Samsung reportedly preparing Galaxy S5 Neo with new processor and improved front-facing camera

Samsung reportedly preparing Galaxy S5 Neo with new processor and improved front-facing camera
Where many mobile contenders release a handful of smartphones per year, Samsung is a rather different animal. The company pushes new handsets on an almost monthly basis, and with the Galaxy J5 and J7 on the cusp of release, the Tizen maker is apparently prepping the roll-out of the Galaxy S5 Neo. The handset, according to a report on the matter, will look and feel much like the original Galaxy S5, but feature a new processor, revamped front-facing camera, and, perhaps most notably, a cheaper-than-flagship price point. 

According to the folks at SamMobile, the Galaxy S5 Neo (SM-G903F) will pack a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1080 x 1920 display, 16 GB of (probably expandable) storage, and 2 GB of RAM. The primary camera will be a 16-megapixel offering, presumably the same one as found in the original S5, while the battery will pack the same 2800 mAh capacity. 

The processor, however, will change from chip found in the Galaxy S5 as we know it. That 64-bit, octa-core Exynos 7580 chip leaked yesterday through benchmarks will apparently power the S5 Neo. Although it appears, on paper, as though it could get the job done, it would constitute a step down power-wise from the Galaxy S5's quad-core, 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801.

The S5 Neo will reportedly weigh the same as the original S5, and share the same dimensions, but the front camera may be bumped to a 5-megapixel offering. This would place the S5 Neo's front shooter up alongside the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in terms of performance, and also means that selfies will better show all of those lovely little blemishes on your face.

There'll supposedly be a dual-SIM variant of the device carrying the model number SM-G903FD, which would likely be released in countries like China, India and Russia. With Android 5.1 Lollipop off the bat, it should be fairly up-to-date on the software front, and since the Galaxy J5 and J7 will be borrowing the TouchWiz UX of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, it's plausible that the Galaxy S5 Neo will follow suit. 

There's no word on a release as yet, but we'll keep you posted. 

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

If they take S5 and improve the bad design and the laggy software, it can make a really good phone with appropriate price tag.

8. waddup121 unregistered

I would put the neo front facing sensor to the note 5, but okay

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

this should have came out last year or maybe even in the beginning of the year but seems out of place now. lets confuse consumers even more sammy

3. AndyYan

Posts: 84; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

"Neo" ≈ downgrade. Maybe the specs are equal or sometimes better (in the case of S3 Neo, with 1.5GB RAM, better than the regular i9300's 1GB), but without the decent support that the original version enjoys, it's just another phone in $amsung's fleet.

4. realhumanbeing

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

As long as you guys make note that Samsung is an animal, proud Samsung fanboy here :)

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This sounds completely pointless unless it has the newer version of TouchWiz, which is still awful, but not nearly as convoluted, confusing, unintuitive, and redundantly bloated as that on the S5. And/or significantly cheaper.

6. jonathanalexander9

Posts: 61; Member since: May 04, 2015

$450 price tag please

7. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

What's with companies releasing old phones like Sony's Xperia Z3+? They have a name numbering system put in place for a reason so we know which iteration it is. Samsung, Sony, HTC and Huawei need to sort their product range out.

9. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

It would be interesting if S5neo has a new update of touchwiz and a good camera just like s6.

10. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I would love to see a s4 design with better internals than a s5 neo

11. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

S5 is better than S6... Camera on S6 may be greater but, honestly I rather be taking a lot of Pictures than Battery and Sd removable Needs.

12. Jinzyn

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

If s5 neo upgrade includes better fingerprint sensor or retina eye scanning, nice design and more battery energy mAh and if they assure us no lagging issues so i will absolutely patronize their mobile phones, but if not,... sorry for them because i wont buy any of their phones!

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