Samsung Galaxy Active Neo Gets Announced In Japan

Samsung announced a new smartphone in Japan today, which will apparently hit the shelves through local carrier NTT DoCoMo sometime in early-November.

The terminal is known as the Samsung Galaxy Active Neo, and as its moniker suggests, it is both a rugged and a budget-friendly device.

The Active Neo features a 4.5-inch 480p display, a removable 2,200 mAh battery, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Available in Camo White and Solid Black, the Samsung Galaxy Active Neo will have a price tag of 20,000 Yen, which converts to roughly $US 166.

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Samsung Galaxy Active Neo Unveiled

The Samsung Galaxy Active Neo is for all intents and purposes a low-to-mid-range smartphone, at least as far as hardware specifications are concerned. It’s equipped with a TFT LCD 4.5-inch display featuring a resolution of 800 x 480, and uses a Snapdragon 410 SoC housing a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz per core, along with an Adreno 306 graphics chip.

Furthermore, the Active Neo has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, expandable via microSDXC by up to an additional 128 GB. Other features include an 8 MP primary camera, the 2 MP front-facing sensor, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and LTE.

As mentioned above, the components draw energy from a removable 2,200 mAh battery, and they’re wrapped in a body that measures 133 x 70 x 10.1 mm and weighs 154 grams.

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What makes the Samsung Galaxy Active Neo an unusual and attractive device is the “Active” part in its title. The smartphone is dust and waterproof, and technically it can be dropped on concrete from heights of up to 1.5m without suffering any damage to its vital components.

The smartphone will be available in Japan via NTT DoCoMo in early November when prospective customers will be able to buy one for the price of 20k Yen (~ $166). We’re hoping that the Neo will become available for purchase outside of Japan in the near future, but as yet we have no official word on the matter. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out more.