There is no doubt Samsung is going to launch a Neo version of its last-year flagship. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo already leaked a few times and even popped went on pre-order in the Czech Republic (quickly removed) and then in the Netherlands for €428.
Today the Galaxy S5 Neo is up for pre-order in Germany for €439. According to the online retailer the handset will ship on August 27. The listing has been around for a while and is still live, so we guess we can call it official.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo looks exactly like the original Galaxy S5, though comes only in black flavor. It’s still water and dust proof, offers a 5.1″ Super AMOLED 1080p display, a capable 16MP main camera and a heart-rate sensor. The S5 Neo seems to be losing the fingerprint scanner and the 4K video recording though.
As others Neo handsets, the S5 Neo switches the Snapdragon 801 chip for Samsung’s own Exynos 7580, which houses a total of eight Cortex-A53 cores, clocked at 1.6 GHz and a Mali-T720 GPU. While this is a very capable SoC, it is slower than the Snapdragon 801. The good news is the S5 Neo has a better modem, which allows for LTE Cat.6 connectivity. Plus there is a better 5MP selfie snapper and FM radio.
It seems Samsung wants to keep the Galaxy S5 for a while as it was with the Galaxy Note 3 and its very Note 3 Neo flavor. Indeed the new Galaxy S5 Neo brings some better features like 5MP selfies, FM radio and faster LTE to the package in exchange of performance throttle, 4K video capturing and fingerprint sensor.