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Samsung Galaxy J5 vs ASUS Zenfone Max (M2) ZB633KL

Here we compared two smartphones: the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy J5 (with Qualcomm Snapdragon 410) that was released on June 20, 2015, against the ASUS Zenfone Max (M2) ZB633KL, which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 and came out 42 months after. On this page, you will find tests, full specs, strengths, and weaknesses of each of the gadgets.

Key differences

An overview of the main advantages of each smartphone
Reasons to consider the Samsung Galaxy J5
  • Super AMOLED display (versus competitor's IPS LCD)
  • Weighs 14 grams less
Reasons to consider the ASUS Zenfone Max (M2) ZB633KL
  • Has a 1.26 inches larger screen size
  • Comes with 1400 mAh larger battery capacity: 4000 vs 2600 mAh
  • Thinner bezels – 13.13% more screen real estate
  • Newer Bluetooth version (v4.2)
  • More recent OS version: Android 9 versus 5.1
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Has 2x more RAM: 3GB versus 1.5GB
  • Ability to record video in 4K resolution
  • Delivers 21% higher maximum brightness (422 against 350 nits)
  • Slow-motion recording at 120FPS
  • The phone is 3-years and 6-months newer

Review

Display
Screen quality, color accuracy, brightness
Performance
CPU/GPU performance in apps and games
Battery
Battery life, charging type and speed
Camera
Photo and video recording quality
Connectivity
Networks, ports, data transmission
NanoReview score
Final comparison evaluation

Value for money

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Price

Tests and specifications

Comparison table of technical specifications and tests

Display

Type Super AMOLED IPS LCD
Size 5 inches 6.26 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels 720 x 1520 pixels
Aspect ratio 16:9 19:9
PPI 294 ppi 269 ppi
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
HDR support No No
Screen protection Tempered glass Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 67.77% 80.9%
Display tests
PWM Not detected -
Contrast ∞ Infinity -
Max. Brightness
350 nits
422 nits
Sources: NotebookCheck [1], [2]

Design and build

Height 142.1 mm (5.59 inches) 158.4 mm (6.24 inches)
Width 71.8 mm (2.83 inches) 76.2 mm (3 inches)
Thickness 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 7.7 mm (0.3 inches)
Weight 146 gramm (5.15 oz) 160 gramm (5.64 oz)
Waterproof No No
Rear material Plastic Metal
Frame material Plastic Plastic
Colors White, Black, Gold Black, Silver, Blue
Fingerprint scanner No Yes, rear
Screen-to-body ratio

Performance

Tests of Samsung Galaxy J5 and ASUS Zenfone Max (M2) ZB633KL in the benchmarks
SoC
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
Max. clock 1200 MHz 1800 MHz
CPU cores - 8 (4 + 4)
Architecture - - 4 cores at 1.6 GHz: Kryo 260 Silver (Cortex-A53)
- 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Kryo 260 Gold (Cortex-A73)
Lithography process - 14 nanometers
Graphics - Adreno 509
GPU clock 400 MHz 650 MHz
FLOPS - ~184 GFLOPS
Memory
RAM size 1.5 GB 3 GB
Memory type LPDDR3 LPDDR3
Memory clock 533 MHz 933 MHz
Channels 1 1
Storage
Storage size 16 GB 32, 64 GB
Storage type eMMC 5.0 eMMC 5.1
Memory card MicroSD MicroSD
Memory card max. size Up to 128 GB Up to 256 GB

Benchmarks

Geekbench 4.4 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 4.4 (Multi-Core)
AnTuTu Benchmark 7
20030
AnTuTu Benchmark 8

Software

Operating system Android 5.1 Android 8.1 (Can be upgraded to Android 9.0)
ROM TouchWiz Zen UI 5.0
OS size 3.8 GB -

Battery

Specifications
Capacity 2600 mAh 4000 mAh
Charge power - 10 W
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Po
Replaceable Yes No
Wireless charging No No
Reverse charging No No
Fast charging No No
Full charging time 1:50 hr 2:35 hr

Camera

Specs and camera test of smartphones
Main camera
Matrix 13 megapixels 13 megapixels
Image resolution 4128 x 3096 4128 x 3096
Zoom Digital Digital
Flash LED LED
Stabilization Digital Digital
8K video recording No No
4K video recording No Up to 30FPS
1080p video recording Up to 30FPS Up to 30FPS
Slow motion No 120 FPS (720p)
Lenses 1 (13 MP) 2 (13 MP + 2 MP)
Wide (main) lens - 13 MP
- Aperture: f/1.9
- Focal length: 28 mm
- Phase autofocus
- 13 MP
- Aperture: f/1.8
- Focal length: 26 mm
- Pixel size: 1.12 micron
- Sensor: 1/2.9", Sony IMX486 (CMOS)
- Phase autofocus
Depth lens - - 2 MP
- Aperture: f/2.4
- Focal length: 27 mm
Camera features - - Bokeh mode
Selfie camera
Megapixels 5 megapixels 8 megapixels
Image resolution 2560 x 1920 3264 x 2448
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.0
Focal length 23 mm 26 mm
Pixel size - 1.12 microns
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) при 30 FPS 1080p (Full HD) при 30 FPS

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 4 (802.11 b/g/n) Wi-Fi 4 (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Wi-Fi features - Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth version 4.1 4.2
Bluetooth features PBAP/PAB, PAN, OPP, MAP, HSP, HID, HFP, DIP, AVRCP, A2DP PBAP/PAB, OPP, MAP, HSP, HFP, HDP, GAP, AVRCP, A2DP
USB type Micro USB Micro USB
USB version 2 2
USB features - Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- Charging
- USB-Storage mode
- OTG
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFC* No No
Infrared port No No
Network
Number of SIM* 2 2
Type of SIM card Micro Nano
Multi SIM mode Standby Standby
eSIM support* No No
Hybrid slot No No
LTE Cat* 4 6
5G support No -

Sound

Speakers Mono Mono
Headphone audio jack Yes Yes
FM radio Yes Yes
Dolby Atmos No No

Other

Category Budget Mid-range
Announced June 2015 December 2018
Release date June 2015 December 2018
Launch price ~ 187 USD ~ 162 USD
SAR (head) 0.612 W/kg 0.351 W/kg
SAR (body) 0.482 W/kg 1.499 W/kg
Sensors - Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Proximity sensor
- Gyroscope
- Accelerometer
- Ambient light sensor
- Compass
- Fingerprint
*Disclaimer! NFC, GSM network support, and some other specs can be different depending on the country.

Conclusion

After analyzing all the data, we think that the ASUS Zenfone Max (M2) ZB633KL is definitely a better buy.

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