The NuAns NEO Reloaded has been officially confirmed as having ditched Windows in favor of Android 7.1 (Nougat), between a recent short-lived appearance on Amazon and Trinity, NuAns' parent company, officially outing the device for pre-order. During the device' short-lived leaking on Amazon, some other details, such as the processor and display, managed to surface, and were all confirmed by the official release. As a result, this is a device running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor alongside 3 gigabytes of RAM. A 3,450 mAh battery will push Android 7.1 to a 5.2-inch LCD display from Sharp, set to a resolution of 1,920 x 1080. IP54 protection, USB Type-C with Quick Charge 3.0, and VoLTE support are also on board. The listing had a price of ¥49,800, or about $440, which was on the money for the official cost of pre-orders. Pre-orders run from today until March 31.
Other specs for the device include a 13-megapixel Sony camera on the back, and an 8-megapixel sensor on selfie duty. NFC is on board, as is a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. An FM radio is also on board, and uses a pair of headphones as an antenna. Bluetooth is of the 4.1 persuasion, while Wi-Fi standards include a, b, g, n, and ac. The core unit has a polycarbonate chassis, and will not work without one of the interchangeable full or half-back covers on the device. The covers are made of a range of different materials, colors, and finishes. Flip covers are also available.
The NuAns NEO Reloaded first broke cover as a Windows device, but when that incarnation didn't catch on like NuAns had hoped, word went out that the device would instead run Android. The original Windows incarnation was crowdfunded, but failed to meet goals despite its rather unique user-replaceable back plates. While the interchangeable design plates make the device unique in a way, its specs largely mimic other current and upcoming players in the budget mid-range space, such as the Lenovo Moto Z Play and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X. The somewhat common specs put together with an interesting design quirk and a somewhat high price for the phone's given segment means that it will face stiff competition.