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TP-Link enters the smartphone market with the Neffos C5, C5L, and C5 Max

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 From left to right - the Neffos C5, the Neffos C5 Max, and the Neffos C5L

From left to right - the Neffos C5, the Neffos C5 Max, and the Neffos C5L


TP-Link, a company best known in the end-consumer segment as a router manufacturer, has made the unexpected decision of entering the smartphone market. Meet the TP-Link Neffos smartphone line-up, a series that will initially consist out of three smartphones, the Neffos C5, C5L, and C5 Max!

The most promising model is the Neffos C5 Max, a handset that appears to approach the booming mid-range smartphone market. The specs include a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable internal storage. In the imaging department, the TP-Link's C5 Max features a 13MP primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 3,045mAh battery.

Unfortunately, the TP-Link C5 Max runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and the manufacturer has made no mention of an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The same goes for the entire Neffos line-up, but given the low-end nature of the two other handsets, customers will probably be satisfied with 5.1 Lollipop.

Progressing towards the bottom, the TP-Link Neffos C5 comes with a 5-inch display running a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels. On the inside, the handset integrates similar specs to its larger brother: a MediaTek MT6735 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable internal storage. The primary camera is a lower-res 8MP sensor, but the secondary 5MP sensor remains consistent. The Neffos C5 gets its power from a 2200mAh battery. 

The low-end TP-Link Neffos C5L is, at least in terms of raw hardware specs, an Android 5.1 Lollipop version of the Nokia Lumia 550. It comes with a 4.5-inch display running a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels, a bottom-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable internal storage (the enhanced support for microSD cards in Marshmallow would have been very handy at this point). In the imaging department, the Neffos C5L is equipped with an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP selfie shooter on the front. All of these specs are powered by a 2,000mAh battery.

Unfortunately, TP-Link has yet to disclose the price of the handset, a crucial element given that these devices are aimed with budget-conscious customers in mind. The new Neffos smartphones are scheduled to launch by the end of Q1. Until we get word on availability or pricing, feel free to discuss the LG G4-like design - or on any other topic regarding the new TP-Link smartphones - in the comment section below!

source: TP-Link via Android Central

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posted on 08 Jan 2016, 12:56 10

1. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


They look much more like the G3, to be honest. Hope they price these well.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:54 1

6. prashant1707 (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Nov 2015)


every other day a new smartphone is launched by a company who has no knowledge about smartphone manufacturing. All these phones are Chinese rebranded phones which will fade away in coming years. Just to add to ur knowledge even PEPSI has a smartphone under their name. Dont panic if one day u see smartphone under the name: PHONEARENA.com

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 14:31

2. combatmedic870 (Posts: 555; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Swing and a miss. They had one chance and failed. It's just too bad.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:08 1

3. Swordylove (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Jun 2015)


God... if you want to enter the market, at least do something different. Always the cliche "smaller size is only for the entry level with rock-bottom crappy specs".

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 17:18

4. mrochester (Posts: 526; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Yet more boring generic phones, courtesy of Android. Such a wonderful OS, completely ruined the smartphone market.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 21:08 1

8. combatmedic870 (Posts: 555; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


There wouldn't be a smartphone market without android. Think before you speak.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 18:14 3

5. TezzaBP (Posts: 273; Member since: 18 May 2015)


Of all people who could make smartphones, I did not expect TP-Link one bit

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 20:20 3

7. ibend (Posts: 3507; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


hope they know their place and sell it lower than $89, $135, and $170 -_-

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 07:22

9. shield (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


It looks like LG g3.

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