Similar to Xiaomi, Samsung has a number of different smartphone lines that are used to serve different purposes. Some are aimed a specific price points, others are targeted for certain markets, and they have multiple in the high-end section. The company introduced the Galaxy J back in 2013 as a mid-range series. The original Galaxy J launched with 3GB of RAM, while the company’s J7, which released 2 years later, had 512MB of RAM. It’s rare for us to see even the biggest smartphone OEM push out two major version updates to mid-range and low-end devices, but you can now download the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware for the SM-J727P variant of the Galaxy J7.
There are multiple variants of the Galaxy J7, so if you own one you may want to hold onto your excitement for now. Samsung has been releasing smartphones with the Galaxy J7 name since 2015 with model numbers such as SM-J700, SM-J710, SM-G610, etc. The variant that we now have Android 8.1 Oreo download files for is the model number SM-J727P. This is actually the Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, and US Cellular version that comes with the Snapdragon 625 chipset from Qualcomm.
According to the firmware database over at SamMobile, this device has received three updates so far this year and they have all been based on Android 7.0 Nougat. The latest of these updates has a build date of last month too so while we have the download files for Android 8.1 Oreo for this Galaxy J7, it’s unclear exactly when the update will begin to roll out. This new update has been uploaded and published in our Galaxy J7 forum thanks to XDA Recognized Developer and Contributor deadman96385 and comes in two different versions.
You could download the full ROM if you’d like, but deadman96385 has also provided us with a 4 ROM download link as well. The details of this new firmware update for the Galaxy J7 are as follows:
- Android 8.1
- Samsung Experience: 9.5
- Security patch level: Aug 2018
- No Treble
- Build date: Aug 23rd
deadman96385 says he has tested it on their device already and tells us that if you want to flash magisk you will need to format your data again after flashing it. Then you will need to manually patch it with Magisk Manager after booting up for it will work properly.
Download this update in our Galaxy J7 forum