• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 5.5-inch (FHD)
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6753
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 5.1
  • Camera: 13MP (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 76mm x 8.95mm
  • Weight: 161g
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • Speakers
  • 2GB RAM only
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 6,818 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm Extreme: 4,343 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm: 7,612 points
  • PC Mark Work: 3,768 points
  • Antutu: 37,021 points

May The Neffos Be With You

TP-LINK is known mainly as a global provider of network products, but it was only recent that they began their foray into the world of smartphones. Now TP-LINK has a line of smartphones under the title C5, and we had the pleasure of testing the TP-LINK Neffos C5 Max, their highest end smartphone at the time we received it.

The Neffos C5 Max is a simple looking phone, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing as there are users who like a simple and neat design. Though the silver metal accented edges do make for some elegance in the midst of the simplicity. The 5.5-inch IPS screen sports Full HD resolution and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass for added protection. The IPS screen makes for outstanding viewing angles and great image reproduction, all the while making text comfortable to read as well.

Despite its simple outlook the phone has some pretty good hardware under its hood, a MediaTek MT6753 and 2GB of RAM. The 2GB of RAM is something we didn’t like as the average modern user likes to multi-task on their phone and the 2GB of RAM just doesn’t cut it. Although the RAM is a problem the Neffos C5 Max is still capable of smooth operation on a day to day basis. Applications still work smoothly and menus and navigation are lag-free unless multiple applications are running at a time. It’s not recommended to run many background applications.

Another downside would be its speakers, which we found adequate for normal usage but disappointing when it came to listening to music especially heavier kinds like J-Rock or Orchestral. The phone also comes with 16GB of built-in memory with a microSD slot to expand it up to 32GB. All that storage can be put to good use with the phone’s 13MP rear camera which takes satisfying pictures, and should be able to capture your special moments without a hitch.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For those who are looking for a simple phone that does what it was meant to do, the TP-LINK Neffos C5 Max does just that, and we can recommend it if you’re looking for a simple phone that performs well for its price.

(previously published in issue August 2016)

TP-LINK Neffos C5 Max