Samsung Galaxy Halo Review

Cricket Wireless recently introduces Samsung Galaxy Halo, which is actually a rebranded variant of Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx. One thing makes a significant difference is the presence of Cricket logo on the back side of the phone. At a glance, it seems like a special rebranded phone selling for about $180.

Samsung Galaxy Halo comes with a black color option and featured by 4G LTE, 5.5 inch HD Display, 1.6 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and 3300 mAh battery. if you’re curious, the following is a full review of Samsung Galaxy Halo.

Key Specs

Samsung Galaxy Halo key specifications:

  • 5.5 inches (720 x 1280 pixels) TFT LCD Display
  • 1.6 GHz Octa-core Exynos 7870 Processor with Mali T830 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage (MicroSD slot up to 256 GB)
  • Runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • 8 MP rear camera with LED Flash and a 5 MP front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 151.3 x 76.2 x 8.6 mm, Weight: 167 grams
  • 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB 2.0
  • Li-Ion 3300 mAh non-removable battery

Design

The design of Galaxy Halo is a reminder of the golden age of Galaxy Note 2. Rounded corner and plastic-feel material attached to this phone. The physical home button without fingerprint sensor, haptic button without backlit, and Samsung’s metallic letter are still in place giving an aged-look rolling back the years. Something really new is a metallic stripe on the back cover traversing the camera and flashlight. 151.3 x 76.2 x 8.6 mm dimension and 167-gram weight also give a comfortable grip.

Display

Samsung is famous for its AMOLED display, which is very vivid and vibrant in all lighting conditions. However, Samsung Galaxy Halo is not destined to have AMOLED display. The absence of 1080p resolution also adds the shortcomings. The phone only uses 5.5 inch TFT display with 720p resolution but still giving an amazing clarity and color accuracy in many situations. While for the outdoor uses, the screen is still usable despite lack of auto brightness sensor.

Software

Unlike the predecessor, the user interface of Samsung Galaxy Halo is more lightweight and smoother than before. For some reason, it is much like the UI belonging to Galaxy S8. Some of the default applications like messaging, email, settings, and device maintenance are very intuitive and easy to use. In addition to the amazing user interface, Samsung Galaxy Halo also runs an out of the box operating system, Android Nougat 7.0. But, there is no certainty if the phone planned to get an Android O update or not.

Camera

The imaging sensor of Galaxy Halo is quite standard. 8 MP rear camera has a f/1.9 aperture, flash, and full HD video recorder. The feature you can find on the camera app is also pretty common like night mode, HDR, pro mode, and beauty mode. But, images captured using Galaxy Halo is good to look at. While the front-facing 5 MP camera is not slightly different to the rear camera. The only useful feature on the rear camera is the beauty mode that adapts Snapchat-like filter.

Performance

Under the hood, Samsung Galaxy Halo is supported by 1.6 GHz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. It is still feasible to handle everyday applications without a lot of lags, and the overall is very responsive. Navigating through the user interface, doing multitasking, or gaming doesn’t matter. The 2GB of RAM also allows you to operate multi-applications at the same time.

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Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Halo works on 2G, 3G, and 4G network. It offers super fast 4G LTE connectivity to access the mobile internet. Including Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/r, A-GPS, and micro USB 2.0 that is the most expected connectivity in a mid-range phone. While NFC, USB-C, and wireless charging are only available for the higher phone or flagship model. If you’re a Samsung Pay user, this phone doesn’t fill your requirement.

Battery Life

A non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery keeps Galaxy Halo powered up for hours with moderate usage. You can browse the internet, listen to the music, watch movies and chat with friends without worrying about charging. According to the Samsung official website, playing music endlessly can last up to 156 hours. Even in standby mode, the phone can last up to two weeks.

Wrap-up

Even though Samsung Galaxy Halo is a rebranded version of Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx, the specs and design are a worth to have. By having this phone, you can also drown in nostalgia about the plastic-feel material and round corner of the phenomenal Samsung design.

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