Including bigger battery capacity, wider display, and beefier internal hardware, will choosing the Samsung Galaxy C7 be a better option than the Galaxy C5? What’s the difference aside from tho obvious features? Let’s find out if which is a better metal mid-ranged Android Smartphone from the camera towards speed in performance in our comparison and in-depth review.
Design and build
Sharing the rounded and all metal exterior of the back covering, the only difference between the two is the size. The Galaxy C7 is a larger version of the Galaxy C5, thanks to the wider 5.7-inch curve display and extra battery battery. The rest are identical including the ports positioning and hybrid microSD and dual-SIM card tray.
A faster chipset aside on the side of the bigger sibling, the fingerprint scanners on either devices are as snappy and as quick to respond.
Both these models are also the first mid-range offerings from Samsung that sports LED notifications, which a nifty feature.
With a taller and wider footprint, the Galaxy C7 may be a challenge for one-handed use over its more compact sibling the C5. But if you’re considering longer battery life and marginally better performance then the extra heft will be a worthy consideration.
The lighter C5 will be employing a 5.2 inch scratch-resistant panel for protection compared to 5.7 inches on the almost phablet brother. Underneath will entail a decent 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED display rocking a familiar affair to the Galaxy S series that sports bright, saturated, and colorful displays.
On a technicality, images on the C5 will be ‘sharper’ since the screen on the C7 is stretched by .5 inches but the difference is hardly noticeable o the naked eye.
The same 16MP f1.9 sensor can be found on either shooters with fairly close still photos and video capablities. There will be bit of white balance and color variations during broad daylight while night shooting comes really loose including the poor noise level control. Colors come out pleasing to the eyes despite the slight oversaturation.
The 8MP selfie cameras on the two take bland and bright portrait shots which some of the audience may like while others may be disappointed due to the over processing effect– a common feature on most Samsung cameras.
Video recording will max out at 1080p without the aid of image stabilization, details and colors are acceptably decent when taken on broad daylight and will be barely okay to struggling when capturing in low light scenarios due to the fudgy and funky processing and mediocre noise handling.
Performance and benchmark
While both run on the same Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and latest TouchWiz UI, the Galaxy C7 will be the more powerful of the two. The beefier sibling comes powered by a capable Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, with Adreno 506 graphics processing. The more timid Galaxy C5 comes with an older octa-core processor and 4GB RAM thru the Snapdragon 617 where half of the cores are clocked at a slower speed and graphics processing comes dated.
There’s a speed difference in terms of actual performance and day to day tasks with bigger Galaxy being slightly faster and scoring higher Antutu benchmarks as expected.
Battery and charging
Aside from a more capable hardware, the Galaxy C7 will be packing more juice with 700mAh extra cell capacity. This difference translates to more than a day battery life on the Galaxy C7 and barely a day for the C5.
Both units will charge on the fly being supported by Samsung’s Fast Adaptive charging technology. The smaller battery pack of Galaxy C5 can be filled for less than 1 hour and 25 minutes while it took 1 hour 35 minutes for the bigger Galaxy.
Surprisingly, despite the difference in size, both mono speakers sound averagely loud and a bit tinny treble and bass. The FM Radio makes up for the lack of built-in high-res audio.
Pricing and Verdict
The Galaxy C5 is the more compact version that has the same camera capabilities, the same premium look and feel, and will be the cheapest compared to its bigger sibling. The Galaxy C7’s longer battery life, wider display, and faster processor altogether will be the highlights of the bigger brother.
For P18,480 or about $420 USD, you’ll get a Galaxy C7 with 64GB storage while the Galaxy C5 retails for P15,500 or $340 price with 32GB storage and the same 4GB RAM capacity. Both are already available thru Widget City and official Samsung pricing may vary (higher) once officially launched here in the Philipines and other countries like India and the USA.
So which phone is a better buy for you? The price difference of about P3,000 will be worth the phone you are getting. The only big downside is the unwieldy size. It will still be a matter of personal preference for most that are still undecided yet. Which Galaxy C-series are you planning to buy? Let’s know in the comments section below.
Samsung Galaxy C7
Samsung Galaxy C5
|Display||5.7-inch 1080p FHD display AMOLED, 386 ppi||5.2-inch 1080p FHD display AMOLED, 424 ppi|
|Design||Metal + Curved Glass||Metal + Curved Glass|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 625 (2016 mid-range chip)||Snapdragon 617 (2016 mid-range chip)|
|CPU||Octa-core Cortex A53 @ 2.0GHz speed||Octa-core Cortex A53 @ 1.5GHz speed|
|Chipset||Adreno 506 graphics||Adreno 405 graphics|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage, hybrid microSD card slot||4GB, 32GB/64GB internal storage, hybrid microSD card|
|Camera||16MP f1.9, dual tone LED flash, 1080p video||16MP f1.9, dual tone LED flash, 1080p video|
|Selfie||8MP f1.9||8MP f1.9|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC||Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi a, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC|
|Security||Fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, TouchWiz UI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, TouchWiz UI|
|Battery||3300mAh battery capacity||2600mAh battery capacity|
|Ports and charging||microUSB 2.0, Fast Charging||microUSB 2.0, Fast Charging|
|Audio||Mono speaker, standard||Mono speaker, standard|
|Release Date||August 2016 availability in the Philippines||July 2016 availability in the Philippines|
|Official price||P18,480 SRP for 64GB model (US$420) in Widget City||P15,490 to P17,490 for 32GB/64GB model (US$350 to $380) in Widget City|