Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is a new entry in Samsung’s mid-range line-up. It aims to stand out from the crowd with its ultra-slim metal unibody design and a big 5.7-inch AMOLED display.
The Galaxy C7 Pro has some formidable competition in the form of the segment benchmark — the OnePlus 3T and Samsung’s own Galaxy A5 which comes with IP68 dust and water resistance and premium looks.
So Let’s find out. Does the new Galaxy C7 Pro have what it takes to compete with the formidable OnePlus 3T? Does it do enough to justify the Rs 27,999 price tag?
Overall C7 Pro brings with it a new design language different from other Samsung phones. The C7 Pro, looks very different with its bare metal unibody design. The phone is quite different from the glass and metal Galaxy A5 and A7, which look quite similar to last year’s Galaxy S7.
The C7 pro is a well made phone with a firm grip. The bare metal back and slim tapered edges lend the device a very industrial and sleek look.
The front of the C7 pro looks great. Thanks to the display, which is covered with 2.5D curved glass, which not only looks good but also helps make the C7 a delight to hold in the hand. The smartphone is incredibly slim at just 7mm which makes it easy to hold for long video sessions or phone calls.
The Samsung C7 Pro comes with a 5.7-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080p. While some might be disappointed with the resolution, the display is actually one of the highlights of the smartphone. The display has deep and inky blacks characteristic of AMOLED panels, excellent contrast, above average brightness levels and decent sunlight legibility.
Thanks to the AMOLED panel, the colors are extremely vivid and seem to pop right off the display. Fans of neutral and realistic displays should best stick to a smartphone with an IPS LCD panel though.
In normal day-to-day use, the C7 Pro is fast and snappy . The software is optimised well and even though same lags remain due to its TouchWiz interface, like for example unnecessary animations bogging things down. But, the situation is much improved from Samsung smartphones of the past. What is extremely surprising is the fact that the C7 Pro can occasionally feel faster than the mighty Galaxy S8 when it comes to navigating through UI elements.
While the C7 Pro can handle day to day tasks like web browsing and using social media applications and casual games with aplomb, the mid-range processor does run into some issues while playing heavy duty games such as Modern Combat 5 and when pushing the phone a little. The smartphone slows down considerably under heavy use. The extra gig of RAM as compared to the Galaxy A5 does help in multi-tasking though.
The Galaxy C7 Pro runs on Samsung’s TouchWiz UI running atop Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The lack of Nougat out of the box in 2017 is extremely disappointing.
TouchWiz has improved drastically. It is no longer the slow and clunky skin of old. It is much lighter and faster than previous iterations. However, some old quirks still remain. It is still quite heavy and full of bloat. The multitude of animations present in the software get tiresome after a while and detract from the overall experience.
The Galaxy C7 Pro comes with a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support. The battery life, while not spectacular in any way, is quite respectable. While the smartphone will not wow you with a two day battery life, it does just enough to make sure you don’t run out of charge before reaching home at night.
The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro comes with a 16MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and a dual-LED flash alongside a 16MP camera up front which also has an aperture of f/1.9.
The camera produces reasonably decent images in well-lit situations — Images are sharp and have natural colours. Where the camera falters is when it comes to the level of detail captured. Images are quite noisy and tend to have a soft, almost watercolor like effect.
Video capture is limited to 1080p and is a pretty standard affair. The lack of OIS and 4K video support is a big downer. The 16MP front camera is surprisingly good. Images produced in good lighting conditions are crisp, vivid and full of detail. Low light performance is also above average.