Samsung upgraded its "A" series for the releases in 2016 and now they going for the economical "J" series. Right now the Galaxy J1 (2016) is available in the market, to be specific - in Dubai. We are also expecting that J5 (2016) and J7 (2016) will be released.
These new devices look quite promising, thanks to some kernel sources, unraveled by one a mobile enthusiast. The code was identified in the kernel sources of the Galaxy A9 and apparent name of a device, codenamed as "j7xlte".
This code also reveals many of the smartphone's features and specifications. The Galaxy J7 (2016) will feature a FullHD display, most likely a 5.5-inch one, going by previous GFXBench leak. Super AMOLED is nothing out of ordinary for this device , but it also quite easy to figure more details from the model number - ss_dsi_panel_S6E3FA3_AMS549JR01_FHD.
The new J7 will run on a Snapdragon 650 SoC (earlier named as the SD 618). Consumers can expect 3GB RAM, a 13MP the primary camera equipped with the Samsung S5K3L2XX sensor. The front snapper is supposedly a 5MP unit backed by Samsung S5K5E3YX sensor, 1.1µm pixels, coupled with a 23mm f/2.2 lens.
Note that there are signs of a fingerprint reader on the Galaxy J7 (2016), which is a significant boost to the device. Buyers can also expect a microSD card slot and a 4,300 mAh battery.
The kernel sources for Samsung's latest and greatest flagship smartphones have been released by the company but as of now, only the kernels of the Exynos 8895 powered variants have been made available. Nevertheless, it's good news and I am pretty sure that Samsung will be releasing the same for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 powered American and Chinese variants as well.
If you are not aware what the kernels will be useful for, then let us inform you that these are necessary to build custom firmware that many Android smartphone enthusiasts love. Of course that may not be the best idea right now as the device is still new, but a year down the line, new firmware can make a lot of difference for a lot of users. The first of the custom firmware kernels should be ready within the next few weeks or so.
Would you be trying any of the custom ROMs on your S8 or S8+ anytime soon? Or would you rather build one yourself? Speaking of custom firmware, head over to our firmware section to find a whole range of them for your Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)