Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite becomes the Galaxy Note 3 Neo with world’s first hexa-core CPU, specs leak
Samsung has long been rumored to be working on a ‘Lite’ version of its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3. So far, we’ve been led to believe that it will be called Galaxy Note 3 Lite when it finally launches, but apparently that won’t be the case.
Instead Samsung opted to tack on “Neo” to the Note 3’s name, just like it’s about to do with the Galaxy Grand Neo (which is also a ‘Lite’ version of another device – in this case, the Galaxy Grand 2). Obviously though, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is a much higher-end affair than any of the Galaxy Grands.
Thankfully, its full specs have been leaked courtesy of a number of internal Samsung documents that have been sent to GSM Arena. Aside from mentioning the phablet’s hardware innards, these talk about its main strengths.
So think of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo as a slight upgrade to the Galaxy Note 2 from last year. A much smaller upgrade in terms of specs compared to the Galaxy Note 3, but still a decent offering.
It will come with the world’s first hexa-core mobile processor, developed, we assume, by Samsung itself. This is one Exynos we have so far heard absolutely nothing about, but apparently it will feature a dual-core 1.7 GHz performance cluster paired with the quad-core 1.3 GHz battery-friendly cluster that’s been seen before in the Exynos Octa used in the Galaxy Note 3.
We’re not sure what architecture is at work in the dual-core part, but if the quad-core bit is identical to that found in the Exynos 5 Octa then we’re talking about four ARM Cortex-A7 cores. The dual-core portion may sport Cortex-A15 cores just like the Exynos 5 Octa 5420, but nothing is certain at this point.
Compared to Samsung’s current flagship chipset, the one employed in the Galaxy Note 3 Neo will obviously be ‘just’ a midranger, but one that promises to amp up performance compared to the quad-core part in the Galaxy Note 2.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo will also have a 5.55-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.9 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage plus microSD card slot for expansion, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Buetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (like the Note 3), NFC, 42 Mbps HSPA+, and all the sensors seen in the Galaxy Note 3. It will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Aside from the connectivity options, all of those specs are pretty much identical to the Galaxy Note 2’s.
Interestingly, only two of the Neo’s measurements are available in the leaked documents: the height and the thickness. There’s a blank where the width should have been, for whatever mysterious reason. The Note 3 Neo will be exactly as tall as the Note 2 at 151.1 mm, and it will be thinner at 8.6 mm compared to 9.4 mm. For comparison, the Note 3 is 8.3 mm thick.
The connectivity listed is just HSPA, so no LTE here. We’re certain that Samsung will also make an LTE-capable version of this phablet, yet continuing past trends we’re assuming that it will come with a Qualcomm chipset. Which one, though, remains to be seen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo will come with all the software enhancements seen on the Galaxy Note 3, including the S Pen-specific Direct Pen Input and Air Command, as well as Air Gesture, Smart scroll, Smart pause, Advanced Multi Window, and both Adapt Display and Adapt Sound. The My Magazine UX seen in the new Pro tablets announced a couple of days ago also makes an appearance, although it’s unclear whether it’s different from the Note 3’s implementation in any way.
For lovers of that faux-leather finish of the Galaxy Note 3’s back cover, the Neo will also sport that (like the aforementioned new tablets – Samsung really seems to love it).
There’s no mention of when we should expect the Note 3 Neo in stores, but an announcement at MWC next month seems increasingly likely. We’ll let you know when we find out more.