of the hardware specs remain almost identical, including the RAM, storage, cameras and connectivity options. The battery however, gets bumped up to a 3,000 mAh unit, on account of the phone’s larger screen.