iPhone-y: Samsung's new knock-off handset to be sold in China

Samsung's new knock-off handset to be sold in China

The last time Samsung's Galaxy range of smartphones got a little too iPhone-like in design, Apple sued Samsung, but that seemingly hasn't stopped the South Korean electronics giant from announcing yet another pair of Apple-aping handsets with the China-exclusive Samsung Galaxy C5 and C7.

Clearly modelled after the appearance of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Samsung's new C-range comes in two sizes (5.2-inch for the C5 and 5.7-inch for the C7), each with a Super AMOLED full HD (1080p) display, a metal unibody, 4GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage (expandable to 128GB via MicroSD), fingerprint sensor, 16 MP (primary) and 8 MP (secondary) f/1.9 cameras.

The larger C7 has a 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU, making it slightly faster than the C5's 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 617 chipset with Adreno 405 GPU.

Samsung's new knock-off handset to be sold in China

The Galaxy C5 is currently priced at ¥2,199 (approx. US$333, £228, AU$465), while the larger C7 costs ¥2,599 RMB (approx. US$394, £270, AU$550), and will be available soon in such iPhone-like colours as Pink Gold (not Rose Gold, mind you), Gold, Gray (not to be confused with Space Grey), and Silver.

Both phones, which come pre-installed with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, can be viewed in more detail (and with hilarious translations) at Samsung's Chinese website.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.