Jan 31 AT 12:38 AM Alex Wagner 14 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo to launch in February with 5.5-inch display in tow


Samsung today took the wraps off of a new member of the Note family, but unlike the ginormous Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 that it debuted at CES, this new unit is actually smaller than the current generation Note smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, which is just a hair smaller than the 5.7-inch display found on the Note 3. It’s also slightly lower-res, coming in at 720p rather than 1080p.

Not only do the internals of the Note 3 Neo and Note 3 differ, but there are also two versions of the Note 3 Neo with slightly different specs. The first model, which offers wireless connectivity that maxes out at 21Mbps HSPA, is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Samsung is also cranking out an “LTE+” model that offers speeds of up to 150Mbps as well as a hexa-core processor that’s packing a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU and a 1.3GHz quad-core chip.

The spec lists of the two Note 3 Neo versions are fairly similar beyond that. Both units sport 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot and 3100mAh batteries. There are 8-megapixel cameras on the backs of both phones as well as 2-megapixel shooters resting above their 5.5-inch displays. Finally, both Note 3 Neo models have bodies that measure in at 8.6mm thick with black, white and green paint options.

On the software side of things, the Note 3 Neo comes preloaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running beneath Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. Included with that custom UI are several features that are also found on the regular Note 3, including Air Command and updated versions of S Note, Easy Clip, My Magazine and Multi-Window. Compatibility with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch is in there, too.

Samsung says that the Galaxy Note 3 Neo will begin making its way into stores around the globe in February. The company hasn’t specified exactly which countries it’ll be bringing the Note 3 Neo to or how much it’ll cost to take one home when it does, but Samsung officials did recently say that there are no plans to launch this 5.5-inch phablet in the U.K. or U.S., so consumers in those parts of the globe will have to settle for the regular ol’ Note 3 if they want to get their phablet fix. For everyone else, the Note 3 Neo looks like a respectable device that could be a nice option for folks in the hunt for a big but affordable handset, so long as Samsung’s price is right.

What do you think of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo? Would you make Samsung’s newest phablet your daily driver?

Via: PhoneArena

Source: Samsung

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  • Tommy

    I don’t understand the “neo”. There would have to be noticeable price drop to get people to buy a phone with weaker specs and a gb less RAM than what’s already available. Is the regular note3 not available in these areas where they are releasing the note 3 neo?

  • Zazu

    I think it is a smart move by Samsung, they noticed that not everyone would be able to afford the Note 3. Let’s just wait for the Price and see…

  • SGB101

    Surly it must be cheaper to lower the sale price of the note3, than develop 3 new variants. Plus isn’t the MEGA their budget phablet?

    • Tommy

      Yeah, that’s what I thought. Aren’t the specs mentioned in this article, almost identical to the Mega? I does seem like Samsung puts out a lot of similar devices under different names…

      • badass

        Mega dont have hexa core processor where as note 3 neo does. Plus thinner bezzel n body, Plus the features of original note 3 and the and a lot off other stuffs hve been added. Why wud anyone make same devices with same features n specs with different names.

  • ali daban

    it’s a smart idea from samsung if the performance still good with less price .

  • magic

    Samsung phones are boring now days and same akward craps.. Started liking new challenges from Moto G or X products….

    Samsung has to revamp their hardware and softwares…

    • SGB101

      Shame it looks like the moto X G line will end at v1.

  • SoRHunter

    It almost seems like the specs of the good-old Galaxy Note 2. Didn’t anyone notice it?

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  • Francisco Ayala

    I think its a good move by samsung. Not everyone likes how big the note is so for those looking for smaller yet still very capable smartphone I thinkbits a great fit. Specs lower than orig note but still competetive w other phones in its class

  • Mukesh

    If india gets a dual
    sim one on it , its gonna rock the
    boat. Good phone with
    most bases covered. Zero
    on innovation though.

  • eessel

    I don’t see what the urge would be to get the neo when I have the note 2 already which comes with lte. Same screen size and same specs except for the ramped up neo with the hexa core processor. Besides that, same stuff!

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