Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo preview – the new version of last year’s flagship

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Even though Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t a new model a newer version of the phone has emerged. The Neo version of Galaxy S5 was officially revealed last month. It is very similar to the original one, both in appearance and in specs, but there are some important changes that really make a difference.

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Powerful Exynos 7 Octa 7580 SoC and 2GB RAM

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One of the main changes in the Neo version lies within the SoC. The new model boast Exynos 7 Octa 7580 and as you’ve probably guessed from the name, it has eight cores – Cortex-A53, clocked at 1.6GHz. There is also a change in the GPU unit as it is now Mali-T720. The available RAM remains the same – 2GB.

Galaxy S5 Neo has 16GB of internal storage, but for those who think that it won’t be enough, there is a microSD memory card slot supporting up to 128GB.

5.1-inch Super AMOLED display and water resistance certificate

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The resolution of the screen is Full HD providing highly detailed images, especially since we’re talking about a 5.1-inch display. Pixel density is 432 ppi and in addition to that, the screen features a Super AMOLED panel having very vivid, bright colors with high contrast ratio as well as wide viewing angles.

Normally, the device inherits the appearance of its namesake. This means that it has the same textured back panel and 8.1 thickness. The dust and waterproof certificate is also present and the device can be submerged under water for up to 1 meter and up to 30 minutes.

2800mAh battery and 16MP camera

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The battery of Galaxy S5 Neo has 2800mAh capacity and according to Samsung it should provide up to 13 hours of Wi-Fi Web browsing or video playback, up to 15 hours of talk time and up to 73 hours of music playback. On top of that the battery is removable making it easily swappable when you’re low on charge. All of the perks of Samsung’s UI are also present here including the Ultra Power Saving mode that allows you to greatly extend the remaining battery life by limiting the phone’s features to its basic ones and turning the screen into black and white mode.

The rear camera of the device has a 16MP sensor with autofocus and LED flash. However, there is a significant improvement in the front-facing unit and now boasts 5MP resolution and offers a lot of new features, including the wide angle selfie and taking a photo with a voice comand.

Specs sheet


OS Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
CPU Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7580 (4-cores, 2.10GHz, Cortex-A57 & 4-cores, 1.50GHz, Cortex-A53)
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
GPU Mali-T720
Display 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive multitouch screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, A-GPS
Cameras 16MP with autofocus and LED flash (rear), 5MP (front)
Freatures
  • microSD memory card slot, supports up to 128GB
  • microUSB v2.0 port
  • built-in speaker
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • accelerometer
  • proximity sensor
  • camera with geo-tagging, touch to focus, face recognition, HDR, panorama
Battery 2800 mAh
Dimensions 72.5 x 142 x 8.1 mm
Weight 142 grams

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