A lot of hoopla for nothing. Despite all the tech-focused new media raving about Samsung’s Galaxy Grand Neo (aka Lite) for the past month or so, the mid-end 5-incher has been deemed so unexciting by its makers that no official announcement was made before a listing on the company’s official website went live.
Oh, well, it’s not like we weren’t warned the Grand Neo was a downgrade and not an upgrade over the Grand 2. Which doesn’t make the intro any less puzzling. I mean, really now, Samsung, what’s the point of having so many mid-rangers to choose from?
Sure, choice is nice, but confusion is not. And so how can you call a WVGA gizmo with 5 MP rear-facing camera “Grand”? Good thing at least the CPU is half decent, rocking four cores clocked at 1.2 GHz, whereas the rest of the features are lackluster but not overly horrific: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB built-in storage, 2,100 mAh battery, 3G connectivity, etc., etc.
Interestingly, before the Grand Neo even got official, an online retailer in Netherlands started taking pre-orders for it. Under the Grand Lite moniker. Now that’s confusing. Fingers crossed for the European seller to have inflated the price by mistake too, as there’s no way this meager 5-incher is worth €260 ($355).