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Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo - A Flagship Reborn

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo - A Flagship Reborn
Flagship phones are remarkable pieces of technology, marrying latest features with breathtaking design. There is one issue however; they are also incredibly expensive. For tech aficionados, price may not be a problem because having the latest gadget is worth it, yet there are so many users craving similar performance and design, but don’t want to spend that amount of money. Luckily Samsung decided to step in and make a device featuring the best of both worlds. Let’s take a better look!

Galaxy S5 Neo


On the outside, Galaxy S5 Neo is almost identical to its predecessor which is a good thing as this phone is supposed to evoke the same feeling of exclusivity. Nowadays we are used to premium materials such as metal and glass, however back in the day, phones were built out of polycarbonate and looked equally appealing. Slight changes in design are visible like the smoother bezel and more uniform look, yet the original charm of Galaxy S5 remains. Fans of removable back covers and expandable storage can rejoice because S5 Neo keeps those features unlike many current flagships. Unfortunately some features had to be removed in order to make Neo affordable and those features include the fingerprint scanner and Micro USB3 port.

Galaxy S5 Neo


We almost forgot how great Samsung S5’s screen was. Cramming 1080 x 1920 pixels onto a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED panel, Samsung manages to deliver an unbelievably crisp viewing experience. The fact that it has fewer pixels than today’s flagships doesn’t matter one bit, withstanding the test of time like a champion. Fewer pixels also translate into an easier time for the GPU, making the entire experience utterly smooth. There is just something special about AMOLED panels and the way the color pops right of the screen. While some think it’s a bit oversaturated, we love how it brings out all the details.

Galaxy S5 Neo


Another major change compared to Galaxy S5 is the CPU. Instead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, S5 Neo comes with an eight core Exynos 7580 CPU joined by Mali-T720MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Our testing revealed similar performance, if not a slight increase in some areas. Performance may be slightly lower than today’s flagships, but take price into account and suddenly S5 Neo makes a lot of sense. Value for money is a benchmark flagships ditch out the window, however for phones in this price range it should be a key indicator. Internal memory comes in at 16GB and is expandable via a microSD slot. Before we forget, we have to mention Neo’s incredible battery life. Featuring a 2800mAh battery we weren’t expecting any miracles, yet it managed to blow us away by lasting nearly 3 days on a single charge. Thinking of another smartphone with similar performance is impossible, especially in times when charging our phones daily became an acceptable routine.

 

Galaxy S5 Neo


Imagining is taken care of by two sensors; a 16-megapixel main sensor paired to a 5-megapixel front sensor. Seeing that selfies became an integral part of our lives, Samsung decided to give us a better front camera compared to its flagship predecessor while the rear camera remains the same. Both cameras do a fantastic job, and it just goes to show how good S5’s camera was in the first place. Samsung’s camera interface is incredibly easy to use and the auto mode is pretty much all one needs for taking great photos.

Even though a lot of time has passed since we last tested Galaxy S5, its more affordable successor was a great way to experience it once again. Some features were removed to keep the price down, but those features won’t be missed by many and its modest price tag will surely bring it closer to consumers. If you are looking for something powerful with incredible battery life, Galaxy S5 Neo should be your top choice!

 


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