28 May 2016

Samsung Galaxy C5

Following a slew of consistent leaks, Samsung finally took the wraps off its new Galaxy C5 smartphone in China.

The handset comes with mid-range specifications, but it's fashionable metal unibody design makes it look and feel premium. Between the sleek Galaxy S7/S7 edge flagships and the mid-range Galaxy C5, Samsung's plastic days seem a distant memory.

Just a few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy C5 leaked in press renders online, boosting the hype surrounding its sleek design. With the smartphone now official, here's what it has to offer.

In terms of specifications, the handset comes with a 5.2-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and a solid 4 GB of RAM. Other specs include 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage capacity, microSD support for extra locker space, a 16-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel selfie cam, dual-SIM, LTE connectivity and a 2,600 mAh battery to keep everything up and running.

The Samsung Galaxy C5 also has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button, which means that it will also work with the Samsung Pay mobile payments solution.

The smartphone is available in black, gray, pink and gold color options, but only in China for now. The 32 GB version is priced at 2,199 yuan, i.e. roughly $335, while the higher-capacity 64 GB model costs 2,399 yuan, which would translate to roughly $365 based on current exchange rates.

The price seems quite competitive for the specs the Galaxy C5 brings to the table, but that's a must for the Chinese market, as there are plenty of affordable rivals. The handset is now available for preorder, set to start shipping on June 17.

Samsung made no mention yet of a global release, so it remains unclear at this point just when or if the Galaxy C5 will reach other markets outside of China. A recent FCC listing, however, suggests that a U.S. release might not be so far off. If the handset already received FCC certification, it's pretty much ready to hit the market.

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