At a time when Samsung is upselling its Galaxy A phones by introducing them to the metal and glass design that, until recently, could only be seen in Galaxy S-series phones, new Galaxy C series phones, notably the C5 and the C7, could replace A-series phones as the next smartphones in the lower to mid-range phone market.
Samsung unveils Galaxy J5 and J7 smartphones: no Marshmallows in there!
As per Sammobile China, the upcoming C5, listed as SM-C5000, may sport a full metal body with a 5.2 inch display, 4GB of RAM, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 617 processor and the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.
A larger Galaxy C7 is also expected to launch around the same time as the C5. Featuring a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 720p, the phone may also feature a Snapdragon 617 processor, an Adreno 405 GPU, 4GB of RAM, up to 32GB of inbuilt storage, an impressive 3,250 mAh battery and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.
In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 617 chip offers download and upload speeds of 300Mbps and 100Mbps and supports video playback at 60 fps and up to 21MP resolution in the main camera with a Dual Image Sensor (ISP). The chip also comes with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology which allows a phone to charge from 0 to 100 per cent in less than an hour.
Chip comparison: Samsung’s new Exynos 7870 chip vs Snapdragon 617
It is also possible that Samsung may feature its home-grown Exynos 7870 octa-core chip in Galaxy C5 and C7 phones. The chip offers similar performance and power-saving features as the Snapdragon 617 and is 30 per cent more battery efficient than other 28nm chips with the same performance levels. However, none of the leaks so far have mentioned the Exynos 7870 SoC which may mean that Samsung is saving it for future A-series and J-series phones.
Sammobile tips the C5 to launch first in China next month but is silent about the phone's availability in Europe or in other regions. But with an increasing number of phones from China entering the UK in the last twelve months, we may see the C5 and C7 entering the market as strong competitors to existing mid-range devices.
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