Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo in the works? Same 5.1-inch display, but only 720p

by: Andrew GrushApril 28, 2014

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Earlier today we reported on a new rumor claiming the so-called Galaxy S5 Prime will be heading our way sometime in June. Judging by Samsung’s recent history, that’s probably not the only GS5 variant in the works either.

Although the next-gen Galaxy Zoom looks like it might be dropping the S5 branding found in previous rumors, there’s still a chance we’ll see a Galaxy S5 Mini and maybe even a GS5 Active — though the latter of these seems less likely considering the GS5 is already water and dust resistant. But what about the ‘Neo’ series?

Samsung has been using the “Neo” branding a lot recently for budget variants of its popular devices, including the Galaxy Note 3 Neo and the Gear 2 Neo. It stands to reason that Samsung could also be toying around with the possibility of a Galaxy S5 Neo. According to SamMobile, the Neo version of the GS5 is already in testing and could be arriving with the model number SM-G750.


When the SM-G750 was first spotted with a 720p display, some thought it might be turn out to be the Galaxy S5 Mini, but now a new shipping list has leaked shedding a bit more light on the situation. The list indicates the screen size of this Samsung device will come in at 5.1-inches, ruling out the GS5 Mini theory and making the idea of a Neo variant a bit more plausible.

So if Samsung really is preparing a lower-end variant of the Galaxy S5, what can we expect from it? All we currently know is that the handset will have a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU and 720p display. Looking at the Galaxy Note 3 Neo in comparison to the original, we also imagine it will have slightly less storage and RAM.

The handset will probably be targeted primarily at emerging markets and budget users, though a previous UA prof for the handset indicated it could also make its way to AT&T’s network. What do you think, if sold for a low enough price, would anyone be interested in a lower-end Galaxy S5?

  • Juan A C

    It’s not really a matter of interest or not. These devices are introduced de facto. For example, after the intl lauch of the Xperia Z, here in Argentina they released only the ZL, similiar but without the waterproofing and a couple other things. And you had no official way of buying the Z. Another example, the Samsung GS2, they didn’t even bother using a different model name, but the version sold here didn’t have Gorilla Glass.

    So, given the crazy prices around here, it wouldn’t surprise me if tomorrow I saw the advertisings for “the all new GS5 neo”, and no actual GS5 in the future.

  • Aar0nC

    if the GS5 “Neo” is spec’d with a Snapdragon 800 & a 720p screen… why not… Just get a GS4 instead? You’d basically the same processor (not sure of what’s the clocked speed on the GS4) and a better screen, at 1080p.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Most GS4 variants did not have the Snap800. The original snapdragon version had a snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.9ghz.
      This thing has a 2.3ghz Snap800, which is better for sure.
      The 720p display will probably be a good thing for some people, lol, especially those who said stuff like who needs 1080p, 720p is already as high as what my laptop got, I want better performance and battery life, blah blah. But it doesn’t stop there. I’m not trying to make fun of those people. I do know people who are okay with 720p. 720p doesn’t even look bad to me, especially when it’s from a Samsung phone. And gaming on this 720p and Snap800 will be absolutely smoother than on 1080p and Snap600.

      So yeah, there comes options. As to me, this phone is very welcomed. At least it’s much more welcomed than a bunch of variants like the Galaxy Trend, Core, Ace, Grand, etc. :P

    • Raffaello

      There is a Gs4 with the snapdragon 800 with 2.3 gigahertz. (I have it) It gets over 33000 points on antutu x benchmark.
      GT-i9506 is the model.

    • Anonymous

      Well it’s pretty much the same as Note 3 neo = note 2 with new chassis

      • xoj_21

        ntoe 3s is arm a9
        while nee is arm15.
        those dual core outperform the quadcore in the note 2

  • Bob Reilley

    S5, S5 Neo, and S5 Prime, why the hell is Samsung making so many variants? Oh yeah I almost forgot about the S5 Zoom. When will this madness end?

    • b10

      They’re PRO at it!

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