Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Review: Size Me Up

By 09:36 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


Samsung's Grand lineup, in its short history, has been all about two things: classy screen size and dual SIM support on a shoestring budget. With classy screen real estate getting cheaper all the time, Grand phones are targeting fans of gigantic screens who aren't looking to break the bank to have one.

The latest installment in the lineup, the Neo, brings the Galaxy Grand to an even more competitive price point, although understandably, that required a few sacrifices.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo official photos

But just how fine is a Neo going to be when it comes to the Grand concept? Let's hold a closer see at the specs, and how they're different from the original Galaxy Grand.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; dual-band 3G with HSPA
  • 5" 16M-color WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) capacitive touchscreen; 186ppi
  • Android Operating System (OS) v4.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
  • Quad-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) (3G) Cortex-A7 CPU, VideoCore IV GPU; Broadcom BCM23550 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 5MP autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, 720p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus
  • 0.3 MegaPixel (MP) front-facing camera, Video Graphics Array (VGA) video recording
  • Dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct, Wireless Hotspot
  • 8GB of built-in storage
  • microSD card slot
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) v2.0
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • 2,100 mAh battery; user replaceable

Main disadvantages

  • Not competitively priced (€250 at the time of writing)
  • Only 4GB user available internal storage
  • Tired and exhausted design, no differentiation whatsoever
  • No Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-The-Go

The gigantic classy screen aside, the Grand Neo is decidedly an entry-level device, even more so than its predecessor used to be at launch. As you can expect at this classy screen size, the WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution is stretched rather thin resulting in a paltry pixel density of just 186 ppi.

The phone has a Broadcom chipset similar to the ones Samsung has been putting into its lower tier of devices, except this time it's of the quad-core variety. It's the first time we're dealing with a quad-core Broadcom Central Processing Units (CPU) in a Samsung, so we're curious to see how it fares when stacked up to its dual-core counterpart in the original Galaxy Grand. Keep in mind that on the Neo we have a Cortex-A7 vs. the Cortex-A9 on the original.

The processor is where the upgrades discontinue compared to the Galaxy Grand. In fact, moving to the capturing camera department you're greeted by a 5MP primary shooter capable of 720p video, and a Video Graphics Array (VGA) front-facer that's even less impressive. This is a marked step down from the 8MP fullHD shooter on the original Grand.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo from our studio

Keep in mind that our review unit is of the single SIM variety, but the differences between the two versions of the Neo is marginal boils down to a slight incompatibility in battery life due to the two active radios in the Dual SIM variety.

Up next we'll hold a closer see at the hardware features of the Galaxy Grand Neo.



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