Now that Samsung has released its mainstream Galaxy S7 flagship, it's time for the company's metal midrangers to shine.

The company isn't done with all their flagships (the power user's Galaxy Note 6 is coming later in the year), but the Galaxy C5 and Galaxy C7 are part of the Korean OEM's upcoming lineup of phones that aim to better balance affordability with adequate specs.

The Galaxy C5 already looks like a solid upper-mid-ranger, based on the Geekbench scores that recently surfaced online. From the looks of it, the handset is set to match up nicely with the Galaxy A.

This latest series of mid-tier phones from Samsung continue the company's thrust toward a more premium design. The C series sports thin metallic bodies that are similar to the high-end design used on the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A5. In fact, Samsung continues to use this new metal makeover design language even on its budget friendly line, the Galaxy J.

That leaves Samsung with three different smartphone collections - the Galaxy A, C and J - right after its S7, S7 Edge and future Note 6 flagship. If the company's super high end S line is out of reach for too many people, the upcoming Galaxy C could find a nice sweet spot between Samsung's more affordable Galaxy J budget handsets and higher-end Galaxy A offerings.

The Samsung Galaxy C5 is expected to be equipped with a 5.2-inch display. It's not yet been revealed what kind of resolution it will have, but it certainly won't be the QHD screen being used on the S7's.

Inside, the Galaxy C5 (SM-C5000) is listed to have 4 GB of RAM and an octa-core Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1.52 GHz. It remains to be seen whether there will also be an equally capable Exynos processor to be sold in Asian markets.

As the Galaxy C series will be coming out later this year, the C5 will be released with the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The launch date for the series, at least for the C5, is pegged for sometime in May and the Chinese market will have first dibs on the upper midrange device.

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