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TP-LINK Neffos C5 Max Revealed

TP-LINK Neffos C5 Max Smartphone Revealed

On June 28, 2016, TP-LINK announced the latest addition to its Neffos C5 family of smartphones – the Neffos C5 Max. With a 5.5″ display, it is literally the largest and most premium model in the Neffos C5 family of smartphones. Let’s check it out!

 

Neffos C5 Family

You might be wondering what’s the difference between the three Neffos C5 models. For your convenience, here is a specification comparison of all three models :

SpecificationsNeffos C5 MaxNeffos C5Neffos C5L
Display5.5" IPS Full HD display (1080 x 1920)5.0" IPS HD display (720 x 1280)4.5" FWVGA display (480 x 854)
Platform (SoC)MediaTek MT6753MediaTek MT6735Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909)
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A7 (1.1 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720 MP3ARM Mali-T720 MP2ARM Adreno 304
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1Android 5.1Android 5.1.1
Memory2 GB2 GB1 GB
Storage16 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
16 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
8 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
CameraFront : 5 MP
Rear : 13 MP with dual-tone LED flash and f/2.0 lens
Front : 5 MP
Rear : 8 MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front : 2 MP
Rear : 8 MP with LED flash
NetworkLTE FDD Cat4 (150/50 Mbps)
DC-HSPA+ (42/11 Mbps)
LTE FDD Cat4 (150/50 Mbps)
DC-HSPA+ (42/11 Mbps)
Connectivity802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.0
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual StandbyDual SIM, Dual StandbyDual SIM, Dual Standby
Battery3045 mAh lithium-ion battery2200 mAh lithium-ion battery2000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions76 mm wide
152 mm high
8.95 mm thick
72 mm wide
144 mm high
8.8 mm thick
67.7 mm wide
136 mm high
10.15 mm thick
Weight161 g141 g154 g
Available ColoursPearl White / Dark GreyPearl White / Dark GreyPearl White / Dark Grey

 

Neffos C5 Max Launch

Hugo Cai, Country Manager of TP-LINK Malaysia began the Neffos C5 Max with a speech, followed by the launch gambit.

Also present were Robert Hu, Regional Manager of Neffos Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa; CM Loo, ECS Senior Marketing Manager; and Bruce Lim, 11street Vice President for Merchandising.

Next Page > Neffos C5 Max Revealed, Key Features, Price & Availability

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Neffos C5 Max Revealed

In this video, Martin Zhu, Product Director of the Neffos Mobile Phone Division, reveals the key features of the Neffos C5 Max smartphone :


 

Neffos C5 Max Key Features

Clarity Redefined

The Neffos C5 Max sports a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display which offers crystal clear picture quality. Equipped with high definition LCD technology, the display outperforms anytime with 178 degrees of impeccable clarity and boasts an impressive 1600:1 contrast ratio, providing users an immersive visual experience that is more brighter, sharper and defined.

 

Built To Last and Designed For Powerful Performance

Powered by a powerful MediaTek MT6753 octa-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 64bit processor and an ARM Mali-T720 MP3 GPU, the Neffos C5 Max is designed to provide users with a seamless mobile experience, whether for work or play.

This smartphone is also packed with 16GB of internal flash storage and 2GB of RAM, to allow users to seamlessly switch between multiple applications when on the go.

The Neffos C5 Max’s exterior is as powerful as its internal processor; with a built-in Corning Gorilla Glass 2 that is highly scratch resistant which increases the durability of the phone and enhances the touch interface experience.

 

Picture Perfect Camera

The Neffos C5 Max is equipped with a rear 13MP camera that captures beautiful, precise and detailed shots. With the camera’s large F2.0 aperture and dual LED flash, the Neffos C5 Max allows for extraordinary photos to be taken even in low-light environments.

The front-facing 5MP wide-angle lens, meanwhile, makes it possible for users to take endless we-fies and selfies with their loved ones, and capture their best moments through day to night.

 

A Personalized Mobile Experience

Combined with the highly customizable Android 5.1, the Neffos C5 Max features smart technology to simplify one’s life with a personalized interface, providing natural, colourful, effortless operations.

Consumers have the option of using the Smart Screenshot to capture multiple screenshots in one extended shot or awake their inner artist by drawing on their photos, make use of the different artistic filters on the Super Camera feature, and capturing perfect portraits with the Beautify Selfie mode.

 

Neffos C5 Max Price & Availability

The Neffos C5 Max is priced at RM699 / ~US$175 and comes in two sleek finishes – Pearl White and Dark Grey.

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TP-LINK Neffos C5 Smartphone Review

TP-LINK may be the largest global manufacturer of WiFi networking products, but they aren’t resting on their laurels. Instead of fighting for an even bigger share of the same pie, they decided to branch out into the smartphone market with the Neffos C5 and Neffos C5L smartphones in March of 2016.

At that time, the Neffos C5 was considered to be quite a decent entry-level smartphone. Priced at just RM 539 / US$ 135, it offers quite a lot of features in a 5″ smartphone. Today, we are going to take a look at the TP-LINK Neffos C5 and see how it stacks up against the competition.

But first, let’s compare the specifications of the Neffos C5 against the lower-end Neffos C5L.

 

Neffos C5 & C5L Specification Comparison

SpecificationsNeffos C5 SmartphoneNeffos C5L Smartphone
Display5.0" IPS HD display (720 x 1280)4.5" FWVGA display (480 x 854)
Platform (SoC)MediaTek MT6735Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A7 (1.1 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720 MP2 (450 MHz)ARM Adreno 304
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1Android 5.1.1
Memory2 GB1 GB
Storage16 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
8 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
CameraFront : 5 MP
Rear : 8 MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front : 2 MP
Rear : 8 MP with LED flash
NetworkLTE FDD Cat4 (150/50 Mbps)
DC-HSPA+ (42/11 Mbps)
Connectivity802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.0
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
Battery2200 mAh lithium-ion battery2000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions72 mm wide
144 mm high
8.8 mm thick
67.7 mm wide
136 mm high
10.15 mm thick
Weight141 g154 g
Available ColoursPearl White / Dark Grey
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Unboxing The Neffos C5

The TP-LINK Neffos C5 comes in a bright purple cardboard box typical of smartphones these days, with the key specifications listed at the bottom. Let’s take a look inside!

When you unpack everything, you will find the following items :

  • One TP-LINK Neffos C5 smartphone
  • One 2,200 mAh (@ 3.8 V) Neffos lithium-ion battery
  • One 5 W Neffos USB charger
  • One set of Quick Start Guide, Warranty Notice and Safety Notice booklets
  • One pair of Neffos earphones
  • One micro-USB cable

Next Page > Neffos C5 Key Features, Inside The Neffos C5, Setting Up The Neffos C5

 

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Neffos C5 Key Features Primer

In this video, we will give you a quick tour of the TP-LINK Neffos C5’s key features.


 

Inside The Neffos C5

Now, let’s take a look INSIDE the Neffos C5. We will show you how to carefully remove the back cover to gain access to the two SIM slots and the microSD card slot. We will also show you how to install the user-removable lithium-ion battery.


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Setting Up The Neffos C5

When you power up the Neffos C5 for the first time, it will take about 52 seconds to boot up. If you set it up as a fresh device, it will take you no more than 5 minutes to complete the initial setup. Check it out!

Next Page > It’s Alive!, Available Memory & Storage, Dual SIM & microSD Slots, Cameras

 

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It’s Alive!

The Neffos C5 has a bright and sharp 5″ IPS display, with a resolution of 720 x 1280. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which offers it significant scratch and shatter resistance. However, it lacks an oleophobic coating, which means it’s very easily smudged.

The Neffos C5 has a polycarbonate back with a smooth matte finish, that is resistant to smudges. As you can see, it fits well in our Asian-sized hand and is small enough for single-handed use. In case you are wondering, it is 7.2 cm wide, 14.4 cm tall and 8.8 mm thick.

 

Available Memory & Storage

The Neffos C5 comes with 2 GB of memory, which is very decent at its price point. About half of that is available for your apps. Plenty enough for multiple apps running at the same time. Very nice.

The Neffos C5 also comes with 16 GB of internal flash memory. Once you deduct 9.65 GB for the Android 5.1 operating system and apps, you have 9.44 GB of free space left to use. That is pretty decent actually, allowing you to store about 2,400 photos, or record 74 minutes of 1080p video.

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Dual SIM & microSD Slots

The Neffos C5 has dual SIM, dual standby capability. It also has a microSD slot that supports microSD cards with capacities up to 32 GB. All three slots are located next to the removable 2,200 mAh battery. Yes, you will need to remove the battery before inserting a SIM card or a microSD card.

 

Cameras

The Neffos C5 has pretty decent cameras for its price point. Its front camera has a 5 MP sensor, while the rear camera has an 8 MP sensor with a dual-tone flash. The rear camera is capable of taking photos with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 and 1080p videos in the 3GP file format.

The camera software is quite limited in its capabilities. It offers a number of filters and 6 scene modes (including HDR). However, you are not given any option to change the camera settings.

Next Page > Neffos C5 Camera Performance, Video Recording Performance

 

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Camera Performance

The Neffos C5’s main camera has pretty decent performance. It has good control of exposure and white balance. Even though there is a fair bit noise in areas that are poorly lit, they only appear on close examination.

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Video Recording Performance

The Neffos C5’s main camera records video only in full HD (1080p) mode. It does not support image stabilisation, as far as we can tell. We offer the following two video recording samples for your perusal.

The first sample is a video recording of an Arabic dance. Even though the Neffos C5 recorded it in 1080p resolution, it appears blur. It seems to have trouble focusing on the subject. The lack of any image stabilisation did not help either, because the C5 was held with one hand.


The second sample is a video recording of ice skaters. This time, we used two hands to stabilise it. The difference is very apparent. However, there still appears to be auto-focusing issues – you can see the camera “seek” many times.

Generally, the Neffos C5’s video recording capabilities were quite disappointing. Recording in full HD is pointless if the camera has trouble focusing. The end result is poor picture quality in high resolution.

Next Page > Neffos C5 Work Performance, Battery Performance & Recharging Speed

 

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Work Performance : PCMark

We tested the Neffos C5‘s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Neffos C5 Alcatel Flash 2 honor 5X
Work Performance Score
(Average)
3624 3816 3898
Web Browsing 4655 4623 3756
Video Playback 2495 2905 4325
Writing 4235 4151 4085
Photo Editing 3505 3804 2614

The Neffos C5 did well in this regard, considering the fact that it is only powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735. In comparison, the Alcatel Flash 2 (Amazon) uses the octa-core MediaTek MT6753, while the honor 5X (Amazon) is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616.

 

Battery Performance – PCMark

We then tested the Neffos C5’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The Neffos C5 did well in this test, lasting 9 hours and 45 minutes. It beat Alcatel Flash 2 (Amazon) by 1.5 hours (18.5%), and the honor 5X (Amazonby 1 hour and 12 minutes (15%).

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Neffos C5 has a removable 2,200 mAh lithium-ion battery, but it does not have Fast Charging capability. In fact, it only comes with a 5 W travel charger. Even so, it was able to recharge its battery pretty quickly.

Our tests showed that the Neffos C5 can recharge its battery from 18% to 100% in just over 156 minutes (2 hours 36 minutes).

Next Page > Neffos C5 Overall Performance, Gaming Performance, Our Verdict

 

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Overall Performance – AnTuTu Benchmark

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

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 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.

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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.

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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Neffos C5 & Neffos C5L Smartphones Revealed

TP-LINK may be the largest global manufacturer of WiFi networking products, but they aren’t resting on their laurels. Instead of fighting for an even bigger share of the same pie, they decided to branch out into the smartphone market with their Neffos C5 and Neffos C5L smartphones.

Yesterday, we were invited to the official launch of the Neffos C5 and Neffos C5L smartphones. At hand was also the Neffos C5 Max smartphone that would be launched shortly as well. Take a look!

Now, let’s take a look at the pictures, videos and specifications of the Neffos C5 & C5L smartphones! We will also show you photos and some specifications of the upcoming Neffos C5 Max smartphone.

 

Neffos C5 Smartphone

The Neffos C5 is an Android 5.1 smartphone that is powered by the quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It has a large 5.0″ IPS display with a HD resolution of 720 x 1280, and weighs just 141 g.

It has a 5 MP front camera, and an 8 MP rear camera with a dual-tone LED flash. In case you run out of storage, you can add a microSD card (up to 32 GB). It has a launch price of RM 539 (~US$ 135). [adrotate banner=”5″]

 

Neffos C5L Smartphone

The Neffos C5L is an Android 5.1.1 smartphone that is powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage. It has a 4.5″ display with a FWVGA resolution of 480 x 854, and weighs 154 g.

It has a 2 MP front camera, and an 8 MP rear camera with an LED flash. In case you run out of storage, you can add a microSD card (up to 32 GB). It has a launch price of just RM 359 (~US$ 90).

Next Page : Neffos C5 & C5L Specification Comparison, Neffos C5 Max, Availability

 

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Neffos C5 & C5L Specification Comparison

Here is a specification comparison of the Neffos C5 & C5L smartphones :

SpecificationsNeffos C5 SmartphoneNeffos C5L Smartphone
Display5.0" IPS HD display (720 x 1280)4.5" FWVGA display (480 x 854)
Platform (SoC)MediaTek MT6735Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909)
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)4 x ARM Cortex-A7 (1.1 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720 MP2 (450 MHz)ARM Adreno 304
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1Android 5.1.1
Memory2 GB1 GB
Storage16 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
8 GB (internal flash storage)
microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
CameraFront : 5 MP
Rear : 8 MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front : 2 MP
Rear : 8 MP with LED flash
NetworkLTE FDD Cat4 (150/50 Mbps)
DC-HSPA+ (42/11 Mbps)
Connectivity802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.2
802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) WiFi
Bluetooth 4.0
Dual SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
Battery2200 mAh lithium-ion battery2000 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions72 mm wide
144 mm high
8.8 mm thick
67.7 mm wide
136 mm high
10.15 mm thick
Weight141 g154 g
Available ColoursPearl White / Dark Grey
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Upcoming Neffos C5 Max

The Neffos C5 Max is an Android 5.1 smartphone that is powered by the octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It has a large 5.5″ IPS display with a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920, and a large 3,405 mAh battery.

It has a 5 MP front camera, and a 13 MP rear camera with a dual-tone LED flash. In case you run out of storage, you can also add a microSD card (up to 32 GB). Its launch price and date has yet to be announced.

 

Availability

Both the Neffos C5 and Neffos C5L will be available in both Pearl White and Dark Grey colours, at RM 539 (~US$ 135) and RM 359 (~US$ 90) respectively from Lazada Malaysia on April 12, 2016 onwards.

 

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