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

April 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.

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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?

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