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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.

Camera and Multimedia

Windows Phone 8 devices like the Samsung ATIV S Neo come with a pretty versatile camera application that lets you tweak a bunch of things like the focus mode, white balance, exposure, ISO and more. Working with the settings is comfortable as they are all found in the same place, however, since they are all under the same list, it would have been nice if the list itself could occupy a bigger part of the screen so as to minimize scrolling.

Camera interface - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Camera interface - Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview

Camera interface


Naturally, we cannot comment on the quality of the test shots we took with the S Neo, because our unit isn't final, but as always, we're posting them here for you to see.



Samsung ATIV S Neo Sample Video:




Thanks to the hub-oriented structure of the WP8 operating system, consumers will find it very easy to discover, purchase and enjoy various content on the ATIV S Neo. For example, the Music+Video hub takes care of all your music and video, and provides access to the music store. Meanwhile, the Photos app will not only hold your photos, but will also provide updates about new image uploads by your friends in social networks. Of course, the phone's sizable 4.8” screen is just perfect for multimedia consumption.

Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview


Samsung ATIV S Neo Preview
Expectations

The Samsung ATIV S Neo does stand a chance as part of Sprint's line-up, considering there are no Nokia Lumia devices there, as those provide numerous advantages over a 'cleaner' Windows Phone handset like the ATIV S Neo. Meanwhile, the HTC 8XT is more of a mid-range product so it won't necessarily compete with the S Neo.

For now, the ATIV S Neo seems like a solid WP8 offering that's specifically suitable for multimedia thanks to its large screen. It won't really blow anyone away, but will do well at filling the gap in Sprint's smartphone portfolio. If you're a Sprint user who's looking to jump on the Windows Phone train, this might be your chance, though it'd be best if you wait for our ATIV S Neo Review, as that's where we'll be able to give our definitive opinion about the handset.

Samsung ATIV S Neo Video Preview:



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

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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: 493; 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: 2145; 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: 2145; 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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