Does C stand for class? Color, maybe? China exclusivity? Cool cameras? We could try to guess all day, and if we were mean, we’d add “clone” to the list, since the newly announced Galaxy C5 in Beijing looks eerily similar to recent and semi-recent flagships from certain rival companies (cough, HTC, cough, Apple, cough), and almost nothing like Samsung’s own S7 or A-series mid-rangers.
Robust metal replaces shiny glass on the 5.2-incher’s back, with distinctive antenna lines left to stick out like a sore thumb. The clean, bells and whistles-free, slim-bezeled front panel tries to save the overall artistic impression, featuring just a customary top center Samsung logo and low-key physical home button capable of doubling as a fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy C5 joins the ranks of Samsung Pay-enabled phones for secure, convenient on-the-go transactions, and its color palette includes businessy-looking gray and silver, as well as fun and splashy gold and pink gold (don’t call it rose gold).
Due to a razor-thin 6.7mm profile, the upper mid-ranger can’t pack an extremely large battery, though the Full HD screen and octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor should be frugal enough to allow the 2,600 mAh cell to keep the lights on for a satisfactory amount of time.
The rest of the specifications are, as rumored, quite remarkable for a non-flagship model, including 4GB RAM, up to 64GB internal storage, 16 and 8MP cameras, microSD support, and pre-loaded Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
The final puzzle piece also falls into place today, namely pricing, with the Galaxy C5 already up for pre-orders in China starting at the equivalent of $335. That’s not as crazy affordable as once speculated, but it’s still relatively on-par with what the metal beaut brings to the table from a hardware standpoint. Oddly enough, its big brother remains under wraps though.