In a strange turn of events, the Galaxy S5 Neo has been spotted at the Wi-Fi Alliance running Android 7.0, seemingly confirming rumors claiming that Samsung will distribute the long-awaited Nougat update for the handset, which is now approaching the end of its two-year support window.
Android 7.0 Nougat brings a plethora of new features to the table, including enhanced notifications, improved application permissions, new emoji and refined battery saving tools, as well as an abundance of much-needed bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
We’re a little surprised that the Galaxy S5 Neo is being treated to Nougat. Usually, Samsung forgets about spin-off variants shortly after they hit the shelves. But my colleague Asif humorously speculated a plausible reason for rollout: the firm’s taken on too many interns and is looking for ways to keep them busy.
In case you missed its announcement, the Galaxy S5 Neo is a slightly smaller variant of the Galaxy S5. Under the hood, it sports a 5.1-inch Full HD display, a 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 16MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing shooter and a 2,800mAh removable battery.
There’s no word on when the release is scheduled to start making the rounds.