Samsung Galaxy C5 Pro
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At the price, with its successor already being released, we would ask you to give the C5 pro a skip, honestly. Within the INR 20000 price range, there are tons of other options to be explored in the midrange segment, and even though the C5 pro offers pretty competitive specifications, the phone just doesn’t scream ‘Buy me!’ to us or anyone else.
Running on an outdated Android 7.0 Nougat, with 4 GB of RAM and a quad-core Snapdragon 626, the phone delivers satisfactory performance, and the super AMOLED screen enhances the experience by a fair bit. 64 GB internal storage can be expanded using the hybrid SIM slot, up to 256 GB.
So, if you are looking to shell out INR 20000 on a mobile phone, you’re better off skipping the C5 pro. There are plenty of other fish in the sea, and even if you are hellbent on getting a Samsung device, consider other options.
For about INR 20000, the C5 pro presents itself as a more than capable midrange handset, although not the most value for money device out there. The company has since released its successor, the C7 Pro, for a similar price range, but in this review, we are going to focus on the 2017 C5 pro.
The specifications on paper seem decent enough to get the job done. All required connectivity options and sensors find their way onto the phone, and the front mounted fingerprint sensor is quite fast to work with.
A premium-esque design is what Samsung has aimed at while designing the C5 pro. To an extent, they have been successful. The phone looks quite impressive for a midrange segment handset, and the front glass, aluminium body feels good to hold in the hand.
The phone might appear to be a bit smaller than other phones, because of the slightly lesser screen size of 5.2 inches, but this is in no way a negative of the design. The device is pretty light, coming in at 145 g.
Displays are what Samsung has always been known for in their phones, and the C5 pro does not disappoint. The 5.2-inch, 1920 by 1080 full HD super AMOLED display is crisp, clear and vibrant. Owing to the smaller screen size, the full HD resolution makes the display look amazing, and a pixel density coming in at a whopping 424 pixels per inch is the icing on the cake.
The screen is very clear and bright, viewing angles are solid enough to get by, and the screen to body ratio of 71.2 percent is also good. Multimedia consumption on this device should really be a joy.
The C5 Pro is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 626 processor, clocking in at 2.2 GHz. Couple that with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, and you have yourself a device that should, at least on paper, perform as smooth as the OnePlus 2 did.
Performance is satisfactory considering the specs, and games should not be a problem on low-ish settings. Multitasking is also pretty fast, although the older Android version does grind our gears a little bit. Still, considering that the device was released back in 2017, it offers a decent amount of power for what it packs under the hood.
The rear of the phone houses a 16 MP shooter with autofocus, and an f/1.9 aperture. The camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos at 30 fps, which is to be expected in almost every phone these days. A dual LED dual tone flash is somewhat of a nice addition, and the camera houses other standard features such as panorama and HDR. The front camera is also of 16 MP, and an f/1.9 aperture. Camera performance on both the front and rear camera is good, with pictures in bright light looking sharp and vibrant.
A non-removable lithium-ion battery powers the Galaxy C5 pro. The battery capacity is listed at about 2600 mAh, which is a bit on the lower side. Do not be surprised if the phone does not last a day on regular usage since these devices are notorious battery hoggers. Couple that with the low battery capacity, and you might find yourself running around looking for a charger more often than not. A lack of fast charging support is also a bit of a problem area. The phone has a USD type C charging port, which is fast becoming a norm in phones.
The Samsung Galaxy C5 pro is a device that would have been one of the phones to look out for in the market, probably if it had been released about a year before it was. More than a year on from its release, the phone is by no means a bad one, but it just does not represent enough value for money to make you buy the device. Even if you want a Samsung phone, you are better off getting the successor, the C7 Pro, for a similar or even lesser price than the C5 pro. The final word on this phone would be to give it a pass.