The launch of Neo-variant of the Galaxy S5 is imminent. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo (SM-G903F) is currently up for Pre-orders in Netherlands by a local retailer.
The S5 Neo will be running Android 5.1.1 lollipop Out-of-the-box and packing an Exynos 7580 CPU, It is a 64-bit chip with a total of eight Cortex-A53 cores, clocked at 1.6 GHz and a Mali-T720 GPU. It is worth noting that this chip is functionally slower than the Snapdragon silicon it replaces, but that is to be expected from a Neo device. Another big change is the modem, which is now capable of Cat.6 LTE speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The rest of the specs is the same as the Original Galaxy S5.
The retailer has also included a price for the device €429 ($460). Color choices include black, gold and silver and shipping should begin by the end of next month (August).
It is now that time of the year when mid-range devices have already started to receive a major OS upgrade, now that all flagship and high-end handsets from the company has been updated successfully in most parts of the world where Samsung operates. The Galaxy A8 (2018) had already started receiving the update to Android 9 Pie in Russia and India, but now users of the Galaxy A8 (2018) in Germany and Netherlands has also started to receive the same update via OTA.
One would expect a major OS upgrade to be a particularly big download and that's pretty much what firmware version A530FXXU4CSC6 is! Be sure to connect to your Wi-Fi first, when the update arrives for your Galaxy A8 (2018), because it is a 1.4GB file. Keep in mind that the firmware version is different than the one that India and Russia got, because this one is meant for the major European markets only, and carries this month's security patch with it. If you own a Galaxy A8 (2018) in India or Russia, then you will still have to wait for the March security update separately, as your version of the Android 9 Pie firmware is only updated with the February patch. Also check out JoyOfAndroid.com
Reports have been coming in to confirm that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in Germany, Belgium and Netherlands are now receiving the much awaited Nougat 7.0 update. The update is currently live for the unlocked variants of the two smartphones with the model numbers SM-G930F (S7) and SM-G935F (S7 Edge). The 1.3GB OTA upgrade package will arrive with all the usual bells and whistles that accompany Android v7.0 Nougat and a few patches.
The good news is that even if you own a carrier locked variant of the S7 or the S7 Edge, you will probably get a notification prompting you to download the update. The thing is that carriers in Europe have already started to roll out Nougat to the two Galaxy devices about two weeks ago. Those that didn't roll out the update previously, will start doing so from today. Let us know if any OTA update has hit your device yet in the comments. Also, head over to our firmware section to get access to all the latest ROM update files.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)