Specs comparison: #Nokia 3, 5, 6 vs. #Samsung Galaxy J3, J5, J7 (2017)

This week Samsung introduced a refresh to their low-end J Series of devices, introducing the new J3 (2017), J5 (2017) and J7 (2017). These Samsung devices belong to the same category of devices as Nokia 3, 5, and 6, so it’s reasonable to compare HMD’s and Samsung’s low-end line up, because a lot of buyers will be choosing between those devices, especially in Europe.

We did a basic specifications and price comparison of the device, and we can conclude that the J series isn’t as affordable as one would think. They do share some specifications with their HMD counterparts, but for a higher price. The J5 and J7 come with a fingerprint sensor, just like the 5 and 6, with the J7 being waterproof. Keep in mind that we compared only basic specifications and for more precise comparison we would have to dig deeper into specs and also review the devices.

Nokia 3 vs. Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017)

Category Nokia 3 Galaxy J3 (2017)
Screen 5-inch, 720p 5-inch, 720p
Processor MTK 6737 (4×1.3GHz) Exynos 7570 Quad (4×1.4GHz)
RAM+ROM 2GB+16GB 1.5GB+16GB
Camera 8MP + 8MP (FCC) 5MP + 2MP (FFC)
Battery 2630mAh 2600mAh
OS Android 7.0 Android 7.0
Price* €149 €219

Nokia 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

Category Nokia 5 Galaxy J5 (2017)
Screen 5.2-inch, 720p 5.2-inch, 720p
Processor Snapdragon 430 (8×1.4GHz) Exynos 7870 Octa (8×1.6GHz)
RAM+ROM 2GB+16GB 2GB+16GB
Camera 13MP + 8MP (FCC) 13MP + 5MP (FCC)
Battery 3000mAh 3000mAh
OS Android 7.1.1 Android 7.1
Price* €199 €279

Nokia 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

Category Nokia 6 Galaxy J7 (2017)
Screen 5.5-inch, 1080p 5.5-inch, 1080p
Processor Snapdragon 430 (8×1.4GHz) Exynos 7870 Octa (8×1.6GHz)
RAM+ROM 3GB+32GB 3GB+16GB
Camera 16MP+8MP(FCC) 13MP+13MP
Battery 3000mAh 3600mAh
OS Android 7.1 Android 7.1
Price* €249 €339

*The announced prices for J3, J5 and J7 are estimates for Europe, so we compared them with the European price (price of Finnish operator Elisa) of Nokia 3, 5, 6.

My opinion is that the Samsung J 2017 devices are a little overpriced and that the 3, 5 and 6 could really compete with them, at least in Europe. It’s interesting to note that the Galaxy J5 was the best selling device in many European countries, including Croatia, for 2016, because of the strong brand presence and aggressive marketing, and an overall good price for a, now premium brand like Samsung.

What do you think about the new J series, and can HMD’s lineup compete with them? 🙂

Specifications source: GSMArena.com

  • marty farrell

    No contest Nokia wins.

    For something fascinating, do a size comparison of Nokia 3 with……a Pixel

  • And that singhnsk was saying Nokia phones offer nothing. LOL 😁 very nice comparison. Nokia 3 wins in comparison to J3. And every Nokia phones win against these smasung devices. The reason being stock android. Samsung uses LAGGY TouchWiz UI.

    • Compared to Samsung, they seem better. The J7 is waterproof, though. There is no more TouchWiz, they changed the name and made it lighter, I believe.

      • Ohh LOL.I didn’t know about that. 😂 As it is a Samsung, I’ll have to check if its waterproof or just water resistant.😜

        • Good point, but if it, really waterproof, some people are ready to pay more. 😉

          • I won’t pay more for a Samsung as they are already overpriced and also because I may be a bit biased towards Nokia 😜
            Anyways, I trust Nokia for their build quality. 😊 Never heard about a Nokia burning whole house or a car 😉😜 LOL. BTW read many articles about Nokia phones saving people from bullets. 😜