Kernel source code hints at fingerprint sensor on Galaxy J7 (2016), reveals specs

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Last Wednesday, Samsung’s Galaxy J7 (2016) broke cover when it appeared on the GFXBench website. It’s pretty safe to say that we were impressed by the alterations the South Korean company made to the device in order to secure it a place at the top of the mid-range market. Today we’ve got a second chance to view the handset’s internals, this time by way of a kernel source code, which confirms almost everything we’ve already found out about the unit. The only thing that seems to differ is the processor, which looks like it’s been upgraded from the Snapdragon 615 SoC that we previously reported.

According to the source code, the upcoming J7 will pack a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 650 octa-core CPU (previously known as the Snapdragon 620), 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a Samsung S5K3L2XX sensor, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with a Samsung S5K5E3YX sensor and a 4,300mAh removable battery. Interestingly, the kernel also suggests that the handset will feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, which will be a first for budget-friendly smartphones from Samsung and support rumors of the company aiming to bring fingerprint scanners to cheaper devices.

As with all leaks, rumors and speculation, we have to take this information with a large grain of salt until the manufacturer provides us with some solid evidence with regards to what it has in store for its next version of the Galaxy J7. However, if Samsung’s comprehensive launch history is anything to go by, it looks like the firm may unveil the handset in June.

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