Galaxy J7 Max : An excellent budget phone held back by poor performance

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In other respects, the Galaxy J7 Max is similar to the Galaxy J7 (2017), although it gets more RAM (4GB vs. the latter’s 3GB) and higher storage (at least when compared to the J7 (2017)’s European edition). As I said in our hands-on of the device, the MediaTek chip (a Helio P20 clocked 2.39GHz) is a worrying aspect of the Galaxy J7 Max, as MediaTek processors aren’t known for their performance. But then again, neither are Samsung’s low-end Exynos chips, so real-life performance should be rather similar, right?

At first glance, you would be hard-pressed to tell the J7 Max apart from any other recent Samsung phone (well, except the Galaxy S8). But the J7 Max also looks rather handsome, at least on the black variant that I received for review. It’s a big device thanks to that 5.7-inch display, and its imposing figure makes for a visually appealing design.

It’s disappointing that Samsung didn’t complement the handsome looks of the Galaxy J7 Max with a Super AMOLED display. The LCD display on the J7 Max isn’t bad. In fact, it’s one of the excellent panels I’ve seen on a budget phone. It’s a Full HD display (5.7 inches in size) so the sharpness is spot on, and the contrast and viewing angles are also impressive. Maximum brightness is where the display falls behind Samsung’s AMOLED panels, although I didn’t actually have issues making out things on the display out in the harsh Indian sunlight.

The Galaxy J7 Max has what Samsung calls an “f/1.7 flagship camera”. Confused? Well, so was I at first, until I realized Samsung is equating this camera to a flagship because it has the same low aperture as the cameras on the company’s flagships phones. f/1.7 is the lowest aperture you can find on smartphones, and compared to the usual f/1.9 cameras on Samsung’s budget and mid-range phones, the J7 Max’s camera manages to capture noticeably more light because of the reduced aperture.

Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung’s newest user interface is onboard the Galaxy J7 Max. It’s the Samsung Experience UX that debuted on the Galaxy S8; there’s no Bixby here, but you have the new app icons and overall user interface that are found on Samsung’s flagship. Well, a blue light filter option is also missing, but that is probably an inconsistency issue rather than something Samsung will continue with other devices, as the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 (2017) do have the feature.

If you follow SamMobile on a regular basis, you have probably stumbled upon this article I wrote about how Samsung’s software, which isn’t the most optimized out there, and a MediaTek processor are a match made in hell. Well, in case you didn’t, that article was about how the Galaxy J7 Max suffers from performance issues in less than a month of use. Since then, performance on this device has become even worse, and it’s something that simply negates all the positives of the phone in my opinion.

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