Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo PreviewSamsung Galaxy Grand Neo
5 MP camera records only 720p HD video
The 5 MP camera on the back of the Grand Neo has an LED flash next to it, and there's also a front-facing shooter for video chat. Samsung offers plenty of shooting modes like Best Shot or Panorama, arranged in an easy to flip through carrousel.
The phone doesn't capture 1080p Full HD video footage, but rather makes do with 720p HD resolution at 30fps. Its predecessor, the Galaxy Grand, was able to do 1080p recording with its 8 MP unit, so go figure.
The gallery offers split-screen view, with a thin strip that lists your folders on the left, and their content on the right, which aids navigation around it. There are plenty of editing options built right into the interface, too.
The music player with its squarish UI elements is familiar from many Samsung phones. The interface might be unimpressive, but it offers all the basics, like song categorization, as well as an abundance of equalizer presets and sound modes to choose from.
We also get a stock video player runs all popular formats, like MKV, DivX and Xvid without a hitch, and up to 1080p resolution at that. Its interface and options leave something to be desired, though, but you can always grab a better one from the Play Store.
Low-res screen and basic processor should result in a lasting handset
Grand Neo arrives with a 2100 mAh battery that Samsung quotes to be good for up to 11 hours of talk time in 3G mode, 10 hours of browsing via Wi-Fi, and 8 hours of video playback, which are pretty good numbers. With that screen resolution and processor, the Neo might turn out to be an endurance champ, but we'll wait for our battery tests on the retail unit to give you the full picture.
Galaxy Grand Neo seems a bit of an odd bird, giving in on specs even compared to last year's Galaxy Grand, let alone to the newer Grand 2. The only advantage it holds before the Grand, for instance, is the quad-core versus dual-core processor, but we'll have to do our tests with the retail version, in order to call that an advantage at all.
Its specs are pretty basic, and in order to appeal to big-screen lovers, the Galaxy Grand Neo has to muster up an enticing price. If the suggested retail tag is indeed 300 USD or EUR, that's close to the Galaxy Grand, which has a higher-resolution camera, and even sports the same version of Android, making it hard to call the Neo an upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Preview - Camera, Multimedia, Battery and Expectations