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Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo review

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Rebooting the wildly popular Galaxy S5, Samsung is releasing a nearly untouched version of the phone in the Galaxy S5 Neo. Does the reduced price and slightly tweaked features make this old flagship favorite competitive again?

Let’s see what reviews are saying!

It’s important to note that the phone features are almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Notable changes include:

- The leather rear panel is replaced with a plastic shell. However, it’s not removable allowing you to swap batteries for extra juice when needed.
- You no longer need to put flaps and plugs into the various ports to maintain water resistance.
- The processor in the new handset is an octa-core 1.66GHz Exynos processor. Reviews on the processor were mixed. The general consensus is that for typical usage, the processor performs slightly better than the Snapdragon used in the S5. However, a weaker graphics processor in the Neo means gaming isn’t as strong.
- The front-facing camera is upgraded from 2MP to 5MP. Reviews on the camera are positive.
- No IR transmitter
- No fingerprint scanner

Otherwise, you’re getting the same screen, storage and other features from the Samsung Galaxy S5. For more on what to expect, check out our previously published summary!


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
5.1"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Know Your Mobile

Surprisingly good, actually. It may look like a bulldog chewing a wasp but it has a lot of practical features, some of which are to a very high standard; notably the display, camera, and battery. If you favour features and pragmatism over aesthetics this could be a winner.

- Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile
Alphr

The S5 Neo is the Galaxy S5 reborn, but it's faster, has better battery life and is much cheaper.

- Jonathan Bray, Alphr
Canadian Reviewer

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is a great option for anyone considering a contract-free midrange device that has dust and water resistance, microSD expansion and a removeable, user-replaceable battery.

- Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla, Canadian Reviewer
Expert Reviews

Its battery life and display are still first in class, but at this price the Galaxy S5 Neo faces stiff competition.

- Katharine Byrne, Expert Reviews
Notebookcheck

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is "recycling" on a very high level. The previous flagship smartphone has been improved in some respects, but the performance of the SoC is reduced and some features have been removed.Positive aspects of the Galaxy S5 Neo are still the sturdy chassis, the great display, the...

- Andreas Osthoff, Notebookcheck


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Screen Size
5.1"

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo's screen size is 5.1 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos Octa core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 900 minutes, 780 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S5 Neo Specs

Overview
Release date September 10, 2015
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)

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Processor Samsung Exynos Octa core 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.46 W/kg
Body: 0.58 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 780 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 780 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 660 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Gold, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 432 pixels
Size 5.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-G903W

Variation: Samsung SM-G903F, sold in the UK, adds an FM radio
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