Did Samsung put enough under the hood of the Neo to make it a worthwhile investment for those looking for affordable big screen droids? Let’s take a look.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo offers in large part identical specifications to its predecessor, the Galaxy Grand: a 5-inch WVGA screen, 8GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. Samsung has beefed up the 1.2GHz processor to a quad-core variety, while downgrading the 8MP camera with 1080p recording on the original to a 5MP snapper with 720p video capture.
In terms of controls, the Grand Neo is identical to its predecessor, featuring a volume rocker and power/lock button on either side, while the 3.5mm audio jack and USB port are on the top and bottom, respectively. The back panel is made of a matte material that resists fingerprints and smudges well, underneath which lies the 2,100 mAh battery and card slots (a dual-SIM variant also exists).
Software-wise, the Grand Neo features virtually the same Android Jelly Bean build found on the Galaxy Grand, and the featureset that goes with it. The quad-core CPU should make the performance that much snappier, but we have yet to put it through our rigorous benchmark routine to know exactly how much.