Samsung added a new member to its rugged smartphone lineup in Japan dubbed the Samsung Active Neo. The phone launched in collaboration with NTT Docomo is tipped to launch globally soon.
Unlike most other Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy Active Neo is reasonably priced at 20,000 Yen (Rs 10,000 approx.)
The smartphone comes with an P68 certification, thereby making it dust and water resistant upto 1.5metres and 30 mins. This is much like the Moto G 3rd gen smartphone which is available in India starting at Rs 10,999.
However the USP of the smartphone lies in the presence of an MIL-STD-810G for salt, sea water, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation and thermal shock resistance. So you can practically do anything with your smartphone and still return home with it in running conditions.
Despite being a rugged beast, the Korean electronics giant has bundled in reasonable specs under the hood. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
On the front is a 4.5 inch WVGA (800x480) LCD display along with a 2MP Selfie snapper. The back bears a 8MP AF rear camera with LeD flash. To power the Quad core SoC is a 2200mAh battery which can last through an entire day of usage.
The Samsung Galaxy Active Neo also comes with 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi b/g/n. The 16GB inbuilt memory can also be upgraded via MicroSD card slot. The device runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1.
The Active Neo may not be the most cheapest Snapdragon 410 powered device out there, considering the presence of the Xiaomi Redmi 2 at Rs 6999. However Rs 3,000 seems like an light compromise for a smartphone of this build quality. In fact it comes with a better built than the Moto 3rd gen.