Samsung Galaxy C5: Good Looks with Good Features
The Samsung Galaxy C5 is a new mid-ranged smartphone that came up a few months ago,and now, it is expecting a launch in India as well. This 2016 model is much like the iPhone 6S in design but offers Android. But, is the Apple smartphone-resembling Android device worth buying? We have to check into the Samsung Galaxy C5 specs to know for sure. So, let us start with a quick review of its specs and features.
Design and Display:
The Galaxy C5 features a full metal (aluminium) body with curved glass in the front. This device was the first one to feature a full-metal body since the launch of the first Galaxy S series of phones by Samsung.
Looking at the device’s design closely, one can find that the curved edges and highlighted antenna band resembles that seen in the HTC One or iPhone 6S phones. Nonetheless, it gets its own unique design features like the bulging camera in the centre. The physical home button as seen in Samsung phones is also present at the bottom of the screen and it is also a fingerprint scanner. The curved glass is a scratch-resistant one. The device comes in metallic grey, silver, gold and rose gold versions. The phone also offers LED light for notification which is a feature usually seen in Galaxy S series of smartphones.
The display comprises of a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with 424 ppi pixel density. Screen offers an uncompromising quality that is a signature seen in all the latest Samsung smartphones. Its 2.5D curved display delivers a seamless multi-touch capacitive experience.
The Samsung Galaxy C5 boasts a Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617 Octa-core chipset (comprising of 4×1.5 GHz Cortex A-53 and 4×1.2 GHz Cortex A-53) with 4GB of RAM. This high-end chipset enables it to perform multitasking efficiently. The device also offers Adreno 405 for its graphics processing unit. However, there was lagging witnessed when dealing with high-end graphic games such as the NBA 2K16. The game seems to lag when played at the highest graphic preferences. To play such games you might have to lower the graphics. Still the other apps are able to run smoothly thanks to the 4 GB of RAM.
Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy C5 features Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) OS which also boasts the new UI by Samsung. This new UI offers features like drop-down menu, battery optimization, security coverage, and hiding of app launcher. Updates on a new Android OS version in Samsung devices is frequent so users can expect an update for Android 7.0 in this device as well. But, no official announcement has been available till now.
Camera and Storage:
Taking a look at the camera, the Samsung Galaxy C5 sports a 16 MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture and 8 MP front-facing selfie shooter with an f/1.9 aperture as well. This camera is similar to the ones found in the latest Galaxy A9 Pro. Quality-wise, the device has improved over the previous cameras found in J and A series of phones. Sharper images are expected while maintaining saturated colours in the display. One weakness in the device is that lacking optical image stabilization which could have improved its low-light shooting as well. Besides that, you will be able to shoot [email protected] fps using the primary camera.
The smartphone has two variants namely, 32 GB and 64 GB. Moreover, users will be able to expand the memory up to 256 GB which can be done using the SIM 2 slot. So, you will have to sacrifice a secondary SIM slot for the storage.
Battery and Connectivity:
When it comes to battery, you are about to face disappointment. With just 2600mAh battery, the device just offers 3 hours of screen on duration after moderate amount of usage. With 2A Fast Adaptive charger lets the device charge from 0 to 100% in 1.5 hours.
Connectivity options comprise of microUSB v2.0, NFC, Radio, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE etc. Connectivity in the device is the usual as seen in most Samsung devices including the sensors like light, proximity, accelerometer, compass, but no gyroscope which could ruin the Virtual Reality experience for some users.
Taking a look at the above specs, we can say that the device is great when it comes to features and storage. Battery charging is fast but does drain quickly even on moderate usage. The camera is good but not great like seen in the flagship devices like the Galaxy S7. The expected Galaxy C5 price in India is Rs.23000. So, if you prefer to buy a device that looks like an iPhone but offers an equally great brand name with Android, then this is the choice for you.