The new Samsung Galaxy C5 plays in the best bang for the buck category and it makes for the latest member of the Galaxy family, being a relatively impressive droid considering the price tag vs the tech specs.
Samsung’s new C line boasts a slim and impeccably crafted metal chassis, being an incremental upgrade over last year’s generation, especially in terms of hardware, whilst the design remained pretty much the same. The current generation is composed of the C5, C7 and C9, the former being today’s star and also the cheapest of the bunch, though these babies actually share most of their hardware.
Design wise, they’re pretty much the same, almost identical, with the sole difference being the chip-set architecture. I must admit it though, the Samsung Galaxy C5 is a real looker, reminding me of the HTC A9 or even the iPhone 6s, and that’s absolutely great in my view. Even if originality is not its strongest attribute, the Samsung Galaxy C5 is a charming smartphone by any metrics. You’ll definitely fall in love by the gorgeous rear panel and the sturdy metal chassis which features an uni-body design, including a matte finish that’s smudge/finger print resistant, all built with Samsung’s obsessive attention to detail.
Generally speaking, Samsung rarely disappoints with regard to display quality and the C5 is no exception to that rule. The Galaxy C5 falls into “near phablet” territory with its 5.2 inches wide Super AMOLED display of full HD 1080p resolution. The screen is excellent, with punchy colors and high contrast, offering a great 421 pixels per inch density and impeccable sunlight legibility. Everything is at superlative considering that the C5 is a mid-ranged droid, all images look sharp and sort of punchy, which is the main characteristic of AMOLED displays.
Color accuracy is equally impressive too, meaning that Samsung takes color calibration seriously and also that it constantly works at improving its displays.
Connectivity wise,the smartphone is equipped with twin nano SIM slots, of which one is a hybrid, meaning that you can use it as a micro SD card or for a second line via SIM card. LTE connectivity is capped at Cat. 4 which translates into 150 MB /second, despite the fact that the chip-set has an X8 modem inside, being rated for Cat.7 and that’s pretty weird.
Naturally, there’s Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 with ANT+ support, NFC (Samsung Pay compatible) and a micro USB 2.0 port which comes with USB on the go. Samsung did not forget to put an FM Radio on board for your listening pleasure and that’s a nice touch in this writer’s opinion.
The Galaxy C5 comes with a 2600 mAh non-removable battery under the rear panel which has an endurance rating of 75 hours. That’s pretty good for a mid ranged droid, meaning that you’ll get 2 days of power on a single charge even if you’re a hard-core user, else you can use it for up to three days under moderate usage.
The C5 arrives pre-loaded with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box , boasting Samsung’s in house made Touch Wiz user interface on top, which takes the clutter down to a minimum so to speak, with just a hint of bloatware and all things nicely organized.
Being a mid-ranger, one should not expect miracles from the C5, yet the smartphone has enough power under the hood to make it through the day with flying colors. The droid runs on an octa core chip set architecture, a Snapdragon 617 respectively, working together with an Adreno 405 GPU and a plentiful 4 GB of RAM.
The camera is a 16 MP main snapper with an f/1.9 aperture lens, helped by a dual tone led flash. The sensor is made by Samsung and I am talking about the S5K3P3, which offers a pretty good camera experience. The selfie shooter is an 8 MP variety and both snappers are capable of video recording at full HD 1080p resolution.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for a mid ranged droid which is basically an iPhone lookalike only way more cheaper, with an excellent screen, decent battery life, superb build quality and average performance, the C5 is the droid you’re looking for, especially if you catch it at a discount.