NuAns Neo is a colorful Windows 10 phone with Continuum support that wants to leave Japan


Last year, Japanese company NuAns unveiled a Windows 10 handset of the same name with then-exciting for the platform features – an octa-core Snapdragon 617, backed with 2GB of RAM, USB Type-C support and a 3350 mAh battery. Pre-orders for the NuAns Neo were opened in November 2015 but the phone was available for purchase in Japan only. Now the company is trying to make its headset globally available via an upcoming Kickstarter campaign.

The NuAns Neo is mainly aimed at the casual business types with full Continuum support and hip design. Speaking of that, one of the more unique features of the device, aesthetics-wise at least, are its swappable dual-color back covers. They consist of two halves – upper and lower half – and are available in eight basic designs that can be combined for different looks. On offer are also leather flip cases in similar color schemes. That's probably what all yuipes are looking for in a Windows handset. But seriously though, it's a nice feature to see in a Windows device.


The NuAns Neo is not so hot in the hardware department as it was last year, but might still be able to find a userbase if priced reasonably. At 0.4-inch (11.3mm) thick, the NuAns Neo is not exactly the slimmest phone out there, but still has a fairly compact footprint by today's standards. As far as thickness goes, NuAns actually prides itself in what has been achieved with the Neo, saying that “when a phone is too thin, it becomes uncomfortable to hold." Speaking of sizes, at 5 inches and with a resolution of 720 x 1280, the screen is not exactly big either, although it's in the golden mean by today's preferred display sizes.

The mid-range Snapdragon 617 and 2GB of RAM should be adequate enough for lighter Continuum work and the 3350 mAh battery should be plenty enough, considering the specs. The company is claiming “about 2 days” of battery life for the Neo under undisclosed conditions of use, but it should be just fine, considering how the Lumia 950 XL is doing with its 3340 mAh battery. The Neo also supports Qualcomm Qucik Charge 2.0 with a claimed recharge from 0 to 80% in about an hour. Other features include NFC Type-A/B/F support, 16GB of (thankfully) expandable internal storage, a 13MP rear and 5MP front shooter, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity and a reversible USB Type-C connector.

Last November, the NuAns Neo could be preordered in Japan for about $380. What would you say would be a reasonable new pricing for the international version? We don't know what NuAns has in mind in terms of pricing, but we'll find out soon enough, when the Kickstarter campaign launches toward the end of June.

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10 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the ugliest 2016's phone... and at that thickness it should have built-in continuum dock functionality, microHDMI for display, and one extra full-size USB port

2. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 412; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Not really ugly it is the nexbit Robin for Windows and features a creative design that's fresh for Windows. Stop hating on things you can't build.

8. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I don't think it's an ugly phone or too big. It has Windows 10 mobile. That is the problem.

6. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It's actually not as big as the pics make it out to be. Look up Nuans neo hands on during ces 2016. And it has lots of different looks.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What's sticking out of the top of the phone in the first slideshow image? Or is that just a bar it's leaning against?

4. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Is it a phone, seriously? No one is going to waste money on this brick. It seems like all those unfamiliar Japanese companies don't have a clue how far other companies have reached. This is not the 90s era anymore.

7. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

So it's a phone with W10 mobile that turns into a crappier version of Windows 10 for desktops. Oh yeah. Bring that to the US or anywhere in the world. People will be lining the streets to buy this.........

9. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I use continuum on the 950XL. And with more and more apps/games coming out and supporting UWP, it's actually a pleasant experience. It has its short comings at this point in time. You can only have 1 full screen window for example. I thought maybe anniversary update would solve that issue but looks like we have to wait another year for Redstone 2. So likely it won't be a solution for everyone. But if you want a phone and don't want a separate PC since all you do is browse and do small stuff on your PC, then it's a pretty good solution. I have my PC hooked up to my tv for serious gaming and just use my phone at my monitor with keyboard/mouse. And there are also accessories coming out like lapdocks. It's a laptop but pure battery/screen so none of the costs of expensive chips but the portability of a laptop and with even more battery which also can charge the phone. The HP Elite X3 is a good example. But that's likely why MS is releasing their new devices spring 2017 so that the software will finally be finalized. Windows 10 has great potential but they need to be quicker. Google is adding android apps to chrome now which is another big thing. Chromebooks are pretty cheap as it is. Not as cheap as a plain lap dock but for someone that already has a phone much better than an expensive windows laptop. So MS needs to really kickstart their dev process.

10. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I would rather use an Android phone and my desktop or alienware laptop. I don't care how much more it cost. Nothing can be as diminishing to the soul as using a Windows mobile product.

11. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Also... "I have my PC hooked up to my tv for serious gaming" There is no way you can do serious gaming by hooking up a PC to a TV. You definitely need a monitor or dual monitors. It just can't be done using a television.

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