Overview of smartphone Neffos C7: TP-Link is attacking the phone market
TP-Link has created a brand of smartphones Neffos in 2015. The company, long accustomed to a high position in the market of network devices, where she was active for 22 years and provides access to Wi-Fi already in over 170 countries, is planning similar expansion in the segment of phones.
In TP-Link logically reasoned that to deal directly with premium smartphones are not worth it – first you need to gain a foothold in the market of budget devices. That and trying to do the device under the brand Neffos is already widely represented in the official retail and gradually gain some popularity.
In our test just a bright representative of what TP-Link is a modern budget smartphone – Neffos C7. This device with a 5.5-inch display of HD resolution and an emphasis on high quality cameras — both front and back. These are the main chips, which the manufacturer relies upon the promotion of the smartphone, but it is possible to find other important moments: pretty capacious battery (3060 mAh, 3.8 V) and a “nominal” audio amplifier, which should provide unusually high by the standards of budget gadgets — sound level. View, did these cards.
|Neffos C7||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A||BQ Space X||Blackview S8||Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)|
|Display||5.5 inch, IPS, 1280 × 720 pixels, 267 ppi; capacitive, multi-touch||5.5 inch, IPS, 1280 × 720 pixels, 267 ppi; capacitive, multi-touch||5.7 inch, IPS, 1440 × 720 pixels and 282 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||5.7 inch, IPS, 1440 × 720 pixels and 282 ppi capacitive, multi-touch||5.2 inch, AMOLED,
1280 × 720 pixels and 282 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||No information||No information||No information||No information||No information|
|Processor||MT6750 MediaTek with eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.5 GHz + 4 × 1.0 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8940: four cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.4 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 MSM8937: eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.4 GHz + 4 × 1.1 GHz)||MT6750T MediaTek with eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.6 GHz + 4 × 1.0 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, four cores ARM Cortex-A53 (4 × 1.2 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||ARM Mali-T860MP2, 520 MHz||Adreno 308||Adreno 505, 450 MHz||ARM Mali T860MP, 650 MHz||Adreno 306|
|RAM||2 GB||2 GB||3 GB||4 GB||2 GB|
|Flash memory||16 GB||16 GB + microSD||32 GB||64 GB||16 GB + microSD|
|Connectors||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm||MicroUSB, 3.5 mm|
|Slot for memory card||There||There||There||There||There|
|SIM card||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 x nano-SIM||1 × micro-SIM + 1 × nano-SIM/microSD (universal)||2 × micro-SIM/microSD (universal)|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||DC-HSPA 850/900/2100||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||WCDMA 900/2100||WCDMA 850/900/2100||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 7, 20||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 7||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||802.11 b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||802.11 b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz||802.11 b/g/n/ 2.4 GHz|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Ambient light, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|The main camera||13 MP, ƒ/2, phase detection autofocus, led flash||13 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, led flash||16 MP, ƒ/2, phase detection autofocus, led flash||13 MP, ƒ/2 + a secondary camera of 0.3 MP, autofocus, dual-led flash||13 MP, ƒ/1,9, contrast autofocus, led flash|
|Front camera||8 MP, no autofocus, no flash||5 MP, without autofocus, with flash||20 MP + 8 MP (wide), without autofocus, with flash||13 MP + a secondary camera of 0.3 MP, without autofocus, with flash||5 MP, without autofocus, with flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 11,63 W·h (3060 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11,7 W·h (3080 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11.4 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,08 W·h (3180 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11,78 WH (3100 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||154,5 × of 76.96 × 7,85 mm||153 × 76,2 × 7.6 mm||152 × 72,9 × 8.3 mm||154 × 71,9 × 8.5 mm||145,8 × 72,3 × 8.1 mm|
|Weight||157 g||150 g||161 g||190 g||159 g|
|Protection from water and dust||No||No||No||No||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell NFUI||Android 7.0 Nougat, a private shell MIUI||Android 7.1.2 Nougat, own shell||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, own shell||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, own shell|
|Current price||8 999 rubles||7 300 rubles||13 990 rubles||13 000 rubles||11 340 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
Neffos C7 decorated quite modest – this model, despite the large focus on the selfie camera is positioned as a universal, without a strong bias towards the youth audience. Body colors – grey with a black front panel, as in our case, or sun-gold with a white edging of the display.
The front panel is traditionally covered by a single piece of slightly curved (2.5 D) glass. The sides and back of the case is made of plastic, painted with metallic paint. Neffos C7 looks good.
The frame around the display is very large to the fashion circuit with a screen aspect ratio of 18:9 TP-Link in this case to resort did not, retaining the classic aspect ratio. In the end, the machine will turn enough of the dimensions of 154.5 × of 76.96 × 7.85 mm. But it weighs, due to the plastic trim quite a bit – 157 grams.
Use Neffos C7 is relatively convenient. If you dream of a smartphone, which can work exclusively with one hand, you have to find something else, for this C7 big. But in any pocket it is placed without any problems.
Linked smartphone classic. Under the screen there is a space for three navigation buttons, which can be changed in the settings, – on them is not wasted precious space on-screen interface. On the left edge is a compartment for SIM-cards and slot for microSD, and on the right hardware the power key and volume controls. There are mini Jack – he’s here on the top face. As the port for charging and PC connection used good old microUSB.
The fingerprint scanner placed on the back of the device – from installation of the hardware key “Home” on the front panel, the developers refused. In my opinion, it’s good to use the back of the scanner is more comfortable, the hand is in a natural position.
To recognize the fingerprint using the classic capacitive sensor – it works very quickly and almost accurately, the behavior does not feel anything “budget”. It can be used to unlock the phone. Confirm payments via Google Pay impossible – here elementary the module Near Field Communication.
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On Neffos C7 operating system Android 7.0 Nougat with a proprietary shell NFUI – the current version is also the seventh room. Every time we take a smartphone manufacturer, recently began a “career” in this field, and understand that there’s a proprietary shell for Android – necessarily scared. Certainly in the interface design made lots of mistakes – he’s ugly, badly optimized and full of unnecessary pre-installed applications. In the case of NFUI I was wrong — and very glad to have it.
Despite the relatively weak hardware platform, Neffos C7 works very quickly: the screens are redrawn without major delays, applications run easily and without strain, serious memory leaks I have not noticed, the interface is not overloaded. Shine original moves that would be “allocated” to a smartphone in General, developers do not have – the logic is quite ordinary. There are, of course, pre-installed software, but, first, it is small (and crowded different “partnership”), and secondly, even useful – take, for example, the program “Smart WLAN”, which allows you to manage the access point Wi-Fi and share the password in the manner of Apple devices. Also worth noting is its own chips NFUI: managing and creating screenshots using gestures.
Display and sound
In Neffos C7 is a fairly simple display – LCD with a diagonal of 5.5 inches c IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels. Not impressive on the background of the huge Full HD displays, which are used in modern smartphones average price category, but here we are still talking about budget models. For this smartphone diagonal of 5.5 inches – is in itself valuable. The pixel density is 267 ppi on the fonts you may notice the “ladder”, the overall picture clarity might be higher.
Screen covered with glass with oleophobic coating – it is surprisingly effective: to continuously wipe the display with a frenzy not necessary, it is purified from any trace without any problems. The viewing angles of the screen Neffos C7 is high, the picture can be seen even with a strong deviation of gaze from the perpendicular – after all IPS-matrix, after all. Touch layer supports gestures and responds to 5 simultaneous touches. There is also a mode of work gloves – you need to activate it in the settings.
To blagoustrojjstvu boast a beautiful display, unfortunately, can not. Apparently, here there is an air gap between the die and the glass, which, however, does not interfere with the readability of images in case of a mobile direct sunlight.
To help in this regard can high the brightness of the display – and this is just from Neffos C7 is no problem. The measured maximum of 537 CD/m2, this is enough to image even in a Sunny day remained moderately readable. Although the convenience of smartphone usage in such conditions can not speak. If you want you can give control of the brightness of the screen to the smartphone – the necessary sensors and software for that.
The measured contrast is 1010:1. Quite a typical value for a budget IPS-matrix – enjoy the deep black level will not work, including the aforementioned presence of the air gap, but within the normal range.
Average gamma is 2.22, and it is very close to the standard, but stability of gamma-curves the screen can not boast that you can see on the chart above. Color temperature ranges from 7 500 to 9 000 K with a median of around 8 300 K. Like many of its counterparts, including a higher price range, Neffos C7 shows a very cold picture. Many, however, like that white color it looks more “clean”. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide variety of colour shades) is 6.83 at a rate of 3. It looks “on paper”, but actually for a modern smartphone middling is almost standard. In the settings to correct color reproduction is impossible.
Neffos indicates built-in model C7 amp AWINIC K8 Audio PA’s 6V, which in this case is used not only just for higher quality playback, but also for the efficient operation of the audio subsystem when the battery is low. Checked – no difference in the sound of C7, depending on the charge level there. By default, there is very high supply of power, and it is saved in any case. The sound quality is also very good – even unusually good for a budget model. If you have less than 10 thousand rubles, and you care about the sound quality – you should pay for TP-Link products attention. But the inbuilt speaker is nothing special does not manifest itself: it is relatively loud but does not possess any detail or wide range of frequencies. He want here just to signal the call, and nothing more.