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Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview

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Our Samsung ATIV S Neo Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Introduction

Lookie here, it turns out Nokia isn't the only company churning out Windows phones, as Samsung is reminding us that it too knows how to handle those live tiles. With a phone destined to grace Sprint's late-summer line-up, Samsung is gearing up to launch what may be considered the US version of its current Windows Phone 8 flagship, the ATIV S. Sprint's phone will be called ATIV S Neo, and by the looks of it, it'll fail to upgrade upon what the ATIV S already offers.


Design

No shocks here – the Samsung ATIV S Neo is incredibly similar to the ATIV S in terms of external appearance, which is to say that it's decent. The bad news is that the ATIV S Neo seems to have lost the fancy back cover design of the ATIV S, replacing it with a far more generic-looking one instead.

The ATIV S Neo sticks to Samsung's favorite glossy plastic construction, which makes handling the phone quite convenient - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
The ATIV S Neo sticks to Samsung's favorite glossy plastic construction, which makes handling the phone quite convenient - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
The ATIV S Neo sticks to Samsung's favorite glossy plastic construction, which makes handling the phone quite convenient - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview

The ATIV S Neo sticks to Samsung's favorite glossy plastic construction, which makes handling the phone quite convenient


Sporting that trademark Pebble Blue color with a sort of a 'jeans' texture, the ATIV S Neo sticks to Samsung's favorite glossy plastic construction, which has proven to make handling the phone quite convenient. The handset is on the bulkier side, but button placement is very appropriate, meaning users won't have any trouble reaching any of the keys.

Front - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Front camera - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Windrows buttons - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview

Front

Front camera

Windrows buttons


Unlike, Nokia, Samsung has decided to put a physical Home key instead of a touch-sensitive one. Not that it makes any significant difference. The Back and Search keys are capacitive and found at their usual places around the Home one.

Top - The sides of the Samsung ATIV S Neo - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Bottom - The sides of the Samsung ATIV S Neo - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Right - The sides of the Samsung ATIV S Neo - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Left - The sides of the Samsung ATIV S Neo - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview

Top

Bottom

Right

Left

The sides of the Samsung ATIV S Neo

Back - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Rear camera - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Battery compartment - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview

Back

Rear camera

 

Battery compartment



Display

Carrying its habits over from Android, Samsung has installed a large 4.8” display on the ATIV S Neo – same as on the international ATIV S. Resolution has also stayed the same at 720x1280 pixels. The only difference here is that instead of AMOLED, the display technology in use is LCD. While this won't have such a dramatic impact on the phone's usage, it's safe to say that outdoor visibility will be better with the S Neo, as LCDs are still capable of higher brightness outputs compared to their AMOLED counterparts.

Anyways, we can't offer any conclusive thoughts here, seeing that we're dealing with an early version of the phone which may not accurately represent the retail product's qualities.


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posted on 19 Jul 2013, 03:50 2

1. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 May 2013)


"Neo" means new and, as what PA said, by the looks of it, it'll fail to upgrade upon what the ATIV S already offers.. Geez..

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 03:58 11

2. Johnnokia (Posts: 486; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Nice article. But sorry, when it comes to WP, it means only NOKIA.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 04:19 9

3. Moodi (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Totally Agree WP = Nokia

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 15:31

12. Padfoneluva (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


If you look at the specs and I'm not even a "specs" guy, you will see this phone exceeds or matches most of Nokia's offerings. I've held a Lumia and frankly I wasn't impressed.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 06:28

4. gd761 (Posts: 107; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Fortunately I'm going to Wait some More until Sprint comes out with some HIGH END Windows Phones. Maybe when Microsoft Releases the GDR3 for Windows Phone by the End of the Year, there could Possibly be Some HIGH END Windows Phones Just being Released or News of them in the First Half of 2014. At that Time if and When that Happens, I Will Think about Considering to Maybe Upgrading from My HTC ARRIVE. One thing that I REALLY REALLY WANT, is a Physical Sliding Landscape QWERTY Keyboard just like is on My HTC ARRIVE.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 09:39 1

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You might wanna get your caps lock button fixed. It keeps coming on unnecessarily.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 11:37 1

8. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I think high end phones with keyboards are done.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 12:02 1

9. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Don't hold your breath this is sprint you are talkin about. I have been waiting for a replacement to my arrive for years!!! I think this is the best sprint will get for a loooooonnnngggg while.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 11:06

6. gd761 (Posts: 107; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


That was ALL Done on PURPOSE!

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 11:35

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It's doing it again. Don't take it to Best Buy. The Geek Squad knows nothing.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 12:26

10. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I hope around the time they release this thing they will have a nokia model ready for release.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 18:07

11. BennyDBowser (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Good detailed atticle

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 15:45

13. Padfoneluva (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


OK so this phone has been out for a year but it hasn't even been released in the USA yet. So what?? As it is it exceeds or matches most of Nokia's offerings already so I don't understand why everybody and his uncle are crying over this. I think Nokia's Lumia's are as exciting as a bucket of water, there I said it. Nokia can't seem to make up there minds on what they are making phones or camera's! When I want to capture memories I'm NOT reaching for a damn cell phone, I'll use one of the 3 camera's I own. Taking pix with your cell is just a convenience not a make or break issue. Now that I've read the article I do understand some things though. I had no idea the manufacturers cannot tamper with the OS so they have to make the phone stand out hardware wise. This is a great idea that way no matter what phone you buy you get the same Windows experience. I really wish MS had chosen some other company to build it's "flagship" phones, that way we might actually get something other than a camera you can make calls with. The ASUS Padfone would have been AWESOME!

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Samsung ATIV S Neo

Samsung ATIV S Neo

OS: Windows Phone 8
view full specs
Display4.8 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (308 ppi) TFT
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930AA, Dual core, 1400 MHz, Krait 300 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.33 x 2.72 x 0.36 inches
(135 x 69 x 9 mm)
5.08 oz  (144 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 15 hours talk time

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