Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo has a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU in South Korea

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo was unveiled late last month as a lower-end, cheaper alternative to the Note 3 that launched in 2013. That said, the Neo is currently more expensive in some places than the higher-end model, which makes no sense whatsoever.

Anyway, during the announcement of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo Samsung mentioned it came either with a 1.7 GHz hexa-core processor (for the 4G LTE version), or a 1.6 GHz quad-core part (for the 3G-only model). The former was later introduced by the company as the Exynos 5260 Hexa, while the latter is probably the same Exynos variant that powers the age-old Galaxy Note II.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Korea launch

An interesting thing happened, though. Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 Neo in its home country of South Korea. Yet there the phablet comes with an unnamed 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, which can only be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Incidentally, that’s the same chipset that can be found inside the 4G LTE version of the original Note 3.

So what’s going on here? It’s tough to tell. Perhaps Samsung can’t make enough of those hexa-core Exynos processors. The Note 3 Neo is expected to be pretty successful in South Korea. Or maybe the company knows it simply can’t compete in its home market with anything lower-end than the Snapdragon 800. Regardless, it would be interesting to find out whether this version of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo will ever make it to other countries or territories, however unlikely that may be. We’ll keep you posted.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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