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Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Preview

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Preview
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Preview
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Preview
Introduction


Samsung outed the Galaxy Grand Neo without much fanfare or even a proper announcement recently, and if you look at the specs it might be easier to understand why, as the Grand Neo has weaker points there not only compared to the new Grand 2, but even to last year's Galaxy Grand.

The handset sports a 5” screen with very low pixel density, but the rest of the specs are decent, as the Grand Neo offers you 21 Mbps HSPA+ connectivity, 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, and a quad-core processor. However, the original Galaxy Grand still sells worldwide, and actually offers a higher-res camera and video recording, which raises some eyebrows, so let's preview what can we expect from the Grand Neo...

Design

A budget 5-incher with traditional design

The handset spreads in 5.66 x 3.04 x 0.38” (143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6 mm) dimensions, and weighs the serious 5.75 oz (163g), so it's neither compact nor light in comparison with other 5-inchers out there. The rounded corners and physical home key scream of Samsung Design, as well as the white plastic used for the chassis. Grand Neo sports a removable back cover, which grants you access to the microSIM and memory card slots, as well as to the swappable 2100 mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
5.66 x 3.04 x 0.38 inches
143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
5.78 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches
146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Sony Xperia C
5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches
141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

Sony Xperia C

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

Too low pixel density is the phone's biggest drawback

Grand Neo comes equipped with a 5” panel, but that's where the fun stops. This basic LCD screen has 480x800 pixels of resolution, resulting in a 186 pixels per inch count, worthy of an eye roll. As a consequence, most everything appears jagged and pixelated, which can be rather annoying not only if you are a screen purist, but simply if you have toyed with today's midrangers, most of which come with at least 220ppi.

Still, for watching videos and occasionally for browsing, a big screen often trumps pixel density, so if these are your main purposes, the Neo might be a fine budget choice, depending on the price.

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posted on 04 Feb 2014, 05:39

1. Vish_i_was (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


another day, yet another crap show

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 05:59 1

2. PorkyBurger (Posts: 256; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I can't see the purpose of this phone. Original Grand already had a nice price and better camera. But who cares, this "affordable" phone would be overpriced anyway.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 10:25

3. lalalaman (Posts: 390; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Grand was enuf...same specs

Grand 2 was a nice upgrade

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 20:16

4. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Generically ugly.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 21:12

5. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


as always

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Display5.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (186 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Broadcom BCM23550, Quad core, 1200 MHz, Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.66 x 3.04 x 0.38 inches
(143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6 mm)
5.75 oz  (163 g)

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