TP-LINK Neffos C5 Smartphone Review

Page 6 : Neffos C5 Overall Performance, Gaming Performance, Our Verdict

Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

Neffos C5 AnTuTu results

Neffos C5 honor 5X
TOTAL SCORE 31406 38457
3D SCORE 3157 5298
– 3D (Garden) 2084 3522
– 3D (Marooned) 1073 1776
UX SCORE 12363 15512
– UX Data Secure 4094 4477
– UX Data Process 2043 2352
– UX Strategy Games 2156 2645
– UX Image Process 2229 2593
– UX I/O Performance 1841 3445
CPU SCORE 11463 13957
– CPU Mathematics 2577 3046
– CPU Common Use 3931 4555
– CPU Multi-Core 4955 6356
RAM 4423 3690

The Neffos C5 did pretty well in this test. After all, it is only powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735. In comparison, the honor 5X (Amazon) is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616. with the more powerful Adreno 405 GPU.


Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Neffos C5’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Extreme test.

Neffos C5 3DMark results

Neffos C5 Alcatel Flash 2 honor 5X
Gaming Score 3163 4549 5543
Graphics 2708 3966 5046
Physics 7690 9365 8460
Graphics Test 1 15.3 fps 22.3 fps 27.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 9.6 fps 14.0 fps 18.3 fps
Physics Test 24.4 fps 29.7 fps 26.9 fps

As a low-cost smartphone, it comes to no surprise that the Neffos C5 isn’t terribly good at gaming. Not only does it only have 4 CPU cores, it only comes with the ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU running at 450 MHz. It’s good enough for 2D games though.


Our Verdict

The Neffos C5 is TP-LINK’s first attempt to penetrate the smartphone market with an affordable smartphone. Launched with a recommended retail price of just RM 539 / US$ 135, this is a smartphone that everyone can afford.

To keep costs low, TP-LINK opted for a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC, a HD display and a relatively small battery. But they focused on what really counts – an IPS panel for the display, 2 GB of RAM and pretty decent cameras.

TP-LINK Neffos C5 in hand

Even though the MediaTek MT6735 is rather dated, it held up well in our benchmarks. It’s really fast enough for basic smartphone tasks and 2D gaming. Even its small 2,200 mAh battery did better than expected, delivering almost 10 hours of non-stop usage!

Thanks to its IPS panel, it has a bright and sharp display with wide viewing angles. It is even protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The only downside? It doesn’t have an oleophobic coating, so it smears at the touch of your fingertip!

Its main camera was a bit of a mixed bag. The main camera takes pretty decent pictures, with pretty good control of the exposure and white balance. However, the videos it records suffer from auto-focus issues and a lack of image stabilisation.

Overall, the Neffos C5 is a decent debut effort by TP-LINK – an affordable, no-fuss 5″ Android smartphone. It will have a tough time though distinguishing itself from the plethora of similar affordable Android smartphones out there.


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