Samsung specs out the Galaxy Grand Neo, a 5-inch ‘just okay’ smartphone

Samsung specs out the Galaxy Grand Neo, a 5-inch 'just okay' smartphone

MWC 2014 is nearly upon us but Samsung couldn’t wait to show off its heavily spoiled midrange phone, the Galaxy Grand Neo.

As we previously reported, the Galaxy Grand Neo was officially outed as a 5.01-inch smartphone featuring a 480 x 800 display resolution. Packed inside the nearly square-looking handset lies a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, backed up with 1GB RAM and 16GBs of storage.

The handset has a bit of girth measuring in at 143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6mm and a slog on the software side running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. On the backside you’ll find a 5MP camera, meanwhile, in front is a simple VGA shooter.

Other specs for this understated phone include a 2100mAh battery pack and Bluetooth 4.0. With HSPA+ and GSM radios in tow – plus dual-sim card slots to boot – it’s likely to come to every carrier under the sun, although data speed lovers will be sad to know there’s no LTE here.

One of many

Samsung didn’t attach any availability dates with the official announcement. However, we spotted the phone already up for pre-orders with a Netherlands retailer for €260 (about $355/£214/AUS $405).

The price is a little inflated thanks to additional tax, but handset will run into plenty of competition at that price point. For slightly less screen real estate and a much lower price, users should look to the Motorola Moto G.

Alternatively, the mini world has some budget-friendly options with the HTC One Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

  • Samsung might be working on some super dense screen options by dipping into 2K and 4K.