Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs Galaxy J7 (2017): How different are they really?

A similar predecessor, but with some subtle differences in design

Things are pretty simple at Samsung: the S range launches a trend that the A and J ranges then follow. Consequently, both the A5 (2017) and J7 (2017) that were launched this year, are based on the Samsung Galaxy S7 design. They indisputably share a common ancestor (visually speaking), but in a more general manner, they follow a guideline found on all Samsung devices up to the Galaxy S8 model, which changed the trend. However, there are some differences between these two devices.

The Galaxy A5 (2017) is a little more elegant and has a better finish than the J7, but the performance of this entry-level smartphone should still be acknowledged, as it’s seen an evolution from the previous model. Plastic has made way to metal, a material that the A5 also proudly displays. So, what are the differences? The most obvious is obviously the size.  Given the dimensions 152.5 x 74.8, the smartphone is slightly larger than the Galaxy A5, which is 146.1 mm long and 71.4 mm wide. This difference in screen size is very noticeable: the J7 is sized at 5.5 inches and the A5 at 5.2 inches.

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At 5.5 inches, the Galaxy J7 (2017) is 0.3 cm larger than the A5 (2017). © AndroidPIT

Some of the differences aren’t visible at first glance. An example of this is the IP68 certification found on the A5 but not on the J7, which makes the phone vulnerable to water and dust. The microSD card, on the other hand, is available on both models. 

A very different level of performance

The Galaxy A5 (2017) is a mid-range level smartphone, whereas the Galaxy J7 (2017) is an entry-level smartphone. This translates into their performance, even if it’s not always noticeable. The J7 is powerful enough to give you a satisfying experience for easy operation, in other words browsing, messaging etc. However, if you want to get a little more out of the phone and really experience the graphics at their best, some games will be a problem because the Exynos 7870 octacore processor and the Mali-T830 MP1 graphics chip in particular have trouble keeping up. The US model has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, but we tested the Exynos model here. The Galaxy A5 (2017) has a Exynos 7880 processor and a Mali-T830 MP3 GPU (that is to say three times the power than on the J7).

Another big difference (that has to be pointed out) is that the internal memory on the J7 is only 16 GB, while the Galaxy A5 offers twice that. It’s worth mentioning as well that if you run out of space on either device, you can insert a microSD card of a maximum 256 GB. The amount of RAM is the same on both models.

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Active On Display is available on both devices. © AndroidPIT

False debate over the software interface

Samsung has upgraded its devices, but performance is only of practical interest in an operating system, and regarding this, the two devices are quite different. The A5 (2017) is outdated, offering Android 6.0.1 by default, but it can of course be updated to Nougat. The J7 (2017) uses Android 7.0 by default. Updates are always a tricky issue, especially when it comes to flagships. 

It’s important to keep in mind that even though geeks like us care about software versions, many entry-level users don’t, they just want a smartphone that can meet their (often simple) needs. They don’t care if their device will be using Android P or not, so both devices are suitable. Other users, on the other hand, value the importance of updates (especially for security reasons), but unfortunately Samsung isn’t the fastest to offer them. In any case, both devices will be using Android Oreo.

Updates are crucial for a smartphone, even if only for security.

What do you think?

The same strength and effort to provide

The Galaxy A5 (2017) is renowned for its battery life. It is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery and will be able to survive an entire day without charging, thanks to various software configurations. To top it all off, you can recharge it in a very short amount of time: the battery will go from 0 to 100% in 1 hour and 20 minutes. The Galaxy J7 (2017) offers similar specifications, even though it has a bigger battery (3,600 mAh), you should be able to survive the day without too much trouble. The real difference between these two devices is the charging speed: you’ll find that charging isn’t fast on the J7, not even through the USB Type-C port.

The real difference between these two devices is the charging speed.

In the world of smartphones, where prices skyrocket, it’s sometimes possible to find a good camera phone at the right price. While the J7 (2017) and A5 (2017) take decent photos given their range, they’re definitely not the phones’ strengths. With 13 MP with an aperture of f/1.7 and 16 MP with an aperture of f/1.9, the J7’s specs look better on paper. However, it did provide the most mixed performance. In both cases, it’s better to take photos in a well-lit environment in order to obtain quality photos.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) technical specifications

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Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm 152.5 x 74.8 x 8 mm
Weight: 159 g 181 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh 3600 mAh
Screen size: 5.2 in 5.5 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi) 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
Front camera: 16 megapixels 13 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels 13 megapixels
Flashlight: LED LED
Android version: 6.0 – Marshmallow 7.0 – Nougat
User interface: TouchWiz TouchWiz
RAM: 3 GB 3 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB 16 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: Sorry, not yet available! Samsung Exynos 7870
Number of cores: 8 Sorry, not yet available!
Max. clock speed: 1.9 GHz 1.6 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.1

The logic of an illogical price

The Galaxy A5 (2017) is available on Amazon for just $319, while the Galaxy J7 (2017) can be had for $289. That means you can have a mid-range instead of an entry-level smartphone for only $30 more!

In short, if you have the budget and are prepared to opt for a smaller screen, it might be worth your while investing a few extra bucks to get a Galaxy A5 (2017). If you want a Samsung phablet for less than $300, the J7 is a good alternative.

Which of these two devices interests you most?

Galaxy A5 2018 Launch Day Could Incorporate Galaxy S8, Notice 8 Specifications

A modern leak indicates that the Galaxy A5 2018 model may attribute an infinity show, very similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Notice 8. The system render, intended to exhibit off a protective situation also exhibits a system with no household button and an 18:9:5 part ratio, but the system appears to have a flat show, fairly than a twin-edge curved show like Samsung’s latest flagships. The image was initially shared on Twitter, but has considering the fact that been deleted.

Samsung’s Galaxy A collection is a mid-range line, which usually incorporates layout features and options, very similar to the higher-finish Galaxy S and Galaxy Notice lines. Equipment in the line incorporate the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7, which are current yearly less than the same identify. New stories have indicated that the equipment may start to see cost hikes as Samsung carries on to add a lot more higher-finish features to the Galaxy A collection. An infinity show layout for the Galaxy S5 2018 is 1 this sort of instance.   

With an infinity show and no capacitive household button, the Galaxy A5 2018 could also attribute a rear-dealing with fingerprint sensor, very similar to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Notice 8. Rumors also suggest the equipment could operate Android 8. Oreo, which could make them the initial Samsung smartphones to attribute the OS natively. If real, it would necessarily mean the mid-range versions could see Oreo right before Samsung’s 2018 flagships. Nonetheless, there are also stories that the Galaxy A5 2018 may launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Other envisioned options incorporate an Exynos 7885 chip, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of inside storage and quite possibly also a twin-digital camera set up.

Samsung notably released a twin-digital camera set up on the Galaxy C9 Professional system in advance of the Galaxy Notice 8 start. The mid-range Chinese unique system was likely a test mattress for the twin-digital camera right before Samsung released it to its higher-finish range. The Galaxy A equipment commonly see availability in Europe and South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy A equipment are commonly announced late in the yr, amongst November and December on the other hand, cost and launch specifics for the 2018 versions have not yet surfaced.

Mid-range battle: LG Q6 vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

LG has recently taken the wraps off its Q6 series of smartphones: the Q6, Q6 Plus, and Q6a. Although each of them has a different RAM/storage combo, all are considered to be mid-range handsets. They will go head to head with other mid-rangers on the market including the Galaxy A5 (2017), among others.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the differences as well as similarities between the LG Q6 smartphones and Samsung’s Galaxy A5 in terms of specs. This should give you a better idea of which one is better and more suitable for your needs. Let’s dive in.

Specs comparison

The LG Q6 smartphones all sport 5.5-inch Full HD+ FullVison displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Just like the G6, they have thin bezels that make them a lot more compact than other devices with the same screen size. They are powered by the Snapdragon 435 chipset and pack non-removable 3,000 mAh batteries.

All three devices are identical in terms of specs — as well as looks — aside from the already mentioned RAM/storage combo. The Q6a features 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, the Q6 has 3 GB of RAM and 32 of storage, while the most high-end model — the LG Q6 Plus — offers 4 GB of RAM along with 64 GB of space.

LG has decided to equip its Q6 series with a primary 13 MP standard angle sensor, as well as a wide-angle 5 MP selfie snapper. The devices are made from metal, run Android 7.1.1 Nougat with LG’s custom UI on top and, unfortunately, don’t have a fingerprint scanner.

The Samsung Galaxy A5, on the other hand, comes equipped with 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution. Unlike the Q6 series, it has the standard 16:9 aspect ratio. What’s interesting is that even though it has a smaller display, it actually has a larger footprint than its competitors. Although the difference isn’t that big, as it’s only around 4 mm taller and 2 mm wider.

The smartphone is powered by the Exynos 7880 chipset and features a non-removable battery that has the same capacity as the one found in the Q6 series — 3,000 mAh. Only one variant of the device is available with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, which is the same combination offered as the LG Q6.

The Galaxy A5 sports a metal frame, a 3D glass back, and is IP68 rated. This means that it’s dust and water-resistant and will survive in up to one and a half meters of water for a period of 30 minutes. It features a primary 16 MP camera with an f/1.9 aperture and as well as a fingerprint scanner located on the front, below the display. There’s also a selfie snapper on board that has a 16 MP sensor.

When it comes to software, it ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board with Samsung’s skin on top, but you’ll be able to upgrade it to Nougat.

  LG Q6a/LG Q6/LG Q6 Plus Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Display 5.5-inch 18:9 FullVision display
2160 x 1080 resolution
442 ppi
5.2-inch Super AMOLED display
1920 x 1080
424 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Exynos 7880
RAM 2/3/4 GB 3 GB
Storage 16/32/64 GB 32 GB
Cameras Rear: 13 MP Standard Angle sensor

Front: 5 MP Wide Angle sensor

Rear: 16 MP

Front: 16 MP

Battery 3,000 mAh
3,000 mAh
Network LTE / 3G / 2G LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
Bluetooth 4.2
FM radio
Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
Bluetooth 4.2
FM radio
Software Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Dimensions and weight 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm
149 g
146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm
157 g
Colors Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Marine Blue, Terra Gold Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, Peach Cloud

Which one is better?

The LG Q6 series and Samsung Galaxy A5 are quite different in a lot of ways, which means it’s hard to proclaim one as the winner. The Q6 smartphones have a larger screen than the Galaxy A5 but are still smaller thanks to the bezel-less design. The screen also has a different aspect ratio, which is the same as the one you’ll find on the G6 flagship. This makes them a little bit thinner as well as taller.

The phones feature a metal body and come in three different variants, while the Galaxy A5 is available in only one version and has a glass back that’s quite the fingerprint magnet.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 also offers a few things you won’t find on LG’s smartphones. The first one is the fingerprint scanner that’s embedded in the Home button up front. It’s almost a standard feature on mid-range devices these days, which is why it’s quite weird that LG didn’t include it. The other big difference is the IP68 rating that we’re normally used to seeing on high-end devices. Accidents do happen, so it’s nice to know that the device won’t die on you if you spill something on it, for example.

Of course, when you’re making a purchasing decision, specs and features aren’t the only things you should compare. As most people, you’ll probably take the design into consideration as well. Which one comes out on top in this category is impossible to say, as design is a very subjective topic.

The Q6 series looks a lot like the G6, which is probably considered a good thing by most users, as LG’s flagship has been well received so far. It stands out from the crowd thanks to the thin bezels, which will certainly help with one-handed use. The Q6 Plus comes in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Marine Blue, while the other two models are also available in Terra Gold.

The Galaxy A5 looks quite similar to a lot of other Galaxy devices, which have always been extremely popular among consumers. It doesn’t really stand out from the crowd as much as the Q6 devices, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It really depends on what you’re after. The smartphone is also available in quite a few different color options which are Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, and Peach Cloud.

Of course, price is also a major factor that influences consumers’ purchasing decisions. However, as LG hasn’t officially announced how much its smartphones will retail for, but rumors say it will be around 420,000 won ($365) in South Korea. That’s a little lower than the Galaxy A5 (2017), depending on the market, so Samsung’s popular device has a fight on its hands.

Which one would you rather get? One of the LG Q6 smartphones or the Samsung Galaxy A5? Let us know in the comments below.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) review: A well-built phone that lives or dies by Samsung Pay

The Rs 30,000 smartphone segment is an interesting one indeed. Popularly known as the budget-flagship segment, this price bracket sees phones that offer a compelling package of features that sets them apart from the run-of-the-mill smartphones in the market.

The Samsung Galaxy A5 falls in this very segment and brings with it a nice assortment of features that help it stand apart. But is that enough? Let’s find out.

Build and design: 7.5/10

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I quite like the build of this phone. It has a metal frame and is covered by 2.5D glass on the front and back. The back is a bit of a sore point because it’s a fingerprint magnet, and also because it doesn’t seem very scratch resistant. I say this because the review unit we received was heavily scratched on the back, which doesn’t lend me much confidence in its ability to survive the hardships of day-to-day use.

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Scratch-able back aside, the phone feels heavy and sturdy and the front glass was pristine.

Two volume buttons are present on the left side and the power button is on the right. At the bottom you will find the USB-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Strangely enough, the single speaker is present on the right side of the device, above the power button. It’s an odd placement and we’ll talk about that later in the performance section.

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A home button with an in-built fingerprint sensor is at the bottom of the front face. Backlit capacitive buttons are present on either side of the home button.

I like the fact that the glass curves rather seamlessly into the frame, and I must admit, I like the phone’s design. It’s understated in black and looking at the phone, you know it’s worth the asking price, at least in terms of build quality. It doesn’t feel cheap and it’s well-finished.

Features: 8.5/10

The actual hardware powering the phone is a bit underwhelming. You get an Exynos 7880 octa-core processor which is clocked at 1.9 GHz. This is backed by 3 GB of RAM. Internal storage is only 32 GB, but at least it can be expanded by up to 256 GB via a microSD card.

The problem here, of course, is that the similarly priced OnePlus 3T offers a Snapdragon 821, 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage at the same price.

The A5 offers a 5.2-inch Amoled display with a Full HD resolution (1920×1080). The front and rear cameras are 16 MP f/1.9 units.

You get the expected assortment of connectivity options including 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, etc. While you do get a USB-C port, it’s a USB 2.0 port, so transfer speeds are limited. A 3,000 mAh battery provides the juice.

As mentioned earlier, these specs are underwhelming. However, the speciality of the A5 is the fact that it fully supports Samsung Pay – including MST – and that it’s IP68 water and dust resistant.

These are some pretty handy features to have on a smartphone, especially at this price.

Display: 7.5/10

There’s really not much to say about the display. It’s a 5.2-inch Full HD Amoled display that’s almost exactly like every other Amoled display that Samsung makes. Colours aren’t that great, but they’re not that bad either. Brightness is good, but it’s best to adjust it manually.

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Indoors, the display just seems too dull. I had to keep adjusting it manually for best effect. It’s bright enough to use in bright sunlight, however.

The pixel density is over 400 so everything is quite sharp as well.

Since it’s an Amoled display, Samsung supports an always-on mode, which is nice to have.

Software: 7/10

It’s disappointing that Samsung didn’t include Android 7.0 Nougat support for the phone. It comes with Android 6.0 and a great deal of Samsung customisation. As a Samsung veteran, you’ll not find the customisations to be anything new.

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You get the usual rounded squares for icons, a detailed control panel and a handful of customisation options.

All these are normal for Samsung. The feature that stands out is Samsung Pay integration.

Put simply, if you have an account with a supported bank, you can use Samsung Pay for any kind of card payment in the wild. This includes payments via magnetic strip- and NFC-based card readers.

The best part is that the Samsung Pay card is persistent on the home screen, lock screen and within some apps. It’s always at the bottom of the screen with a little tab sticking out. Whenever you want to pay, you simply pop out your phone, swipe up from the bottom to pull up a card you want to use and then authenticate the transaction with your fingerprint.

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Given that the phone has a few redeeming features, I’d assume that one of the primary reasons you’d pick up this phone is for Samsung Pay support. Since it’s so well-integrated, you won’t have any complaints with the feature.

There is an assortment of Samsung bloatware, but it’s easy to ignore all of it.

Performance: 7.5/10

Performance is where the Samsung Galaxy A5 falls far short of expectations.

The OnePlus 3T set very high expectations as far as performance figures are concerned in this price range and is easily 2-3 times as powerful as the A5.

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In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the A5’s performance was simply acceptable and nothing more. The phone stutters regularly, especially when using heavy apps, and the moments when everything felt smooth and functional were very few.

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I expected a fluid experience, and didn’t get one. The Exynos 7880 chipset that powers the phone isn’t a very powerful one, but it should have been sufficient to make the device seem smooth. To add insult to injury, a Rs 12,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 handily beat the A5 in a number of benchmarks, that’s how bad the performance is.

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The speaker is another sore point here. While the odd positioning of the speaker on the right side of the device is not such a big deal, the tinny audio it manages to churn it out is downright disappointing. I could barely make out the audio even in a  quiet room. Samsung should have had the sense to use a more powerful speaker.

Samsung Pay worked perfectly. It was one of the few highlights of the phone. Payment was smooth and easy and there were never any hiccups in my experience.

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The IP68 rating means that the phone is water and dust resistant. I tested the water resistance by leaving the phone under a running tap and also in a bucket of water. Other than a notification that there was water in the charing port, the phone ran exactly as it should have. There was no water damage at all.

Performance in games was alright. Games were playable and the phone didn’t get too hot in use.

Camera 7.5/10

The 16 MP front and rear cameras on this phone are actually quite nice. They captured some very nice colours and detail in good lighting.

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There are a number of manual camera settings in the camera app, but I found that the camera was good enough that I didn’t really need to mess with the settings.

The selfie camera also managed to take detailed and sharp selfies – as sharp as can be expected from the puny sensor on a smartphone.

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The camera response was also quite fast.

Low light performance wasn’t too great, but at this price, few cameras can offer more, so I’m not complaining.

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If you want a better camera though, the Huawei Honor 8 is a better bet. For better selfies, the Vivo V5 Plus is a better option.

If you don’t care that much, the A5’s camera is not bad at all.

Battery life: 8.5/10

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At almost 13 hours in our standardised testing, the battery life was quite impressive. Despite being a 3,000 mAh unit, Samsung’s power management solution appears to be working wonders as far as battery life is concerned.

The phone routinely lasted me a full work day, which includes dozens of calls, hundreds of messages and emails and at least a couple of hours spent listening to music and browsing the web.

Battery life is impressive.

Verdict and price in India

I’m in two minds about the Samsung Galaxy A5. On the one hand, Samsung Pay and IP68 certification are really nice. On the other hand, the OnePlus 3T offers dramatically more performance for the same price.

Even when it comes to cameras, the Vivo V5 Plus offers a better selfie camera and the Huawei Honor 8 offers a better rear camera.

The A5 is not a bad phone, but it’s not the best by any means. It’s well-built, but not exceptionally so. It has a good camera, but it’s definitely not the best option around. It’s also limited to Android 6.0 for now.

In the end, I think this phone lives or dies by Samsung Pay. If you want Samsung Pay, this is the phone for you. If not, there are far better alternatives to be had.


Publish date: May 15, 2017 8:41 am| Modified date: May 15, 2017 8:41 am



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OnePlus 3T vs. Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

The OnePlus 3T has hit the stores back in November 2016, while the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has two months later. Today we will compare these two smartphones and let you decide which one of them is suitable for you.


The OnePlus 3T measures 152.7×74.7×7.4mm and weights 158 grams. The Chinese manufacturer has opted for a full metal design, with horizontal lines on the back, and it offered the phone in color variants of Gunmetal, Soft Gold and Midnight Black. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 is thicker and slightly lighter, as it measures 146.1×71.4×7.9mm and weights 157 grams. This device has its back made of glass, available in colors such as Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, or Peach Cloud, but the frame is made of metal.


The OnePlus 3T comes with an optic AMOLED display of 5.5-inch that supports a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 401 ppi. The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has a smaller super AMOLED display of 5.2-inch that supports a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 424 ppi. Both displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

Processors, Graphics Cards & RAM

The OnePlus 3T features a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 chipset, a quad-core processor formed from a dual-core Kryo CPU clocked at 2.35GHz and a dual-core Kryo CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, an Adreno 530 graphics card and 6GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has an Exynos 7880 Octa chipset, an octa-core Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 1.9GHz, a Mali-T830MP3 graphics card and 3GB of RAM.


The OnePlus 3T comes in two internal storage variants of 64GB and 128GB, while the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has an internal storage of 32GB. The OnePlus 3T has fixed internal memory, but the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has a microSD slot, which allows you to add a card with a capacity of up to 256GB.


Both devices come with a primary camera of 16MP that features LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, panorama, HDR, face detection and a secondary camera of 16MP.


The OnePlus 3T is powered by a non-removable battery of 3400 mAh, which is slightly better than the 3000 mAh non-removable battery that the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 has.