Samsung’s first phones with front-facing camera flashes arrive


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Samsung has quietly announced two new smartphones for their J lineup. It’s the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7, and these wouldn’t be immediately noteworthy on their own without one fact: they’re Samsung’s first phones to equip front-facing flash units.

We’re hoping that design choice is a sign of things to come as having a flash on the front-facing camera is becoming increasingly as important (if not more) as having it on the rear. But for now, that little perk is limited to these two devices.

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They do have legs to stand with on their own, though. The Galaxy J5 and J7 share much of the same specs, including 1.5GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel front camera, a 13 megapixel rear camera, 16GB of internal storage, dual-SIM, microSD and Android 5.1 Lollipop.

They differ in display and chipset. The Galaxy J5 will boast a 5-inch 720p display, a 2,600mAh battery and the 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410. Meanwhile, the bumps things up to 5.5 inches, 3,000mAh battery and a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615.

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Both are on the affordable side at $225 and $289 for the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, respectively. The idea is to appeal to the growing market of folks who seek phones with superior front-facing camera support, which apparently is all the rage over in Asia right now. Don’t expect to see these things trot too far out of that region, but importing is always a nice option if you just have to have one for whatever reason.

[Samsung 1|2 via SamMobile]

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  1. My my that phone looks beautiful ?

  2. what? why?

    having a flash on the front-facing camera is becoming increasingly as important (if not more) as having it on the rear.

    i don’t get it.

    1. Lowlight selfies. Instead of putting better sensors on the front, brighten it up. Parties and anything else will be better.

      1. Some people don’t like fun I guess.

        1. *plants no fun allowed sign*

  3. “…having a flash on the front-facing camera is becoming increasingly as important (if not more) as having it on the rear. ”

    Um, no. Not it is not.

    Nobody wants to see your selfies with your face saturated in flash.

  4. Please become mainstream .

  5. when i read front facing i was getting a chub, then i read flash not speakers, it went away

    1. Semi chub this early is a tease

  6. That doesn’t even look like a believable selfie. Which hand did she use to take that? O_o clearly a professional shot with a black overlay to simulate fake low-light. The problem is that it’s not at all convincing…

    And am I the only one who thinks flash is undesirable in pretty much every circumstance? It always throws off the picture, easiest way to overexpose. Plus, a front flash is gonna blind you AND be somehow more obnoxious than that person who fires their flash in a dark room to try to get something far away. Seriously. Never use flash. And especially never in public.

    OEMs, just PLEASE focus on better low light capabilities without this cheap and ineffective copout.

  7. Something tells me I won’t be buying the new Note 5 as it seems Samsung is determined to undermine all of their long-term customers with no removable batteries and memory even in their cheapy phone lineups.

    1. I’m with you
      Samsung wants to be apple.
      But I don’t want to be a dumb costumer.

  8. Long overdue, but so are sensors that work better in low light!

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