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First Look: Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro And On7 Pro Preview


The Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro and On7 Pro are the company's latest budget Android smartphones meant exclusively for the Indian market. Both the phones are nearly identical to the On5 and On7 launched last year but increase the memory to 2GB and double the storage to 16GB.

The On5 Pro is the smaller of the two with a 5.0-inch 720p display. It runs on the Exynos 3 Quad chipset and packs an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 5 megapixel camera on the front. Powering it is a sizable 2600mAh battery.

The On7 Pro is the more premium model with a bigger 5.5-inch screen. It comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, a 13 megapixel camera on the back and a larger 3000mAh battery. Both phones come with a faux leather finish on the back and Samsung's S bike mode.

Galaxy On5 Pro at a glance:

  • 5.0-inch 720 IPS LCD
  • Exynos 3 Quad (4x Cortex-A7 with Mali-T720)
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD
  • 8 megapixel rear, 5 megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM, LTE
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 2600mAh removable battery

Galaxy On7 Pro at a glance 

  • 5.5-inch 720p IPS LCD
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (4x Cortex-A53 with Adreno 306)
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD
  • 13 megapixel rear, 5 megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM, LTE
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 3000mAh removable battery
With the competition in the lower and of the smartphone segment getting hotter, Samsung needs to put its best foot forward.

With the recent Galaxy J2 2016 edition turning out to be bit underwhelming, we turn to the new On5 Pro and On7 Pro to see if Samsung can redeem itself in the budget segment.  On the back there is a removable plastic cover with a faux leather finish. It has a slight rubbery texture to it that's not going to fool anyone but it isn't the worst choice of materials.

Underneath the back cover are the removable battery, the two micro SIM card slots, and the microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro

The overall build quality is good owing to the metal frame and both phones feel vastly more premium than the J2 2016 edition, even though the On5 Pro actually costs less.

Display

The Galaxy On5 Pro has a 5.0-inch display while the On7 Pro has a 5.5-inch display. Both are IPS LCD with a resolution of 1280x720. The display quality on both devices can be best described as adequate.

Both displays get bright enough indoors but look washed out a bit outdoors. Both displays have saturated colors that try to mimic the look of an AMOLED display, with the On5 in particular being a bit extra saturated. The colors don't look great though and neither displays look as good as those as on the 2016 Galaxy J5 and J7. But for the price, the image quality is perfectly acceptable.
What isn't acceptable, however, is the cost cutting. Samsung has once again omitted the oleophobic coating from the screens of both models, and they always look like a smudgy mess that makes it hard to see the contents of the screen especially outdoors. There is also no ambient light sensor on either phone. Lastly, the touchscreens are limited to two point multi-touch so they won't track your fingers properly if you touch the screen on three spots instead of two.

The problem with this cost cutting is that it doesn't seem it would cost the company all that much more to include them but it does seem to make a big impact on the usability of these devices, which really makes you question the company's choices.

Credit: GSM Arena.

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