Almost two years ago, OPPO has brought over Neo 5 to our market which was deemed as one of the most affordable LTE smartphones in Malaysia at that time. The company has apparently released a new replacement for the model recently which still carries the same Neo 5 moniker but with a new set of specifications and exterior.
Instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the 2016 version of OPPO Neo 5 is built with a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor. It does feature the same amount of RAM as per its predecessor at 1GB although the new Neo 5 does carry a lot more space within its internal storage at 16GB.
Pre-installed with ColorOS 2.1.0i on top of its Android 5.1.1 operating system, the 2016 Neo 5 also carries a higher resolution sensor for its rear autofocus camera at 8-megapixels but continues to feature a 2-megapixels front-facing fixed focus camera. The phone still features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) IPS display just like the 2014 version but unfortunately, it no longer comes with LTE support.
In terms of design, 2016 Neo 5’s exterior is more identical to Neo 5s rather than the original Neo 5 with its glass back cover and metal chassis. Rounding the specifications for the newly released smartphone are a non-removable 2,000 mAh battery and the support for dual-SIM card.
To sum it all up, the 2016 Neo 5 is generally a MediaTek-based 3G iteration of Neo 5s with additional amount of internal storage. Available immediately in Malaysia, the device is priced at RM 498 which is RM 100 less than the current retail price of Neo 5s.