TP-Link enters the smartphone market with 3 handsets

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 8, 2016

TP-Link Neffos C5 handsets

If you have ever been out shopping for a new router then you may have come across some of TP-Link products. Not content with the networking business, the company has just announced a new smartphone brand called Neffos and has unveiled its first three handsets.

The three smartphones are named the C5, C5L and C5 Max and range from entry level to mid-tier when it comes to hardware specifications. All of the smartphones feature dual-SIM 4G connectivity and Android 5.1 Lollipop on board.

Beginning at the bottom, the C5L is the lowest spec of the three handsets. It features a 4.5-inch display with an 854×480 resolution, quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory with a 32GB microSD card slot. The phone also features an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera and a 2,000mAh battery.

“Neffos is a new journey for TP-LINK to bring more extension of lifestyle to our users. We expect its performance in global market will provide us references to develop more and better products in the future. The philosophy of ‘Smart & Simple’ is reflected in all our products that aim to make users’ life easier. TP-LINK will continue to build a smart lifestyle.”

The C5 is a slightly more capable handet, with a 5-inch 720p HD display, quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot. The rear camera remains at 8 megapixels, but there’s an upgrade to a 5 megapixel front facing camera and a 2,200mAh battery in the C5 model.

tp-link neffos c5l

Finally, the C5 Max is a more typical mid-range smartphones these days, boasting a 5.5-inch 1080p display, octa-core MT6753 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Again there’s a microSD card slot and 5 megapixel front facing camera, but the Max model also features a 13 megapixel f/2.0 rear camera and a much larger 3,045mAh battery.

TP-Link has not announced prices for these smartphones yet, but we do know that they will be available in Dark Grey and Pearl White colour options. These handsets are expected to arrive on shelves towards the end of Q1 2016.

  • Anibal

    the front looks like LG G_ phones …

    • Marcin ‘Pieróg’ Omelan

      It looks exactly like LG G3

    • Ted

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Binaya Shrestha


    • GoatsLegsUK

      You beat me to it. Very reminiscent of the LG Gx series.

      Unimpressive specs, though.

    • Randomatic

      Looks more like Oneplus One to me :/

      • Just Saying

        No Body asked for your opinion

    • Faizan Khalid

      yup g3 but they failed to shrink bazel refferring to lower image

  • balcobomber25

    I stopped reading at 854×480, someone needs to tell them 2011 ended….

    • Mike Dinnella

      If it’s a <$100 handset that seems fine. 720p on my 5.5" redmi note 4g looks as good to my eye as the qhd on my 6p, so I'm guessing 480 on a 4.5" will look acceptable, especially if it's nice and bright. Imagine if they can get it into the $50 range, now you're looking at a smart burner phone.

      • balcobomber25

        Problem is there are under $100 handsets with much better specs

      • Karly Johnston

        You must wear glasses… 720p doesn’t look good on anything over 5 inches.

  • Walter Wisnu Purnama

    i would like to see LG sue tp link in future

  • Fodder0f4

    TP-Link? Really? Not a fan of the routers and these phones look and sound like crap.

    About on par with their routers!

  • Anthony

    Tried one and they are not that good. Wait till Netgear brings out their range. :P

  • Simon

    I’m sorry, “TP-Link” are routers and networking for me. Having a phone named TP-Link feels very wrong lol. It’s like having a toilet paper brand named “Ass Wipe” that start selling candy.

    • Hel Thanatos

      What about Asus?

  • S.L Jones


  • mrochester

    What exactly are the unique selling points of these devices that TP-Link are introducing?

  • This is the same company that rarely updates or patches its router firmware, which should tell you how OS updates for these devices will proceed (read: they won’t).

  • Can anyone clarify whether it’ll be 4G on BOTH sims?

  • Solomon Vijay