Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo in review: New edition of a classic – Hardware Tests

The South Koreans brought in October 2015, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo, an updated version of the classic Galaxy S5 on the market. Whether the renovation of Samsung's flagship smartphone of the year succeeded in 2014 and how it proposes to lower prices now, shows you our updated test.

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  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • software
  • performance
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict

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  • &# X2713; good display
  • &# X2713; Strong, replaceable battery
  • &# X2713; Water-repellent IP67


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  • &# X2715; cheap materials
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo: Price and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo was launched quietly in October 2015 the trade. The refurbished version of last year's flagship smartphone Galaxy S5 offers Samsung on for 349 euros. On the open market, the Galaxy S5 Neo is but as of now, according to the Preissuchmaschine to find for under 314 euros.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo: design and processing

Outwardly, everything is almost remained the same. Samsung has little screwed the new Galaxy S5 Neo on the optics, but vigorously swinging cutbacks in the sensors.

The dimensions of the Galaxy S5 Neo correspond exactly to that of Galaxy S5. Also unchanged was the placement of sensors, buttons and ports. In the latter, Samsung has disarmed but USB 3.0 to microUSB with USB 2.0 support. Likewise, the infrared port and the fingerprint sensor in the home button were to suffer cuts. to control their own TV or hi-fi system using a light pulse, and to unlock the smartphone fingerprint is therefore not possible with the S5 Neo.

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 3The plastic frame has remained the Chrome look has been reduced. In addition, Samsung has rationalized the infrared port. / © AndroidPIT

At the design itself, Samsung has invested only minimally hand. The fake chrome frame of the S5 is a member of the S5 Neo the past. Instead, the plastic frame in a matte gray is held by chrome-colored edging. Also the unfavorable paving appearance of the S5-back has taken Samsung and decreases the hole pattern on the one hand and on the other increases the number. A little tip for the Galaxy S5 Owner: The removable back of the S5 Neo fits on the S5 from the last year. So you can you get an S5 Neo-back cover and trim your S5 S5 Neo-optics.

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 1The pattern of the Galaxy S5 Neo is much more refined and subtle. So gone are the S5 patch jokes / © AndroidPIT

The processing of the S5 Neo is on the same high level as the previous. There are no disturbing ridges, irregular gaps or creaking material. This must of course be so, because the S5 Neo is certified as well as its predecessor, according to IP67. This certification means that the Galaxy S5 Neo is protected against the ingress of dust and water. Up to a depth of one meter and a maximum of 30 minutes, the Galaxy S5 Neo therefore must descend.

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 4Go back to the tried and tested: The Galaxy S5 Neo again has a microUSB port instead of the broad USB 3.0 port from the Galaxy S5. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo: Display

When display Samsung has made no change in the Galaxy S5 Neo. There was no reason to change, after all, the Super AMOLED display of the S5 was one of his time to be the best on the market. Also in 2015, it is still one of the best smartphone displays.

The 5.1-inch screen dissolves in full HD and thus with 1,920 pixels x 1,080. As Panel Samsung uses in-house SuperAMOLED technology, which stands for brilliant colors and high intensity. For some people, the colors may be too strong and over-subscribed, but they are ready to be more neutral in the settings.

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 7Samsung is the Galaxy S5 Neo continues to the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display of the S5. / © AndroidPIT

In image sharpness, the display of the Galaxy S5 Neo has to hide in any way. With a pixel density of 432 ppi, it can not with the current pixel monsters as a Sony Xperia Premium (801 ppi) or a Galaxy S6 (577 ppi) keep up, but it makes text, images and videos are still crisp and sharply. Even direct sunlight and oblique top view not change the brightness of the display.

is a pity, however, that Samsung can exercise cutbacks in display glass also. Gorilla Glass 3 as in the original S5, there is no longer with the S5 Neo. Samsung is not to know whether to set the display to a similar scratch-resistant glass in the glass cover, or whether it is only normal glass.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo: Software

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has not yet managed to Galaxy S5 Neo, but at least the smartphone with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop comes. About Google's mobile operating system, Samsung has slipped's own TouchWiz interface, as we know it already from the Galaxy S6.

S5 Neo SoftwareThe Galaxy 5 is Neo Samsung's TouchWiz interface retains subtle - and the bloatware can uninstall / © AndroidPIT

In the TouchWiz interface, Samsung has greatly withdrawn since the introduction of the Galaxy S6 and has opted for a more subtle and pleasing appearance. Nevertheless, it remains unmistakably a Samsung interface.

The additional software packages that are decried as bloatware, Samsung can not splash out and gybes the user of a Galaxy S5 Neo next to the Google packages nor the office suite from Microsoft. Here to hide this sent in folders on the home screen so that it does not really stand at first glance.

S5 Neo Software 2The Galaxy S5 Neo runs on Android 5.1.1 with TouchWiz from Samsung. Unfortunately, remain from the 16 GB only about 9 GB for free use over. / © AndroidPIT

More bloatware Samsung hidden in App Drawer, so be free to the user by 16 GB of internal memory at the end of only 9.5 GB. can be expanded internal memory for happiness and the bloatware can still uninstall also.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo: Performance

The biggest changes over its predecessor from 2014 put the Galaxy S5 Neo under the hood. A new processor in its own house now ensures instead Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 for power.

Samsung is one of the few smartphone manufacturers who can access the processor into their own shelves. The Galaxy S5 Neo Samsung has now made it and threw the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 addition. The own Exynos 7580 with eight cores and 1.6 GHz clock speed to provide sufficient steam. Two gigabytes of memory and the Mali-T720 graphics chip access processor under the arms.

Has the change but something brought? No not true. The opposite is unfortunately occurred. In almost all benchmarks the Galaxy S5 Neo is slower than its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. Only in the multi-core test of Geekbench 3, the S5 Neo, thanks to twice the number of CPU cores, depend on its predecessor.

AnTuTu S5 neoThe AnTuTu value is approximately Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 level. / © AndroidPIT

The performance of the Galaxy S5 Neo by a below-equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 S5. In practice, however, the lower benchmark performance is not to notice. All tasks are processed by S5 Neo fast and fluid.

GeekBench3 S5 neoUnder Geekbench3 one sees clearly that the S5 Neo is slower single-core test compared to the S5. For this, the four additional cores tear in the multi-core test the coals out again. / © AndroidPITS5 Neo Vellamo benchmarkIn Vellamo benchmark the S5 cuts also neo not so well. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo: Camera

Minimal changes there are in terms of cameras. While the resolution of the main camera was identical to 16 megapixels, there is at the front now a contemporary 5-megapixel camera.

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo 6Also at S5 Neo, it remains at a 16-megapixel main camera. / © AndroidPIT

Even the camera of the Galaxy S5 was in good lighting conditions nothing to be desired. Unfortunately, we have now 2015 and this year mid-range smartphones are often already delivered with optical image stabilizers. The S5 Neo has not answered and thus you need to generate a steady hand for a perfect shot.

Camera modes S5 NeoThe are the camera modes from the Galaxy S5 Neo. / © AndroidPIT

In low light conditions also OIS would have helped to produce sharper images. Unfortunately this but could not suppress the noise. Even the half-hearted Pro mode where you can adjust only roughly color temperature, exposure compensation and ISO settings manually does not help, continue here.

Camera modes S5 Neo 2In Pro mode, you can only roughly manually change values. / © AndroidPIT

The front camera now shoots the Galaxy S5 Neo with 5 megapixels. The increased resolution better selfies are now possible. For quick selfie for the relevant social networks, it is sufficient. All test images You can watch in our gallery.

Galaxy S5 Neo Test Images>GalleryCamera Review - Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo: Battery

The energy storage of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo has not changed since the Galaxy S5. It remains the removable battery with 2800 mAh capacity. According to benchmark test AnTuTu Tester battery comes in conjunction with the built-in hardware to a level of 9,998 points. This is better in comparison with its predecessor, as the S5 Neo is almost 1,600 points below that of the S5 with its 11,513 points and thus hold out longer. Compared to our test winner in terms of battery life, the Sony Xperia Z3 (for testing) with 8401 points, the S5 Neo is but clearly inferior here.

AnTuTu Battery S5 NeoIn AnTuTu battery test, the Galaxy S5 Neo cuts outstanding. / © AndroidPIT

In the test day after eight hours in which, among other things for 30 minutes a video and just as long as music was consumed and 30 minutes the game Real Racing were played, the battery still had a remaining capacity of 54 percent.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
142 x 73 x 9 mm
145 g
2800 mAh
5.1 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels (432 ppi)
5 megapixels
16 megapixels
5.1 - Lollipop
2 GB
16 GB
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0

final verdict

Samsung wants to know it again and throws the flagship from 2014 restored to the market. With a starting price of 439 euros, the Galaxy S5 Neo was certainly very favorable compared to the starting price of the S5 in the last year amounted to 699 at the start. Unfortunately - or for the customer: fortunately - is the street price for the Galaxy S5 from the year 2014 is now at 359 euros. The S5 Neo costs as it is written initially currently at least 314 euros. Although the S5 Neo is 45 euros cheaper, but we would rather tend to S5. Even if both devices were the same amount of cost, the S5 would still be the first choice.

Why? Quite simply, the S5 Neo brings nothing that the original S5 is not already can. It is rather the other way around, because the S5 Year 2014 has an infrared port, a USB 3.0 port and foremost it has more power under the hood. So there is still no real reason to S5 Neo access, apart from the slightly better battery life. Instead, you'd better pick up the good old Galaxy S5. Who the back cover too reminiscent of a patch that can be bought from the accessories trade other rear shells or even buy an original S5 Neo-back.

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