The Galaxy S5 Neo is hardly a surprise. We have
been aware of the model ever since last year and various leaks have already given away most
of its specs sheet. Last month, the handset even reportedly went up for
preorder in the Czech Republic, but the information was slightly shady,
especially considering the cited July 3 shipping date, which never came to pass.
Today brings another
similar scoop, but this time things look a lot more credible. A reputable
retailer in the Netherlands now has the Galaxy S5 Neo (SM-G903F) officially
listed for preorder, with shipments set for the end of next month. This also
confirms the specs sheet for the model with quite a few changes compared to the
one, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset has been swapped for Samsung's own
Exynos 7580. It is a 64-bit chip with a total of eight Cortex-A53 cores,
clocked at 1.6 GHz and a Mali-T720 GPU. It is worth noting that this chip is
functionally slower than the Snapdragon silicon it replaces, but that is to be
expected from a Neo device. Another big change is the modem, which is now
capable of Cat.6 LTE speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
Most other specs seem to
be unchanged. The S5 Neo is advertised as having a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED FullHD
display, just like its sibling. Also 2GB of RAM. Naturally, this means it has
to be pretty similar to the S5 in dimensions as well and it is. Actually, they
look absolutely identical - 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm with a weight of 145 g. So the
S5 Neo could in fact borrow the exact same shell from the S5.
is, however one other change. The front camera has been upgraded from 2MP to
5MP. Allegedly, this is the same shooter as the one found in the Galaxy S6 and
S6 edge flagships. As for the main camera - it is the same at 16MP.
retailer has also included a price for the device - €429. Color choices include
black, gold and silver and shipping should begin in four weeks. This does sound
credible enough, but still should be taken with a grain of salt, as the S6 is
already here and last we heard, the S5 Neo was canceled. Still, you can decide
whether to believe the seller for yourself.