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Samsung Galaxy J7+ or Sony Xperia XA1 Plus?

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| Samsung Galaxy J7+ Or Sony Xperia Xa1 Plus?

There’s a big demand for good mid-rangers and two good examples of them are the Samsung Galaxy J7+ and the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus.  Let’s pit this two against each other in a quick specs comparison.

The Samsung Galaxy J7+ launched in the Philippines in October. It has a 5.5″ Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a MediaTek Helio P20 Octa-Core processor, 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, 13MP + 5MP dual rear cameras with LED flash, a 16MP front camera with LED flash, and a 3,000mAh battery.

The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus launched in the Philippines in April. It has a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, 32GB UFS internal storage, 4GB RAM, 23MP rear camera with Wide-angle lens and LED flash, an 8MP front camera with Wide-angle lens, and 3,430mAh battery with Quick Charging via Pump Express+ 2.0.

Both smartphones sports premium builds with their all-metal unibody design and solid build quality.

Here are their detailed specs:

 Samsung Galaxy J7+Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
Display5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display @ 1920 x 1080px5.5-inch Full HD IPS display @ 1920 x 1080px
CPU2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P20 Octa-Core2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P20 Octa Core
GPUMali T880 MP2Mali T880 MP2
Memory– 32GB internal storage
– 32GB UFS internal storage
Camera– 13MP f/1.7 + 5MP f/1.9 rear cameras with LED flash
– 16MP f/1.9 front camera with LED flash
– 23MP f/2.0 rear camera w/ Hybrid Autofocus, HDR, SteadyShot, Wide-angle, and LED flash
– 8MP f/2.0 front camera w/ HDI, SteadyShot, and Wide-angle
Battery3,000mAh battery3,430mAh Li-Ion battery with Quick Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0)
OSAndroid 7 Nougat w/ TouchWiz UIAndroid 7.0 Nougat

Here are their benchmark scores:

 Samsung Galaxy J7+Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
Geekbench852 (Single-core), 3,533 (Multi-core)833 (Single-Core), 3737 (Multi-Core)
3D Mark608 (Sling Shot Extreme 1.0)626 (Sling Shot Extreme 1.0)
PC Mark3,793 (Work 2.0) 3,208 (Storage 1.0)3941 (Work 2.0), 2847 (Storage 1.0)
AndroBench273.93 MB/s (Sequential Read), 98.2 MB/s (Sequential Write)260.55MB/s (Sequential Read), 84.77MB/s (Sequential Write)
Battery Life12 hours and 35 minutes15 hours and 27 minutes

Here are the advantages of each smartphone from each other.

Samsung Galaxy J7+

+ Wider front and rear camera apertures

+ Higher front camera resolution

+ Front LED flash

+ Samsung Bixby Assistant

+ Facial Recognition

+ Gyroscope Sensor

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus

+ Better smartphone optimization (Check Antutu benchmark scores)

+ Dedicated microSD card slot

+ Higher rear camera resolution

+ Wide-angle lenses for both rear and front camera

+ USB Type-C

+ Clear Audio+


+ Fast Charging with Qnovo Adaptive Charging

+ Larger battery capacity

+ Longer Battery Life


Both smartphones sport the same screen size and resolution, but different display types. The J7+ has the Super AMOLED display while the XA1 Plus has an IPS LCD. Both displays are good to the eye and produce a decent quality of the display, however, the Super AMOLED’s advantage is that it has a richer contrast while the IPS LCD gives off more natural colors. They both have disadvantages as the Super AMOLED has a risk of burn-in while the IPS draws more power from the smartphone.


Both devices carry a MediaTek Helio P20 processor with a Mali-T880 GPU. Their processor is decent enough to do daily tasks and multitasking with ease and their GPU can run low-to-moderate graphics games smoothly. One thing to note is our benchmark scores for both smartphones as the XA1 Plus scored better but not by a mile.


Both smartphones give good image qualities based on our reviews. The Samsung Galaxy J7+ has a 13MP + 5MP dual camera setup, but it focuses more on its 16MP front camera resolution which makes it a candidate for a selfie smartphone. The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus, on the other hand, has a whopping 23MP rear camera while the front only has 8MP, both with wide-angle lenses.


The J7+ carries a 3,000mAh battery while the XA1 Plus has 3,430mAh. Testing them out in our video loop test gave us clear results on which one has a longer lasting battery life. The former only got 12 hours and 35 minutes while the latter lasted for 15 hours and 27 minutes, making the XA1 Plus the clear winner.


The J7+ has a Samsung Bixby Assistant, a facial recognition technology, and a Gyroscope sensor while the XA1 Plus has a dedicated microSD card slot, USB Type-C port, ClearAudio+ technology, NFC, and Fast Charging tech with Qnovo Adaptive Charging. Both have merits but the advantage depends on the user. That said, it’s better to pick the one with features that will cater to your needs.


The Samsung Galaxy J7+ is priced at Php19,990 while the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is priced at Php16,990. If you have a limited budget, the XA1 Plus is the more attractive option.

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