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

Informr score
The Samsung ATIV S Neo currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Excellent battery life
  • Good display with crisp details and good color reproduction
  • Sturdy design

What's bad

  • Sluggish 3G network connection
  • Mediocre camera
  • Slippery plastic chassis

The ATIV S Neo is Samsung's second foray into the Windows phone market, following a year after the release of Samsung's first Windows phone – the ATIV S. Despite being a Windows phone, reviewers couldn't help but notice the similarities between the S Neo and Samsung's Android devices. Like Samsung's other phones, this one sports a curved chassis with a glossy faux metallic finish, making it a bit slippery for many reviewers. Luckily, it was found to be quite sturdy and could weather a couple short drops.

At 4.8 inches, the display is larger than the Nokia 625 by 0.1 inches. While the difference in size is barely noticeable, the S Neo offers a higher resolution of 720 pixels. At 306ppi, the display is full HD nor retina, but critics point out that the TCT LCD screen offers crisp details, true to life colors and good viewing angles. In indoor and outdoor lighting, most reviewers found the screen readable, although WP Central mentions that colors get washed out in very bright light.

Running the phone is a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. In everyday use, performance was found to be smooth and snappy as most apps launched in a second or less. Benchmark tests place the device near the top for mid-range devices with similar specs, with only the HTC 8XT beating it.

The only issue reviewers experienced was when using the 3G connection. Digital Trends found the network speed incredibly slow, saying it made the phone feel "sluggish." In addition to the processor and RAM, the device offers 16GB of internal memory, a microSD slot and a 2,000 mAh battery. During rigorous battery tests, testers were able to run the battery for 8 hours of heavy usage and 15 hours of moderate usage.

Like most smartphones, this one comes equipped with an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. Despite the relatively low megapixel count, critics were generally happy with picture quality. In sufficient lighting, reviewers point out that the images were sharp but under saturated.

At the end of the day, critics agree that the ATIV S Neo is a decent but unassuming Windows phone. Pocket Now says, "It's not particularly good-looking, fast or new" but adds, "It gets the job done." Phone Dog gives more praise to the device stating, "I can safely say it's a great mid-range device…"

Windows Phone
Operating system
Operating system
Windows Phone
1.4 GHz
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
2000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Samsung ATIV S Neo is a well-built Windows Phone for those looking for a mid-level performer. I would not expect much beyond average performance out of the camera but can see the phone appealing to those looking for a budget, large screen Windows Phone.

- George Ponder, WPCentral
Phone Scoop
Phone Scoop

Samsung did a very good job in designing and manufacturing the ATIV S Neo. It's an attractive piece of hardware that is comfortable to use and functions just as it should. The screen is particularly nice, battery life is quite good, and phone calls made through the earpiece sound divine. It's a sham...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop

If you're on Sprint and you want to give Windows Phone a shot, then there is no doubt in my mind that the ATIV S Neo is the way to go. It's display is sharp and nice to look at, while also benefiting from being almost the perfect size. It's sturdy, even if it is plastic. And, for only $50, it fits t...

- Evan Selleck, Phonedog
Digital Trends
Digital Trends

- Matt Safford, Digital Trends

It’s not particularly good-looking, fast, or new.

- Michael Fisher, Pocketnow

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung ATIV S Neo user manual here.

Samsung backs up the ATIV S Neo with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your ATIV S Neo has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Samsung ATIV S Neo's screen size is 4.77 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8930AA Dual core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 13.8 days standby time, 900 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

ATIV S Neo Specs

Release Date August 16, 2013
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8930AA Dual core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.91 W/kg
Body: 1.52 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, White balance, Exposure Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 306 pixels
Size 4.77 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 420 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 600 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to 13.8 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.5 x 6.9 x 0.9 cm (5.3 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 144 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, MSN, Windows Live
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA, M4A
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Weather, Stocks, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Samsung SPH-I800
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