Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Rebooting the wildly popular Galaxy S5, Samsung is releasing a nearly untouched version of the phone in the Galaxy S5 Neo. Does the reduced price and slightly tweaked features make this old flagship favorite competitive again?

Let’s see what reviews are saying!

It’s important to note that the phone features are almost identical to the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Notable changes include:

- The leather rear panel is replaced with a plastic shell. However, it’s not removable allowing you to swap batteries for extra juice when needed.
- You no longer need to put flaps and plugs into the various ports to maintain water resistance.
- The processor in the new handset is an octa-core 1.66GHz Exynos processor. Reviews on the processor were mixed. The general consensus is that for typical usage, the processor performs slightly better than the Snapdragon used in the S5. However, a weaker graphics processor in the Neo means gaming isn’t as strong.
- The front-facing camera is upgraded from 2MP to 5MP. Reviews on the camera are positive.
- No IR transmitter
- No fingerprint scanner

Otherwise, you’re getting the same screen, storage and other features from the Samsung Galaxy S5. For more on what to expect, check out our previously published summary!


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
5.1"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Know Your Mobile

Surprisingly good, actually. It may look like a bulldog chewing a wasp but it has a lot of practical features, some of which are to a very high standard; notably the display, camera, and battery. If you favour features and pragmatism over aesthetics this could be a winner.

- Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile
Alphr

The S5 Neo is the Galaxy S5 reborn, but it's faster, has better battery life and is much cheaper.

- Jonathan Bray, Alphr
Canadian Reviewer

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is a great option for anyone considering a contract-free midrange device that has dust and water resistance, microSD expansion and a removeable, user-replaceable battery.

- Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla, Canadian Reviewer
Expert Reviews

Its battery life and display are still first in class, but at this price the Galaxy S5 Neo faces stiff competition.

- Katharine Byrne, Expert Reviews
Notebookcheck

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is "recycling" on a very high level. The previous flagship smartphone has been improved in some respects, but the performance of the SoC is reduced and some features have been removed.Positive aspects of the Galaxy S5 Neo are still the sturdy chassis, the great display, the...

- Andreas Osthoff, Notebookcheck


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy S5 Neo on September 10, 2015.


The Galaxy S5 Neo price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo user manual here.


Samsung backs up the Galaxy S5 Neo with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Galaxy S5 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
5.1"

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo's screen size is 5.1 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos Octa core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 900 minutes, 780 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S5 Neo Specs

Overview
Release date September 10, 2015
Regions available Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)

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Processor Samsung Exynos Octa core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.46 W/kg
Body: 0.58 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 780 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 780 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 660 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Gold, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 432 pixels
Size 5.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-G903W

Variation: Samsung SM-G903F, sold in the UK, adds an FM radio
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Critic Reviews


Know Your Mobile

A no-fuss, no frills handset

from Know Your Mobile

Surprisingly good, actually. It may look like a bulldog chewing a wasp but it has a lot of practical features, some of which are to a very high standard; notably the display, camera, and battery. If you favour features and pragmatism over aesthetics this could be a winner.

Read full review

Surprisingly good, actually. It may look like a bulldog chewing a wasp but it has a lot of practical features, some of which are to a very high standard; notably the display, camera, and battery. If you favour features and pragmatism over aesthetics this could be a winner.

Read full review

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Alphr

The S5, rebooted

from Alphr

In the final analysis, it’s impossible not to be impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo. If you can get on with the design, which isn’t the most attractive in the world, its combination of performance, battery life, camera quality and a reasonable price make it nearly unbeatable.

Read full review

In the final analysis, it’s impossible not to be impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo. If you can get on with the design, which isn’t the most attractive in the world, its combination of performance, battery life, camera quality and a reasonable price make it nearly unbeatable.

Read full review

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Canadian Reviewer

Has a lot going for it

from Canadian Reviewer

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is a great option for anyone considering a contract-free midrange device that has dust and water resistance, microSD expansion and a removeable, user-replaceable battery.

Read full review

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is a great option for anyone considering a contract-free midrange device that has dust and water resistance, microSD expansion and a removeable, user-replaceable battery.

Read full review

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Expert Reviews

A new[ish] Galaxy with microSD

from Expert Reviews

In some respects, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is a reminder of just how good the original Galaxy S5 was. It had an incredible battery life, a great camera and a gorgeous display, and for some, this will be more than enough reason to choose this over its closest rival, the Nexus 5X. The OnePlus 2 is...More

In some respects, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is a reminder of just how good the original Galaxy S5 was. It had an incredible battery life, a great camera and a gorgeous display, and for some, this will be more than enough reason to choose this over its closest rival, the Nexus 5X. The OnePlus 2 is another handset for your shortlist, it's significantly faster and cheaper at £289 but it's also considerably bigger, which might put off some.

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Notebookcheck

A sophisticated smartphone with good core features

from Notebookcheck

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is "recycling" on a very high level. The previous flagship smartphone has been improved in some respects, but the performance of the SoC is reduced and some features have been removed.

Positive aspects of the Galaxy S5 Neo are still the sturdy chassis, the gre...More

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is "recycling" on a very high level. The previous flagship smartphone has been improved in some respects, but the performance of the SoC is reduced and some features have been removed.

Positive aspects of the Galaxy S5 Neo are still the sturdy chassis, the great display, the comprehensive software equipment and the long battery runtimes. The smartphone is still waterproof, but does not need the annoying covers anymore. Samsung has also improved the cameras – the results are actually quite nice. Only the video options are limited. Unlike the current flagship smartphones from the S6-series, you can replace the battery and expand the storage via microSD-card. 

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Laptop Media

The good old S5 with something on the side

from Laptop Media

Galaxy S5 Neo is a refreshed version of the standard Galaxy S5. The main difference between the two devices is in the SoC as the newer model boasts an Exynos CPU, which provides slightly better overall performance, but at the same time has a very positive impact on battery life. Speaking of which...More

Galaxy S5 Neo is a refreshed version of the standard Galaxy S5. The main difference between the two devices is in the SoC as the newer model boasts an Exynos CPU, which provides slightly better overall performance, but at the same time has a very positive impact on battery life. Speaking of which, the device performed great in most battery tests and we we’re also pleased with the low temperatures of the device, even after prolonged usage. The user interface offers many modes, features and pre-installed apps that should be enough to satisfy your needs.

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User Reviews


Gregory

Worst phone ive ever had

Samsung should be ashamed for putting their name on this phone. Batt is terrible, so is the processor. Speaker phone didnt work from day one, now the phone freezes all the time, super annoying and im stuck with it til oct unless i want to pay bell to buy it out which isnt going to happen.  Thanks bell...More
Samsung should be ashamed for putting their name on this phone. Batt is terrible, so is the processor. Speaker phone didnt work from day one, now the phone freezes all the time, super annoying and im stuck with it til oct unless i want to pay bell to buy it out which isnt going to happen.  Thanks bell for recommending this pos. Im done with korean phones now. Less
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is a perfect smartphone. Display is beyond comparison as it gives you brighter, Clearer & sharper image every time. Its 16MP camera is best to take perfect pictures, you can click very clear pictures even in low light conditions. The phone runs on Octa-Core processor that allows y...More
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo is a perfect smartphone. Display is beyond comparison as it gives you brighter, Clearer & sharper image every time. Its 16MP camera is best to take perfect pictures, you can click very clear pictures even in low light conditions. The phone runs on Octa-Core processor that allows you to perform multiple tasks without being hanged & is really very fast. Less

Great Smartphone From Samsung

I am writing this review after using phone for 2 months & I am finding it really awesome. Before using this I was on Micromax Canvas. Micromax model shows performance issues even from the first months. Then I switch back to Samsung & then I feel nothing is compared to the brand. Talking about its speci...More
I am writing this review after using phone for 2 months & I am finding it really awesome. Before using this I was on Micromax Canvas. Micromax model shows performance issues even from the first months. Then I switch back to Samsung & then I feel nothing is compared to the brand. Talking about its specifications, Phone's performance is excellent. Fully loadded with all the latest features. Haven't faced any heating & hanging issues till now. Display is awesome. Interface is very clear & sharp. Best camera for perfect pictures. Less
Meghan

This phone is a downgrade from the s4

This phone is very slow, it freezes frequently, the screen randomly blacks out. Another thing I miss from the S4 is the continuous swipe on the app screen I can't go from the4th to first screen I have to swipe back through each page. I'm not a tech person and not the greatest with electronics, however...More
This phone is very slow, it freezes frequently, the screen randomly blacks out. Another thing I miss from the S4 is the continuous swipe on the app screen I can't go from the4th to first screen I have to swipe back through each page. I'm not a tech person and not the greatest with electronics, however this phone is a disaster compared to my old S4. Less

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