Among the many different product series of Samsung, many strong new variants have been introduced in the C series. The Galaxy C7 Pro has been introduced in a price segment that is dominated by OnePlus 3 (Review) and OnePlus 3T (Review). Motorola’s Moto Z Play (Review) also offers similar specifications for a lower price. Will Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro be able to challenge these smartphones? Learn in review.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Design
We have to admit that the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is a good looking device. The design and build quality of this Samsung device is great. This phone is available in Gold color but we will focus on the navy blue finish variant we got for review. We wish Samsung had offered a black variant that would have looked good with the black front panel. When you use the phone in an air-conditioned room, you are reminded of the aluminum unibody. The body of the phone is 7mm thick and the curved edges and edges make the phone comfortable to hold.
The glass on the front of the Galaxy C7 Pro comes with curved edges. The front camera, earpiece, proximity sensor and hidden notification LED are placed together and below them is the Samsung branding. There is a metal mesh on the earpiece and the color of the gi finish around the home button is the same as the rear panel, which is clearly visible. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the physical home button itself and there are backlit capacitive buttons on either side of the home button.
The phone has volume buttons on the left and power button on the right and a hybrid dual-SIM tray. Two nano-SIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD card can be used simultaneously in the phone.
Samsung has given antenna lines at the top and bottom on the rear of the phone. It looks like Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro and Oppo F3 Plus. The primary camera and dual-tone LED flash are given in the middle of the rear. The camera is slightly raised on the outside and there is metal all around which will help prevent scratches. The Samsung branding on the rear has a reflective finish that shines when you throw a light on the Mate’s back panel.
The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro has a USB Type-C port, loudspeaker, microphone and a 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom and a secondary microphone on the top. Samsung has included a Micro-USB to Type-C adapter with the phone that can work with your existing accessory. The phone weighs 172 grams and it fits in the hand. We must say that the phone slips a bit in the hand and the entire screen cannot be used with one hand.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Specifications
The Galaxy C7 Pro sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD resolution and a thin border. We must say that the display is great. Due to the good colors and good viewing angles, it is easy to use the phone in all kinds of light. Users can select the pre-specified display mode.
The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The processor has Cortex-A53 and clock speed is 2.2 GHz. Galaxy C7 Pro has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The phone’s storage can be increased to 256 GB. For connectivity, features like Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, GPS and NFC have been provided in the phone. The Galaxy C7 Pro packs a 3300mAh non-removable battery and comes with a quick charger.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Software
Samsung has replaced Android 7.0 Nougat with Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the Galaxy C7 Pro. The UI provided by Samsung is polished and we have seen the same UI before on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. If you have used Samsung smartphones before, then you will find this UI better and familiar. Apart from this, there is also an option to customize the theme as per your choice. Samsung has given the option to choose the theme and icon by going to the settings. And users can choose from a variety of free and paid apps.
The UI has an app drawer, and you can set the app in alphabetical order. Swiping left on the homescreen will enable you to view Flipboard’s News Feed briefings. You can choose the type of news and news source according to your need. Samsung has provided a blue light filter with a schedule and customizable intensity. This feature is very useful at night and in low light conditions.
The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro has an Always-on display mode that lets you see the time, date and notifications only when the phone is in standby mode. Battery life can be extended by reducing the brightness and limiting the performance of the device with the power saving option. At the highest power saving level, the software AMOLED displays only a select number of pixels on the screen. S Power is also a separate feature for the battery, so that the phone can be used only for calling.
The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro comes with a lot of apps pre-installed and you can find more apps in the Galaxy Apps Store. The phone has the Samsanka S Health app, which allows users to store their sleeping, running and drinking water data. You can lock private data from S Folder, but a Samsung ID will need to be created for this to work.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Camera
The Galaxy C7 Pro has a 16-megapixel camera on the front and rear. There is a dual-tone LED flash on the rear but there is no selfie flash. Pressing the Home button twice opens the Camera app. Apart from this, the user can choose from several modes before taking pictures. Among them is Continuous Shot, a food mode. Pro mode offers better control over individual settings but lacks aperture and shutter speed controls. There is also an option to download many other mods from Samsung’s store.
The focus is fast from the phone and the pictures are also captured fast and the pictures come with sharp and accurate colors. Photos taken with the primary camera are good in daylight, but some of the photos taken by us in HDR mode look ghost. There is a lack of detailing and noise when the object is far away. Not much change even after switching to Night Mode. It takes a long time to focus in low light, the colors are also not right and the edges of the subject also did not look very good. The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro can record videos up to a maximum of 1080 pixels. Focus can be locked during recording in the phone.
Photos taken with selfie camera are good to share on social media. The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro has a Beautify mode to enhance the skin and face, which is not turned on by default.
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro Performance
The overall performance of the Galaxy C7 Pro impressed us. It didn’t take us long to get used to the 5.7-inch screen. The sliding body means that the phone needs to be handled carefully while unlocking and using it. The Snapdragon 626 processor is powerful and we didn’t have any problems. Samsung has also given 4 GB RAM. We got 1.5 GB RAM free all the time in the phone.
We benchmarked the Galaxy C7 Pro and got 7,717 scores on Antutu and a plus 931 and 4498 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests, respectively. There was no problem while playing the game and the phone never got hot.
Battery life is good and the device lasted for a day with moderate usage and playing a few games. In our HD video loop test, the phone lasted 16 hours and 8 minutes before running out of battery. The fast charger that comes with gives the phone a full charge in about 90 minutes.
Samsung has managed to strike a good balance between the performance and battery life of its Galaxy C7 Pro smartphone. The premium build quality and crisp display are great. Yes, the phone is definitely priced at the level of the OnePlus 3 (Review), but the C7 Pro is not in the race. The phone competes with the Moto Z Play priced at Rs 24,999. The Galaxy C7 Pro has a better processor, more RAM and a slimmer body than the Moto Z Play.
Looking for a phone with good performance throughout the day, then the Galaxy C7 Pro smartphone is better than the Moto Z Play (Review). On the Galaxy C7 Pro in a sale or deal Offers can also be found. However, the OnePlus 3T (Review) is still the most powerful smartphone.