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Galaxy Active Neo boasts water-resistant design for under $200

by Jacob Kleinman | October 2, 2015October 2, 2015 1:00 pm PDT

The Galaxy S6 Active is a pretty sweet smartphone, but it’s not exactly a budget phone. Thankfully, Samsung is bringing that same water-resistant design to the cheaper Galaxy Active Neo, though the device will only be available in Japan at launch.

The Galaxy Active Neo features an IP68 certification, promising protection from dust and water. It also packs a 4.5-inch display with a 480p resolution, a Snapdragon 410 processor, a removable 2200mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with a microSD slot for adding extra space. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop along with some of Samsung’s own software.

Despite those entry-level specs, the new phone looks pretty similar to the more premium Galaxy S6 Active. It’s durable, sleek, and available in either solid black or a “camo white” option. The device appears to sport metal around the edges, though it’s possible that could just be polished plastic.

The Galaxy Active Neo is set to launch in Japan starting in November for 20,000 Yen (roughly $170). Hopefully Samsung also plans to bring the device to the rest of the world. At that price it could make for a pretty awesome budget smartphone.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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