Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo is a new smartphone from Samsung that will be available soon in India. It has a very nice design with a dual rear camera. It looks a bit like a cheap Samsung Galaxy A8! But the A8 2018 had no dual rear camera like this new J7 Duo.
Also this new J7 Duo comes with a home button and two capacitive touch buttons on each side. Just as Samsung’s older phones used to have. So the fingerprint sensor is located on front in home button.
Main specs: 5.5 inch Display, 3000mAh Battery, 1.6GHz clocked Octa-core processor, Exynos 7885 Chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32GB Internal storage, 256GB expandable memory option, 13MP + 5MP dual rear camera, Android 8.0 Oreo, 8MP Front camera, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.0 and 4G support!
In terms of thickness Galaxy J7 Duo is fairly slim as well with 8.2mm thickness. The weight is 174 grams. I really hope that this phone will cost below 200 dollars since that will be very competitive price-range! It seems like it’s only available for now in a Black colour edition.
I would love Samsung to see them make a phone like Galaxy J7 Duo but with a 4.5 inch Display. It’s very rare we see that size in times like this. Everyone just wants to do stuff bigger all the time. Another thing that would be cool is if Samsung brought the Stylus to their low range devices. So more people could experience it. Since it truly adds something unique to the phone experience that others skip out on.
Samsung’s high end and mid range devices are starting to become pretty expensive. Samsung wants to move their prices up just like Apple does. Maybe in the future smartphones may start to cost around 1500 dollars for a high end phone. Especially if they find a way to implement VR gaming potential with a phone. With HTC Vive graphics! But that is still a few years until we would see.
Today I want to compare Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Huawei P20 Pro. Both these two phone brands are my favourites. The first thing that is different in terms of design perspective is that the P20 Pro comes with an iPhone X notch at the top. Something many people dislike. This is a notch that many Android phone companies have started to copy and we may see an LG phone and OnePlus phone also come with a notch.
An interesting difference here is how the S9 comes with new Bluetooth 5.0 while the P20 Pro only has 4.2. This may be important to know if you listen to wireless sound with Bluetooth earphones since 5.0 has some nice improvements in technology.
Another major difference is P20 Pro comes with 4000mAh battery and S9 with only 3000mAh! This is something Samsung has been struggling with as of late. After the Note 7 fiasco with battery issues it feels like they are going the safe path by giving you less mAh just to be on the safe side. But people want a lot of mAh so their phone last a very long time.
A nice thing with the Galaxy S9 is how it gives you microSD card option to expand memory all the way up to 400GB. The Huawei phone has no option to expand memory.
A big difference between these two phones is how the Huawei phone comes with a triple camera on rear side. This is something that we have never seen in the past. 2017 was the big year for dual rear cameras. Perhaps 2018 will be the year of triple real cameras.
The secondary camera on Huawei P20 Pro comes with 24MP sensor while the S9 only has 8MP secondary camera. A bad thing with P20 is how it has no 3.5mm audio jack. The S9 comes with an earphone jack! Great for people that listen to stuff with wired earphones.
It seems like the Galaxy S9 gives you some extra screen protection with Gorilla Glass 5. My Huawei Mate 9 it’s screen broke very easy when I accidentally dropped it. So it seems like Huawei phones got lots of stuff to work on to make them stronger in the future.
In terms of display size it’s a bit bigger on the P20 Pro with 6.1” display the Galaxy S9 comes with 5.8” display. And S9 is then also a little bit lighter to hold in the hand. But many people would prefer a little bit heavier phone to get that premium phone feel experience. Both these phones have water resistance. But the Huawei phones is a bit slimmer which is a big deal for many.
Another problem with the Samsung phone is that the fingerprint sensor is still located too close to the rear camera. This has been a big problem on the Galaxy S8. It also has a design that isn’t rounded so it feels too small. Both the phones run latest Android 8.0 Oreo OS. And they both have Octa-core processor and very similar GPUs so gaming performance should be very identical.
To summarise: It mostly comes down to what brand you are most comfortable with using. And what design you prefer the most since the specs is very high end on both devices. Many Apple users will probably think you are an iPhone X fanboy if you buy the Huawei P20 Pro.
I wish both of these phones came with a built in stylus like Galaxy Note 8. Samsung has also a very useful Always-on-display that is super useful. Not sure if the Huawei phone comes with that. Could also be good to know that the P20 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM and Galaxy S9 only with 4GB.
It also seems like the P20 Pro phone has a home button at the bottom. It seems to be a real hardware button. Something that many people enjoy to have on front. Especially in these days when more companies are removing that feature.
The price is around the same for these two phones. Huawei is the new Apple I feel since they are very hungry and making gains fast in the phone world. And they produce quality phones compare to boring HTC, Sony and LG!
Today I did a benchmark comparison. I picked the brand new Samsung Galaxy A8 and the older flagship Samsung Galaxy S7 device. These phones are pretty similar in terms of specs.
The main key thing that is different in terms of build here is how the Galaxy S7 comes with a hardware button at the front and is a bit more rounded in design. The Galaxy S7 was a nice upgrade from the S6 because it brought back the water resistance that we first saw in Galaxy S5!
The new A8 here is also a good upgrade compared to the edition we saw a few years ago. Samsung is putting glass on their mid-range devices. Something they didn’t do a couple of years ago. It adds even more exclusive feeling but it also raise the price on their mid-range lineup.
Both of these two phones comes with an Exynos processor and Mali GPUs but different editions. The new Galaxy A8 also comes with Bluetooth 5.0 so should have better wireless audio. Another different thing is how the fingerprint sensor is located at the rear side on Galaxy A8!
The screen is also a bit bigger on A8 because people still want bigger display phones. But we are probably hitting the limit soon for how big screens could go. Both of these two phones have the same mAh in battery size. The Galaxy S7 is a little bit slimmer in terms of thickness. The A8 is around 20 grams heavier in weight.
I will probably do more videos like this where I use the jwplayer on my own website instead of uploading the video to YouTube. Since I have more control over my content on my phoneinf website. And it feels much better to have that extra freedom!
Bluboo D5 Pro is a new cheap smartphone that comes with a unique design. I haven’t seen a unique design like this in the past.
Main specs: 5.5 inch Display, IPS screen type, 500 Light, 1280×640 pixels, Android 7.0 Nougat, MTK6737 Chipset, Quad-core clocked at 1.3GHz, ARM Mali T860 MP2 GPU clocked at 650MHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB Internal storage and support for 256GB external MicroSD card!
Bluboo D5 Pro is a cheap phone that even comes with support for 4G connectivity. The three colours you could get this device in is Black, Blue and Red. It also has support for Dual SIM Dual Standby support.
The front camera has 5.0MP camera and the back camera is 8.0MP. The rear lens comes with Dual Rear Flash LED Light. I find it a little boring that the Bluetooth version is only 4.0 but I understand it because this phone is so cheap.
Other nice things is that it has a fingerprint sensor and even a charging indicator. The battery is having 2700mAh! Which is not that impressive for a phone at this price range. The thickness of the phone is 8.8mm.
Another boring can be that now we have Android 8.1 Oreo but this phone only comes with Android 7.0 Nougat. The front screen goes all the way to the top but leaves a bit of dead space at the bottom. It still makes the device at the top almost look like an iPhone X!
Another good thing with Bluboo D5 Pro is that it comes with a metal frame which makes it look very sleek and exclusive. The sides of the phones are rounded just like on the iPhone 8! This phone comes with many interesting colour combinations that has Gold as main colour. Sadly it also seems like it lacks USB Type C connector and only comes with support to the old MicroUSB cable.
CUBOT X18 Plus is a nice upgrade from the standard X18 that I talked about a few months ago. This one comes with improved specs!
Main features: 5.99 inch Display, 2160×1080 pixels screen, MTK6750T Chipset, 1.5GHz processor which is Octa-core, Android 8.0 Oreo, 4GB of RAM, 64GB Internal storage, 8.0MP front camera, 0.3MP + 16.0MP dual rear camera and Dual SIM Card Dual Standby!
Another good thing about CUBOT X18 Plus is how it comes with 4G support! The battery has 4000mAh! Which is very impressive. More than what Apple and Samsung gives you. But you cannot remove it which is a bit sad.
I like how there is a distance between the fingerprint scanner and the camera on the rear side. They learned from the mistake that Samsung did! On the back side you can see the phone is rounded for a nicer grip.
It comes with standard features that can be good when you are exploring the world like GPS and A-GPS. The SIM card size is Nano. SIM cards have truly gotten smaller over the years!
A good thing with CUBOT X18 Plus is how it packs 3.5mm audio jack. Something that is becoming rare that a phone has in 2018. I hope the dual rear camera craze goes away in a few years. I really don’t see why it would create that much better phones.
Mainly probably just a gimmick. Many phones these days jump on the latest trends but in a few years people get bored of it. I think the phone companies should look at what their users want instead. Apple for example should open up iOS and let the open source community explore the OS more so they can create Cydia tweaks. People loved iOS when they could do that! That was back in 2009. Since then Apple has become more boring and closed their OS more.