Samsung has been offering gorgeous metal-and-glass designs with the Galaxy S series for a few generations now, with the Galaxy S8+ showcasing the best that the manufacturer has to offer.
The Galaxy A series offers a similar design ethos with a glass back, but with the Galaxy C series, the company went with an all-metallic chassis that looks great.
You can say the design is inspired by Apple iPhone 6S Plus if it’s really the case.
The fingerprint sensor cum home button is a physical button — a typical Samsung design. And similar to the Galaxy A5, the recents and the back button are hardware capacitive buttons.
Now let’s talk about the display. We have always liked the displays of Samsung’s smartphones, and the Galaxy C7 Pro didn’t disappoint us either.
The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro comes with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The colours are bright and vibrant, while the projected images are sharp. Even when using the smartphone under direct sunlight, we didn’t notice any distortion or anything like that. The display is a little reflective, but it’s not too much of a problem.
We can say that the display of Galaxy C7 Pro lives up to the standard of other Samsung smartphones. It’s definitely one of the positive aspects of the smartphone.
The Galaxy C7 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 626 — the same chipset as the Moto Z2 Play. There’s 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, and Samsung’s memory management is still way too aggressive, closing down apps in the background with wild abandon.
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The Snapdragon 626 is more than adequate for everyday use, and while you’ll notice the odd stutter in visually intensive games, there are no issues with day-to-day performance when using the device.
The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro still runs on Android Marshmallow and is based on Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. For a phone which is touted as a competition to the OnePlus 3T, the latest version of the Android Nougat would have been more than apt. But it seems that users of the Galaxy C7 Pro, as well as the other latest entrant in the Samsung Galaxy line like the A5 and A7, will have to wait it out a bit more.
Lastly, on the security front, the Galaxy C7 Pro is protected by Samsung’s very own Knox which provides chip-level encryption. What’s more, the security patches are also the latest.
The Galaxy C7 Pro has a 16-megapixel camera at the back that features an f/1.9 lens and PDAF along with a dual-tone LED flash. Samsung offers multiple shooting modes, including a food mode that makes objects in the foreground stand out. There’s also a panorama mode, a night mode, HDR, and a manual mode that lets you adjust the ISO, white balance, and exposure settings.
The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is powered by a 3300mAh battery and the in-house battery optimization assures of a full day coverage. And true to its words, it took the Galaxy C7 Pro 1 day and 12 hours to come down to 6% on a typical day with a screen-on time comprising 25% of the total. A typical day involving phone calls, net browsing, gaming sessions, and social networking.
Overall, we really liked the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro. The smartphone has a sturdy build, sleek design and good performance.
Its lasting battery and good cameras only add to the positive aspects. The display is another plus. If there’s one thing that we didn’t like, it’s the fingerprint sensor.