Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo becomes official
After many leaks, the “Lite” version of Samsung’s latest phablet just got official in Poland as the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Why the Korean company opted to unveil this handset only via a press release issued by its Polish arm is anyone’s guess, but it’s finally official, real, and all the spec details have been published alongside official images.
And indeed it does look like a Galaxy Note 3. The similarity is uncanny, so much that you couldn’t tell them apart in images unless you saw them side by side.
Make no mistake, though, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo isn’t a Note 3. In fact, it’s nothing but a slightly updated Galaxy Note 2 dressed in Note 3 clothing. It’s the first time Samsung has done something like this, and it remains to be seen whether or not the Note 3 Neo will eat into the Note 3’s sales. Or maybe it will complement the flagship well – that’s clearly what Samsung is hoping here.
The Galaxy Note 3 Neo comes with a 5.5-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 MP BSI rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, either a quad-core 1.6 GHz processor (for the 3G version) or a hexa-core combo made up of two 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 cores paired with four 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 cores (for the LTE version), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (of which 11 GB is user accessible), microSD card support, 21 Mbps HSPA (3G version) or 150 Mbps LTE + 42 Mbps HSPA (4G version), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, an IR LED, and a 3,100 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 148.4×77.4×8.6 mm, and it weighs 162.5 grams.
Despite the smaller screen, the Note 3 Neo isn’t that much smaller than its bigger and more premium brother – only 2.8 mm shorter, 1.8 mm narrower, and it’s actually 0.3 mm thicker. As for weight, it’s 5.5 grams lighter.
The Note 3 Neo basically features specs we’ve seen before in the Note 2 – the screen, the cameras, the RAM amount, internal storage, battery capacity, and some connectivity options. Even the quad-core 1.6 GHz CPU in the 3G version could be the exact one seen in the Note II’s 4G-less iteration – an Exynos Quad based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 architecture. That said, Samsung hasn’t mentioned this directly, so there’s a (very) small chance that we’re dealing with something else here.
The 4G version is in fact coming with the rumored hexa-core CPU, yet once again Samsung doesn’t say who makes it. We’re willing to bet it’s an inside job, so to speak, and we’re looking at the first Exynos hexa-core. It’s interesting to note that if that’s the case then this is the first time that Samsung has used its own Exynos processors with 4G LTE support in a device on this scale (such occurrences have so far only been spotted in South Korea).
The Galaxy Note 3 Neo should be available sometime in February. It will be offered in black, white, and green. Pricing isn’t mentioned, but don’t expect it to be too cheap – rather, compared to the Note 3 it we’ll probably have something akin to the price difference between the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.