Tecno Camon C5 vs Samsung Galaxy J1

In a world of ten million smartphones and one choice, it becomes difficult to tell which is which, which is capable, which is suitable, which is fancy and many other which-es. In this review, we look at two extremely tantalizing smartphones that could tickle anyone’s fancy mere looking at them – they’ve got a very seductive eye lashes but hey! Let’s explain to you what they both are capable of; then you can proceed to pick your choice.


Specifications showdown:



5.0-inch LCD Display

4.3-inch TFT Display

1.3Ghz quad-core Processor

1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 Processor



8GB Internal Storage

4GB Internal Storage

8MP Back Camera (3264 x 2448 pixels)

5MP Back Camera (2592×1944 pixels)

2MP Front Camera

2MP Front Camera

2500mAh Battery

1850mAh Battery

Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Android 5.0 (Lollipop)



Both devices spot a ‘nice’ design but the Camon C5 appears to have a more appealing look and feel. Samsung Galaxy J1 has got some nice curved edges but due to smaller screen size, it doesn’t make up for as much beauty as the Camon C5. That said, the J1 can fit nicely into the palm without having to stress your muscles much. With a larger display at 5-inches (0.7-inch larger), Tecno Camon C5 guarantees boldness as well as ‘sleek’ feel – it looks quite premium from afar. Note however that both devices are covered with plastic ad nothing else.


Tecno Camon C5 runs a 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek processor while the Galaxy J1 runs a slightly lower 1.2Ghz dual-core Spreadtrum processor. Not much can be said about the performance of both processor types until you put them to serious tests. However, it is worthy of note that Spreadtrum processors speak a bit of durability in changing conditions (temperature, usage, workload, etc). On the RAM aspect, Camon C5 comes to ride like a boss with its 1GB of RAM over Galaxy J1’s 512MB. Sure you can guess which device would carry more load without pausing for a sec. C5!

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Since Tecno came out with its Camon series, we have been teased with several camera promises and the C5 is one of those evangelists. True to their word, Tecno C5 comes with an 8mega-pixels camera with a supporting dual LED flash on the back. That’s a steal if you ask me! Low light photo-shoots are no issues at least with this device. Samsung Galaxy J1 however carries a 5mega-pixels camera on its rear side with single LED flash. If there’s one thing I know, it is that Samsung cameras don’t fail. They always produce decent photos irrespective of their number (in mega-pixels). There’s more to just mega-pixels… Want to know more about this? See this note.

That’s not all, something really interesting about the Camon C5 is that it’s got an extra front flash for low-light condition selfies. This is new and trendy! Don’t be afraid to take selfies at night because your camera can’t even see you – use the front flash on the Camon C5 and you have baked the bread! Both the Galaxy J1 and the Camon C5 have 2mega-pixels front camera.


There’s some huge difference here too. With a margin of 650mAh, Tecno Camon C5 is expected to last longer on full charge than the Galaxy J1 running a 1850mAh battery. Don’t take my word for it though. Some devices drain battery faster on their own. But let’s leave it to the specs here.


Both devices play out well in the specification games; although there are gaps in numbers. For those who would like to know anyway, Samsung Galaxy J1 supports microSD card up to 128GB while Tecno Camon C5 supports up to 32GB. The Camon C5 is a dual-SIM device while Samsung Galaxy J1 is a single SIM device but has an optional dual-SIM variant with 4G connectivity. Then we have KitKat (Android 4.4) for the Galaxy J1 and Lollipop (Android 5.0) for the Tecno C5.

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There you go people! Now make your choice!

Oh… wait. Price?

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Olayinka Oladele

When he's not coding, he is taking pictures. A different kind of geek and anyhow writer. Olayinka says "Hello World!"

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