Everyone who has ever thought about buying a router has heard of TP-Link, but so far few people know that the world-famous supplier of network equipment has set about creating smartphones. Our acquaintance with the news will begin with the youngest model in the line. So there you go, a review of the budget TP-Link Neffos C5L.
- Screen: 4.5``, TN, 218ppi, 854 x 480;
- Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop;
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909), Cortex-A7 4 x 1.1 GHz;
- GPU: Adreno 304;
- RAM: 1 GB;
- Built-in memory: 8 GB, support for microSD memory cards up to 32 GB;
- Cameras: 8 MP (flash, autofocus), 2 MP;
- Battery: 2000 mAh, removable;
- Dimensions: 136 x 67.7 x 10.15 mm;
- Weight: 154 g;
- SIM slots: 2, Micro SIM (Dual SIM Dual Stanby);
- Communication: GSM frequencies 2/3/5/8, WCDMA frequencies 1/8, FDD-LTE frequencies 1/3/7/8/20, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS;
- Sensors: illumination, proximity, accelerometer;
- Cost at the time of testing: 6,490 r.
The purple box contains the necessary minimum: a warranty card in Russian, a quick setup guide, a USB cable and a charger (5V, 1A). In addition, it is rumored that a generous retailer offers a branded power bank (TL-PB2600) with a smartphone.
Perhaps the design of the Neffos C5L can be called classic. A protruding silver rim around the perimeter of the screen, a puffy (10.15 mm) plastic case. Many smartphones looked like this in the recent past, but now all this is far from fashion trends. The only design that reminds us that we have a 2016 device is the touch navigation keys in the form of geometric figures that came from Material Design. They have no backlight.
The plastic cover completely covers the case, including the edges, and creaks slightly when pressed. The plastic of which it is made is easily soiled. Concentric circles are applied to softly pressed mechanical keys. Due to the small size, the smartphone is ergonomic, but it is far from grace. Neffos C5L gives the impression of a purely utilitarian device.
Pay attention to the display. The list of characteristics on the manufacturer’s official website is modestly silent about the technology by which a 4.5-inch TP-Link Neffos C5L screen with a resolution of 854 x 480 is made. Alas, this is definitely not IPS.
The combination of properties of the panel that we are dealing with suggests the use of some kind of TN matrix. Of course, it doesn’t look as cool as IPS. The main problem with this display is the drop in contrast when tilted vertically. At some angles (fortunately rarely used), the image fades beyond recognition.
The touch layer only recognizes two touches. On the glass (AGC Glass 2), the finger glides easily, but the surface is quickly covered with prints. There is no anti-glare filter, the nature of the reflections indicates the presence of an air gap screen in the “sandwich”.
Adaptive screen brightness adjustment works without problems, the minimum backlight level is comfortable. Its maximum threshold is high, but due to the air gap and low contrast, using the device in bright light is uncomfortable.
Meanwhile, the TP-Link Neffos C5L review is ongoing, which means it's time to find out what our subject has inside. Hidden in the bowels of the case, the hardware platform - the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, Adreno 304 with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory - is modest by now.
About 4 GB is available for installing applications - this is not enough, even our set of test utilities requires more space for installation. Saves the situation only support for microSD memory cards up to 32 GB.
The freshly included TP-Link Neffos C5L works responsively, but in order not to encounter delays in the future, you have to monitor the number of processes running in the background and from time to time clear the RAM. As for the games, the casual fun of the budget SOC will pull. More demanding titles will make the poor processor work to the limit and still, in the vast majority of them, the frame rate will not reach an acceptable level. Something will not start at all.
As you might have guessed, TP-Link Neffos C5L runs on the Android operating system. At the first start of the device “over the air” an update came. After installing it, the smartphone OS received version 5.1.1 and a number of fixes.
Sometimes it seems that every company considers it their duty to do something with the design of Android. TP-Link was no exception. In its execution, Android lost the dedicated application menu, got design themes and the possibility of a ban on unloading individual applications from memory, but the system did not undergo any profound changes, and the usefulness of the done is questionable. Separate design decisions, like the message appearing after clearing the memory, look tasteless. However, no bugs were detected during testing.
The main function of any smartphone TP-Link Neffos C5L performs flawlessly. The interlocutors do not complain about the quality of communication, the user can also hear them well. Noise reduction is working fine. To install Micro-SIM, the user has two slots arranged so that a “hot” replacement of cards is not possible.
The multimedia speaker is loud, the holes are successfully located on the curve of the back of the smartphone. Thanks to this, the sound is not muffled if the device is put on a table. The Neffos C5L has an integrated FM receiver that uses a headphone wire as an antenna. USB OTG is not supported.
Navigation (GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS) starts quickly, the error in determining the location in a dense urban environment is average.
Despite the modest capacity of a removable battery at present - 2000 mAh - Neffos C5L worked in the
test - 7 hours 30 minutes. This good result is explained mainly by an economical processor.
Trashbox.ru battery test results: All battery test results and test method descriptions
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You can win a little more time at the cost of disabling part of the smartphone’s functionality using the standard energy-saving mode for Android. A smartphone needs 2 hours 20 minutes to fully charge the battery from the supplied adapter.
A slightly protruding 8 MP sensor with autofocus and flash makes low-quality images. Slightly distorted color reproduction, noise, thoughtful autofocus, low resolution. All this is not pleasing, but the clarity of the macro (the camera is definitely suitable for capturing text), the absence of artifacts at night, and good results when shooting with artificial lighting do not allow the camera to say that the results of the camera are frankly bad.
You should not expect special beauty from the camera, but it is suitable for photographic recording of incidents and other everyday tasks. The front camera (2 MP) shoots worse. To make a beautiful selfie, you will have to try hard (as an example of her work, a photo with a monkey is given).
The main problem that you face when photographing on the Neffos C5L, oddly enough, the screen. It does not in any way reflect the true state of affairs, and you can understand what happened only by viewing the shots taken on another device.
If you approach ultra-budget smartphones with common standards, then it is easy to give up. But let's face it, to maintain a low price you have to use inexpensive components that can not boast of high performance.
In Neffos C5L, TP-Link specialists basically saved on the screen, it was he, and not the outdated processor, that turned out to be the main drawback of the device for verification. Otherwise, we will not find fault. The smartphone works stably, supports 4G and has an 8 MP camera. As they say, cheap and cheerful.Pros:
- Dual SIM slots with support for 4G and SD card;
- 8 MP camera.
- The filling is much out of date.
Final rating: 6 out of 10.