Samsung Galaxy J7+ vs ASUS Zenfone 4 (SD630) Comparison + Review

Samsung Galaxy J7+ vs ASUS Zenfone 4 (SD630) Comparison + Review

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The Samsung Galaxy J7+ was launched just this Monday, and its price point (₱19,990) along with what it offers is a competitive one. What it goes against for this comparison is the ASUS Zenfone 4, the SD630 variant (₱19,500). Without further ado, let’s jump directly to design.

 

Design

Both are sleek to their own rights, but the Zenfone 4 takes it a step further, compared to the last phone that I compared with the J7+ which you can watch on the upper-right. They have inverted soft-touch keys layout, and the Zenfone 4 doesn’t have a front-firing flash. At the back, this is where tastes get stimulated. ASUS is at it with their concentric circles protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The difference in the camera layouts and protection stands out too since the Zenfone 4’s cameras are protected too by the Gorilla Glass 3. The Zenfone 4 has a single-sided button setup, and a Type-C port compared to the J7+. As for expandable storage and connectivity, both carry hybrid SIM trays.

Display

Compared to its AMOLED-toting siblings, the Zenfone 4 is equipped with an IPS LCD, which I think is to keep the overall cost low. It might not be as vibrant as an AMOLED, but it does the job well enough.

ROM/UX

The J7+ comes with Samsung Experience 8.5 out of the box, providing access to Bixby Assistant and Bixby Vision. Although ASUS has stepped up with their ZenUI 4.0, Samsung’s more developed Samsung Experience 8.5 feels better to use and is easier on the eyes. Going through the Home screen and Settings, the J7+ is more efficient to use.

What ZenUI 4.0 does noticeably better is the Camera UI. Everything that a power user may need is just one tap or swipe away. While you may argue that Samsung does basically the same, ZenUI 4.0 does more.

Camera

The J7+ and Zenfone 4 may both have dual cameras, but they are to be used differently.

Phone Rear Camera Front Camera
Samsung Galaxy J7+ Dual 13 MP (f/1.7, autofocus) + 5 MP, f/1.9, LED flash

Video:
Up to 1080p@30fps

16 MP, f/1.9

Video recording: up to 1080p@30fps

ASUS Zenfone 4 Dual 12 MP (Sony IMX362), f/1.8 + 8 MP (OmniVision 8856), f/2.2, 25mm, 120-degree VA, Dual Pixel autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

Video recording: 2160p@30fps, 720p@120fps

8 MP (OmniVision 8856), f/2.0, 84-degree VA

Video recording: up to 1080p@30fps

In the case of the J7+, it’s only used for Live Focus, as seen in the Note 8. The Zenfone 4 has a 120-degree wide angle lens for larger shots. See for yourselves.

Rear Camera

Front Camera

Performance

SPECIFICATIONS

SPECS Samsung Galaxy J7+ ASUS Zenfone 4  
Display 5.5″ 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED (~401 ppi)
Always On Display
5.5″ 1080 x 1920 AMOLED (~401 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Front & Back
Dimensions & Features 152.4 x 74.7 x 7.9 mm, 180 g, Hybrid dual-SIM tray 155.4 x 75.2 x 7.7 mm, 165g, Hybrid dual-SIM tray
Chipset Mediatek Helio P20 MT6757 Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
CPU Octa-core 4x 2.39GHz, 4x 1.69GHz Cortex-A53 Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53)
GPU Mali-T880 MP2 Adreno 508
Memory 4GB RAM, 32GB (expandable up to 256GB) 4/6GB RAM, 64GB (expandable up to 256GB)
Connectivity LTE Cat. 4, 802.11n, BT 4.2, GPS, FM Radio, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack LTE Cat. 13 (downlink) 12 (uplink), 802.11ac, BT 5.0, GPS, FM Radio, NFC, Type-C 1.0, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh Non-removable Li-Ion 3300mAh battery
Price PhP 19,990/$400 PhP 19,500/$390

Despite being closely-priced, you’d start to think the value-per-peso of the J7+.

BENCHMARKS

Benchmark Samsung Galaxy J7+ ASUS Zenfone 4
AnTuTu 63201 65907
Geekbench
(Single Core)
872 869
Geekbench
(Multicore)
3613 4128
PCMark Work 2.0 3792 4986
ManilaShaker Battery Rating 38h 20m 43h 50m
Charging Time (0-100%) 2h 14m 1h 54m

In both benchmarks and real-world use, the Helio P20 was no match for the Snapdragon 630 by a significant margin. Even in our battery rating, the J7+ is no match for the Zenfone 4’s more advanced hardware.

 

Audio

Here are the songs that I’ve listened to on both IEM’s and speakers:
– ‘Rhythm of the Rain’ by yours truly
– ‘Tukso’ by Eva Eugenio
– ‘Give ‘Em Hell, Kid’ by UNVRS
– ‘Tadhana’ by UDD
– ‘Knuckles’ by Moose Blood

Retaining the iconic J7 speaker positioning, the J7+ doesn’t perform too far from its siblings. Against the Zenfone 4, it’s weaker on the room volume but provides better detail.

Plugging in my ZS3’s on both sounded similar, even with the EQ fine-tuned to my taste.

 

Verdict

If I have to choose one of the two, it’d be the ASUS Zenfone 4 with its better support, cameras, and overall usability. What about you? Comment down below if it’s the Samsung Galaxy J7+ or the ASUS Zenfone 4 that wins for you in this comparison.

 

  • Lyle Syth

    hi caesar and the peeps from manila shaker! just want to ask where can you purchase the asus zenfone 4 with 630/4gb processor/ram for 19500? also, is this an official asus philippines variant phone to make sure its covered under warranty? and whats the main difference between the asus zenfone 4 snapdragon 660 compared to the 630 variant? why is the 660/6gb variant priced at 28995 compared to the 630/4gb variant with 19500? is it just because of a more updated proc and higher ram?