Samsung Galaxy S5 was unveiled in 2014 but to many people’s surprise, the phone did not have the premium feel and appeal expected from a company of Samsung’s caliber.
To probably make the device available to those running on a budget as well as improve its sales, Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo was introduced in August 2015. Just like the other variants of the Galaxy S5, you will find lots of similarities between the Galaxy S5 Neo and the flagship model. However, the differences are also evident, especially when it comes to specs the phones pack under the hood.
Design and display
Last year saw a rapid change in Samsung’s design, with the company dropping the plastic chassis in favor of metal and glass. This makes the plastic housing of the S5 Neo seem very old school. However, unlike the standard model, you won’t come across the textured look. However, the phone still keeps the expandable storage feature for upping the 16GB of onboard storage as well as the removable battery unit.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display screen that is equipped with the same resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels as the standard S5 as well as the same pixel density of 432ppi.
Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a fingerprint scanner, something you won’t find on the S5 Neo.
As mentioned earlier, there are lots of similarities between Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo and the flagship Galaxy S5. Other than the display unit, the Galaxy S5 Neo also shares some internals with the S5, but there are also some notable changes.
For instance, where Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo has taken to an in-house Exynos 7580 SoC, the flagship used a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC. The former chipset is an octa-core clocked at a speed of 1.6GHz while the latter is a quad-core with a speed of up to 2.5GHz. As for the RAM, the two phones have the same amount of 2GB, which means the performance is basically the same on both handsets.
Camera and battery capacity
Being a revised version of the Galaxy S5, the Neo comes with an enhanced 16MP rear snapper, much similar to what you get with the 16MP available on the Galaxy S6. In addition, Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo also gets a better 5MP selfie camera as compared to the 2MP used on the S5.
As pointed out earlier, you will get the same 2800mAh of removable battery on the Neo, which is the same as what you get on the S5. The device is currently running on Android Lollipop, but we expect to see it upgraded to the latest Android Marshmallow in the near future.