Samsung is rumored to launch the Galaxy C5 Pro and Galaxy C7 Pro smartphones this month in China. However, the latest leaks hinted that the launch event is postponed to January 2017. Even though the CES 2017 will happen in January, we can’t expect the company to launch these devices as they are exclusive to the Chinese market. Last month, the news from China mentioned both the C5 Pro and C7 Pro to feature Snapdragon 626 SoC and 4GB RAM. Now, the same source has suggested these devices to officially launch on January 21st in China. As of now, only the Galaxy C7 Pro with the model number SM-G7010 got certified by TENAA. From the image, we can see the new design that looks similar to the recently launched Galaxy C9 Pro.
Earlier: Nov 28, 2016 – In May this year, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy C series exclusively in China by launching the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7 smartphones. From the last few weeks, we have been seeing several rumors and leaks about their successors – Galaxy C5 Pro and Galaxy C7 Pro. While the benchmark listings mentioned the devices to come with Snapdragon 625 SoC, now the latest news from China suggests both the devices to feature Snapdragon 626 processor. This new processor offers 10% better performance than the Snapdragon 625 SoC. Just last month, Qualcomm has announced this new 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. It supports both FDD and TD LTE and offers download speeds upto 300Mbps and upload speeds upto 150 Mbps.
As seen with their predecessors Galaxy C5 and C7; the new Galaxy C5 Pro and C7 Pro also comes with 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy C5 Pro and C7 Pro comes with the model numbers SM-C5010 and SM-C7010 respectively. While the company is working on Android 7.0 Nougat update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones, the Galaxy C5 Pro and C7 Pro will still run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based TouchWiz UI. The devices sport an all-metal unibody design and might look similar to their predecessors. The Galaxy C5 Pro is expected to feature 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED display whereas the Galaxy C7 Pro comes with a slightly bigger 5.7-inch display. The physical home button on the front will come equipped fingerprint sensor.
With the Snapdragon 626 processor, the devices also support Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. Qualcomm introduced the Quick Charge 4.0 that will be available first with the Snapdragon 835 SoC powered smartphones. Since this new processor will be built on Samsung 10nm FinFET process, we also expect the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge to be first devices to be launched with the new Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Galaxy C5 Pro and C7 Pro will also be NFC enabled making them eligible for Samsung Pay mobile payment technology. Recently, the company also launched the Galaxy C9 Pro smartphone exclusively in China. While the Galaxy Note 7 is rumored to feature 6GB RAM, Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy C9 Pro as their first 6GB RAM smartphone.
It is priced at 3199 Yuan (approx $460 / Rs. 32,000) and is already on sale in Gold and Rose Gold color options. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also a MicroSD card slot for additional storage expansion upto 256GB. On the front is a huge 6-inch Full HD AMOLED display. The Galaxy C9 Pro comes with 16MP camera on front and back of the device. The rear camera comes assisted by a dual tone LED flash. The device is kept powered on by a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support. Another 6-inch Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy A9 Pro which was also launched in India came with an even bigger 5,000mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. It measures 162.9 x 80.7 x 6.9mm and weighs 185 grams.
(Note: The above featured image is of Samsung Galaxy C5)