Samsung has unveiled the much-hyped Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7. The devices are already up for pre-orders in China and are scheduled to hit the stores in the country on June 17 but it is still unclear if they will be released in the international market.
There were reports that the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7 will be exclusive for the Chinese market but it appears like they will also be launched in other countries, including India, perhaps at a later date. The Galaxy C5 with model number SM-C5000 has been spotted on Zauba, a website that tracks imports and exports in India, giving a hint that it could be released outside China.
But will the devices find takers in a price-conscious market like India?
The Galaxy C5 is priced at 2199 Yuan (around $335/ Rs. 22,500) for the 32GB variant, and 2399 Yuan (around $365/ Rs. 24,500) for the 64GB model, while the Galaxy C7 32GB version comes with a price tag of 2599 Yuan (around $396/ Rs. 26,600), and 2799 Yuan (around $427/ Rs. 28,600) for the 64GB variant.
It is not known for sure if the South Korean electronics giant will release the handsets in India, but if released, it may cost over Rs. 20,000, which means it will have to compete with some of the popular devices like the Xiaomi Mi 5, OnePlus 2, and LG Nexus 5X. From the point of view of specifications, the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7 are inferior to some of the devices in Rs. 20,000-Rs. 25,000 bracket, which will be make their prospect in the emerging markets thin.
With so many mid-range smartphones like the Moto G4 Plus, OnePlus X, Galaxy J5 (2016), Galaxy J7 (2017) and others available in the market, the fate of the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7, if released in India, could be left to the mercy of choosy consumers.
The Galaxy C5 sports a 5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with 1,920×1,080 pixels (424 ppi pixel density), powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. It houses an Adreno 405 GPU, and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It also comes with a 32GB/64GB internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card), a 16MP main camera with f/1.9 aperture, an 8MP front-snapper with f/1.9 aperture, and a 2600mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
On the other hand, the Galaxy C7 sports a 5.7-inch full HD super AMOLED screen with 1,920x1,080 pixels. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, a 32/64GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), a 4GB RAM, a 16MP main camera with f/1.9 aperture, an 8MP front-snapper with f/1.9 aperture, and a 3,300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.