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TP-Link joins in the smartphone route

The Neffos C5L is TP-Link's most basic phone, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
The Neffos C5L is TP-Link's most basic phone, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.PHOTO: TP-LINK

Chinese company TP-Link is well-known for its routers and networking products, and moved into the smartphone market only last year.

It is positioning its phones as a second handset - one that can be used as a hub for smart devices and other connections - instead of as a primary device. Still, the value-for-money Neffos works as a standalone phone.

The Neffos C5L is the company's most basic phone, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (quad-core, 1.1 GHz) processor.

The C5L is also the company's smallest phone at 4.5 inches but, in the hand, it feels larger than that. It weighs 154g - 16g heavier than the Apple iPhone 7 - and has thick bezels on all four sides.

It has an eight-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and a two-megapixel front one. While the cameras are decent enough for daily use, photos do turn out a little cooler than their true colours.

The 854-by-480 screen is also quite dim, even at max brightness, which can make small words a little difficult to read.

If you pry off the back cover, you will see the 2,000mAh battery, slots for two SIM cards, as well as a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage.

Lisabel Ting

• Price: $109 at authorised resellers Comms Equipment and Ezylink, as well as online at Qoo10 and Lazada.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2016, with the headline 'TP-Link joins in the smartphone route'. Print Edition | Subscribe