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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|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.
|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+.
|Benchmark||Samsung Galaxy J7+||ASUS Zenfone 4|
|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.
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.
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.