Samsung is the leading seller of smartphones in the world thanks to the fact that it has saturated the market with a wide range of devices that offer almost the same capabilities but are differentiated by names.
Last year saw new series’ of Samsung Galaxy phones show up – Samsung Galaxy A, Samsung Galaxy J, and this year, Samsung Galaxy C has joined the party. For many smartphone buyers, this is extremely confusing, especially since these phones almost look like twins when looked at from a distance.
If you are in the market for a new Samsung phone and are torn between leaving the store with a new Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) or the newly released Samsung Galaxy C5. Well, here’s is a look at these two phones in terms of what they bring to the smartphone market.
Samsung had hit the jackpot with its new Galaxy J series. There is no doubt that these phones had caught the attention of mid-range buyers, something that is set to end in turmoil thanks to the release of Samsung Galaxy C5. There are reports that the company is aiming this phone at the Chinese market, but other reports point towards an international availability sooner than later, with regions like India being in consideration.
The new phone is a pound for pound match when out head to head with Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016). However, it is slightly lighter and slimmer, with some people going nuts over the fact that the phone looks very close to Apple’s iPhone. The phone is built of metal, but the rear is slightly curved to give the user an ample time holding the phone in one hand.
Coming down to the design, specs, and features, these two phones are almost identical. With this case, it is possible that Samsung Galaxy C5 might eat into a market that Samsung Galaxy J7 had already established from last year. While you get two processor options on the Galaxy J7 (2016), the Galaxy C5 has only pone offering. The former has an octa-core Exynos 7580 SoC in one variant, which appears to be an upgraded version of last year’s octa-core Exynos 7420 used on the flagship Galaxy S6 and Note 5. The other variant gets a Snapdragon 615 SoC, which seems to be slightly lower when compared to the Snapdragon 617 SoC used on the Galaxy C5. Furthermore, the Galaxy C5 offers more RAM of 4GB as opposed to the 2GB used on the Galaxy J7 (2016).
Camera-wise, you will be getting much better photos from the Galaxy C5 as opposed to the Galaxy J7 (2016). While the latter is packed with a 13MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera, the former comes with a main camera of 16MP and a selfie camera of 8MP. Both handsets’ lenses have an aperture of f/1.9, autofocus, and an LED flash, but is only the Galaxy J7 (2016) that comes with an LED flash on the selfie camera.
On other hardware matters, you will get a slightly larger screen size of 5.5 inches on Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) as compared to the 5.2-inches offered on the Galaxy C5. However, the latter has a better 1080p Full HD panel as compared to the 720p HD panel you get on the former. However, you will be sure of a longer battery life on the J7 (2016) thanks to the 3300mAh battery unit as compared to what you get on Galaxy C5’s 2600mAh unit.
You only get 16GB of onboard storage on the Galaxy J7 (2016), which comes at a cost of about $315. But this can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. On the contrary, there are two storage options on the Galaxy C5 – 32GB and 64GB – and they vary in cost, ranging from about $335 to $365. In addition, you get a microSD card slot that can accommodate up to 128GB.
There is no doubt that Samsung Galaxy C5 is a super mid-range phone. But does this justify its price tag, especially when players such as Oppo, Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo, ASUS and Lenovo also have great devices at even better prices in the offering? Only time will tell.