If the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is proving to be too big a phablet for you then the smaller sibling might just be the answer.
The formerly China exclusive phone is coming in as the second largest phone from the C Pro series still awkwardly within the almost phablet range.
Good news, though, as the C7 Pro is also in between the two with its 5.7-inch display size. It even has the same 1080p resolution found on its bigger sibling.
Design points are basically the same as that of the C9 Pro from the metal uni-body construction down to the MSA antenna lines offering better signal reception.
The differences seen here will be the hybrid dual-nano sim slot on the right-hand side instead of a dedicated microSD card tray and the lack of Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
The right side locates the power button while on the other end sits the volume rocker.
Nothing can be seen up top aside from the noise canceling mic since all the ports are located at the bottom namely: the audio jack, the main mic, USB Type-C port, and speaker holes.
You might think that the smaller screen estate will allow you to use this semi-phablet phone with one hand but we still found ourselves needing help in the wielding department.
Overall, it’s still sleek and solid as the C9 Pro only…smaller.
Underneath the flat screen panel is the 5.7-inch FHD Super AMOLED display that counts at 386ppi.
It’s a lively and vivid image reproduction for the standard Super AMOLED screen where deep blacks and saturated colors.
The brightness level is pretty neat with good readability in broad daylight.
And of course, the low-power Always-on Display feature is present for this phone.
The C7 Pro utilizes a pair of 16MP f/1.9 camera sensors for the front and back – where it’s expected to output the same if not a close rendition of.
Starting in outdoors, the rendered image gave good detail preservation with a touch of underexposure.
Gladly, it’s not the same case when taking photos indoors as it leans on color accuracy.
Taking things in low-light, resulted in a pale and blurry image overall but the LED flash should be enough for near-distance objects with good sharpness and color accuracy seen here.
At night, dark areas remained dark with some noise, while lit up areas are blurry at best.
Video recording, on the other hand, maxes out at 1080p @ 30fps without any support of stabilization features. A need for steady hand will come in, well, handy.
Expected to produce the same output as the rear camera, the selfie sensor did provide a sharp image with pale colors here and there.
The C7 Pro won’t be using the same processing capabilities as the C9 Pro. Rather, the Korean giant opted for a Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset with 4GB of RAM. Even with the downgrade, Samsung still puts a capable mid-range performer for your daily needs here.
It’s a TouchWiz UI flavor on top of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the presence of an app drawer for this phone.
Antutu Benchmark score reveals a capable 68,221 points.
When it comes to real-world usage, though, the C9 Pro performed better than it’s supposed to.
We barely encountered hiccups during our entire usage, all thanks to the 4GB RAM, and playing the most demanding games won’t be a problem for this phone.
Some of the titles that we played are Real Racing 3, Nova 3, and Walking Dead Season 1 where you can enjoy them all with a satisfying experience.
The fingerprint sensor on the home button did not disappoint in speed but will have a hard time recognizing your imprints with 8 out of 10 tries for us.
It would be a treat if the C7 Pro comes with 4000mAh just like the C9 Pro, but with the price tag in mind, Samsung downgrades the capacity to 3300mAh of battery.
Due to its smaller capacity, we had no problem fully recharging this phone in only an hour and 13 mins.
Battery endurance seems to be above average at 4.5hours of screen on time and 29 hours of standby time, on varied usage.
For the loudspeaker, it’s on the trebly side with fairly loud intensity. You’ll only be able to take full advantage of it under quiet surroundings.
No hi-res audio playback support via audio jack will be found here.
Pricing and Verdict
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is expected to land for $400 or Php20,000.
The exclusive semi-phablet from China seem to be a good all-around performer but just like its bigger sibling – the lack of OIS and hi-res audio playback support might leave customers looking for other options.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Full Specs, Official PH Price, Release Date in the Philippines
|SPECS, PH Price||Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro|
|Display||5.7-inch 1080p FHD Super AMOLED, 386ppi|
|Size||7mm thick, 172g weight|
|Design||Metal unibody, MSA antenna lines|
|Colors||Gold, Pink Gold, Dark Blue|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset|
|Processor||8x 2.20GHz A53-Cortex|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 64GB internal, hybrid microSD card up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||16 MP f/1.9, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Multimedia||1080p @ 30fps|
|Front camera||16MP f/1.9|
|Connectivity||GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz ||
4G LTE, WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, hybrid dual-nano sim, Samsung Pay
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Ports||USB Type-C 1.0|
|Official Price||estimated around $400 or Php20,000|
|Availability date||January 16 2017 in China|
|Where to buy||Not yet available locally|