Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro review

GSMArena team, 14 November 2017.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro, just like the J7 (2017) is running on the Exynos 7870 chipset. While incredibly power-efficient, it's still the same chip as you'd get on last year's J7. We certainly wouldn't have minded getting the higher-grade Exynos 7880, which is utilized in the Galaxy A5 (2017).

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro review

While the 7870 chip has a decent octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, its Mali-T830MP1 GPU maybe somewhat disappointing. This single-core Mali was perfect for the 720p screen on the J7 (2016), having twice as many pixels on the Pro model will probably be tougher on the GPU.

We kick off our benchmark inspection with some Geekbenching. Unsurprisingly, the Pro scores virtually identical numbers as its (2017) counterpart - decent numbers for the class, but behind phones with the Snapdragon 625 and Samsung's own newer Exynos 7880. The J7 Max (Helio P20) consistently outperforms the Pro in single-core scenarios and loses in multi-core.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    4292
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    4225
  • Moto G5S Plus
    4193
  • HTC U11 Life
    4178
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    3783
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3779
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3768
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    3509
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    2841
  • LG Q6
    2011

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    901
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    888
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    877
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    868
  • HTC U11 Life
    865
  • Moto G5S Plus
    843
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    735
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    734
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    665
  • LG Q6
    584

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    4456
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    4106
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4102
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3958
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    3672
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3414
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3388
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    3011
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    2964
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    2739
  • LG Q6
    1898
  • HTC U11 Life
    1570

GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    1546
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    865
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    846
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    832
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    819
  • HTC U11 Life
    810
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    776
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    764
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    699
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    693
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    646
  • LG Q6
    508

On to graphics-only tests. The Mali-T830MP1 in charge of the graphics department wasn't a big deal last year on a 720p display, so it's even less impressive twelve months later on more than twice as many pixels.

Offscreen or onscreen, the tests prove the GPU inside the J7 Pro is inferior to the competition and outdated. The same Mali, but with three cores and a faster clock speed does far better inside the Exynos 7880 within the Galaxy A5/A7 (2017).

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    15
  • HTC U11 Life
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    14
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    9.9
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    9.8
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    9.8
  • Moto G5S Plus
    9.8
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    9.8
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    9.8
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    9.6
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    9
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    7.1
  • LG Q6
    5.8
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    5.1
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    5.1

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    15
  • HTC U11 Life
    14
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    10
  • Moto G5S Plus
    10
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    10
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    9.7
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    9.7
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    9.7
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    9.6
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    8.9
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    7
  • LG Q6
    5.3
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    5.1
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    5.1

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC U11 Life
    9.8
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    9.5
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    9.1
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    9.1
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    6.5
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    6.4
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    6.4
  • Moto G5S Plus
    6.4
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    6.2
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    6.2
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    6.2
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    5.8
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    4.6
  • LG Q6
    3.8
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.3
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.3

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC U11 Life
    9.5
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    9.4
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    9
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    9
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    6.9
  • Moto G5S Plus
    6.8
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    6.7
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    6.3
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    6.3
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    6.2
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    6.2
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    6.1
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    4.5
  • LG Q6
    3.5
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.3
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.3

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    5.4
  • HTC U11 Life
    5.3
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    5.2
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    5.2
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    4
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    3.7
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    3.5
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    3.5
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    3.5
  • Moto G5S Plus
    3.4
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    3.4
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.4
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    2.5
  • LG Q6
    2.1
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    1.9
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    1.9

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    5.4
  • HTC U11 Life
    5.3
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    5.2
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    5.2
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    4
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    4
  • Moto G5S Plus
    3.8
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    3.8
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    3.5
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    3.5
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    3.4
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.4
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    2.5
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    1.9
  • LG Q6
    1.9
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    1.9

The J7 Pro takes some more beating in Basemark X, where it shares the last spot in this group with its close relative J7 (2017).

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    14619
  • HTC U11 Life
    14367
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    13666
  • Moto G5S Plus
    10488
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    10472
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    10455
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    10446
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    10445
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    10403
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    9543
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    9034
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    7516
  • LG Q6
    6179
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    5497
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    5489

With all components thrown into the mix, we look at Antutu and Basemark 2.0 for a gauge of overall performance. As you could guess after reading thus far, the J7 Pro is no pro and only manages to stay ahead of Snapdragon 430 devices like the Nokia 6 and LG Q6.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    85162
  • HTC U11 Life
    72845
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    68322
  • Moto G5S Plus
    64554
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    63548
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    62818
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    61762
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    61616
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    61020
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    60767
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    57996
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    55657
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    47920
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    47495
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    46822
  • LG Q6
    37276

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Helio X20)
    1728
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    1417
  • HTC U11 Life
    1400
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    1262
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X
    1246
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    1222
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    1213
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
    1198
  • Moto G5S Plus
    1176
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    1050
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    1038
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    497
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max
    379
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    349
  • LG Q6
    275

We didn't expect much from the Galaxy J7 Pro in the benchmark sessions after having already spent time with the J7 (2017). The focus wasn't on performance with this one - looks and power-efficiency is the Pro's game, and those things it does well. Not so much with performance.

The good news is, the dated chip was designed quite well. Despite the low scores, we can confirm that the Galaxy J7 Pro packs enough punch for gaming and while occasional hiccups do happen, especially in 3D games, they won't stop anyone from enjoying a good gaming session. Arcade games run better, of course. But throughout the UI, lag is almost non-existent.

Finally, thanks to the high-end 14nm manufacturing process, the Exynos 7870 runs cool and you won't experience the so-called hot spots during long gaming sessions.

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