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Samsung Galaxy On Nxt unboxing and first impressions: the J7 Prime's online avatar with double the storage

|October 20, 2016 |Android Phones, Samsung, First impressions, Unboxing

"The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt is a Flipkart exclusive"

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While Samsung’s flagship Note7 has costed the company several billion dollars, the company is doing what it can to not let that affect its budget lineup. The new Samsung On Nxt joins the ranks of Galaxy J5 prime, J7 Prime (first impressions) and On8 launched last month as an affordable smartphone offering. In fact, the On Nxt seems to be an exact replica of the J7 Prime, except for the fact that the former comes with double the storage at 32GB and is exclusively available online. Here are our first impressions for the same.

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Inside the box, users will be greeted with the device along with standard documentation, a wall charger with a USB cable and a SIM ejector tool. The retail unit of the smartphone also ships with a pair of headphones which is a welcome sight. 

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Taking a look at the specifications first, the Samsung Galaxy On NxT features a unibody metal design and a 5.5-inch full HD TFT display. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos chipset and comes with 3GB of RAM for multi-tasking.

The 32GB internal memory on the Galaxy On NxT can be upgraded to 256GB via a microSD card slot. The dual-SIM smartphone features a pair of 13MP and 8MP sensors on the back and the front respectively and also comes with a fingerprint sensor up front. Backing the device is a 3,300mAh battery.

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Being a metal-clad smartphone, the On Nxt has a tendency to slip from the hands. The handset feels premium however, and weighty as well. The sleek metallic finish of the smartphone gives it a premium finish and adds to its build quality. The port placement on the phone is pretty standard too with the power button and volume rockers on the right and left of the device respectively. Below the volume rockers is a nano-SIM card slot and a separate tray which accepts a nano-SIM and a microSD card. Suffice it to say, the On Nxt is a good-looking smartphone and we don’t have any complaints in the design department.

While some might say that the display won't be sharp enough as the technology behind it is TFT and not Super AMOLED, that is not the case. In our brief usage with the phone, the display seemed sharp and vibrant and reproduced colours well. Having tested it indoors, we can’t fully comment on the sunlight legibility of the device but being a reflective display, the On Nxt will definitely face some issues when operated in broad daylight. The device performed fairly well and responded well to all our swipes and touches. Switching between apps was also a breeze, however, you’ll have to wait for our full review before we pass our verdict on the performance of the smartphone.

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Fans of vanilla Android OS will be disappointed as the device runs TouchWiz UI on top of Android Marshmallow which is a staple of any Samsung smartphone. However, the device ships with little to no bloatware which was a welcome sight.

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The camera app on the Galaxy On Nxt won’t baffle returning Samsung owners. The camera UI has been kept fairly simplistic for the most part and in the short time we used the device, we found the shutter speed to be more than adequate. The picture quality and details captured were promising but we’ll refrain from putting a final say until we have reviewed the device.

The smartphone comes with a 3,300mAh battery which is the same as the one found on the Galaxy J7 prime. The battery life should last an average user a full day with an option to prolong it using the phone’s default battery saver modes. The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt comes with standard connectivity options along with support for 4G VoLTE.

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Interested buyers will have to shell out Rs 18,490 for the phone and at this price, the smartphone will be competing against Lenovo Z2 Plus (first impressions) and its own sibling, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime.



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