10
Jan
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Update: SamMobile has posted a write-up with more pictures. Yup, the Neo looks like a 9/10th scale Galaxy Note 3. You can see the rest here.

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If you're looking for a big Samsung smartphone, but one that's not quite as big (or as expensive) as the Galaxy Note 3, you may soon be in luck. SamMobile posted a photo of what they're calling the "Galaxy Note 3 Neo" to their Twitter account, showing what looks like a carbon copy of the standard Note 3 in a slightly smaller size. Aside from the model number, SM-N750 or SM-N755, no other information was posted.

We've heard of the Note 3 Neo before in a leaked specification sheet that laid out all the important hardware details. It's an interesting device since it appears to be a slightly upgraded version of the Note 2, using 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, and an identical 720p 5.55" screen. The last point would seem to be confirmed by this photo. If it wasn't for the "1.7Ghz dual + 1.3Ghz quad-core Hexa processor," support for USB 3.0, and a bump up to Android 4.3, the specifications would be identical to 2012's Note refresh. The biggest difference would seem to be the design of the case, which mirrors the Note 3 with its sharper corners and (allegedly) faux stitched leather back.

The Note 3 Neo would looks like a affordable alternative to the top-of-the-line Galaxy Note 3, which is a bit odd, since the Galaxy Mega was supposed to be Samsung's low-cost option for customers who wanted a big screen. I suppose they're hoping that the stylus support and "style" of the Note 3 will translate to a few more mid-range sales whenever the Note 3 Neo comes to market. We still haven't seen anything official from Samsung about this model, though an announcement at Mobile World Congress in six weeks would make sense.

Source: SamMobile Twitter

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • frhow

    Noooo not something else!!! Sammy Sammy Sammy. You put out wayyyy tooooo many different but fairly similar devices. Just stop.

    • yankeesusa

      That may be the case but to be truthful, they will continue to do it if it makes them money and it looks like it is. I understand if people stopped buying from a brand because they have too many options but I don't that's the case yet.

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  • Martin

    All android fans are making jokes about apple and how they release their phones.. Now they will finally shut up :-)) (I am not Apple fan, just hate people who trolling other brands) :-))))

    • Hans Pedersen

      You're not making any sense. But that probably explains why you've wandered onto this site too. =)

    • Cesar

      I have heard literally zero jokes about how Apple releases their phones.

    • Gabernasher

      I'll continue to bash Apple, though I'll bash Samsung more than Apple since their phone lineup is a damn joke.

  • yankeesusa

    I have to say, I will seriously take a look at this phone for the right price. Only reason I haven't upgraded from my Note 2 to Note 3 is pricing. Since I pay full price for my phone or buy off swappa this phone may just be what I need. I really don't mind the screen on my Note 2 and if everything else is an upgrade then It's a win win. Can't wait.

    • jessem1323

      what would make you want to upgrade from a Note II to this? Did you read the part where it says its almost identical to the Note II?

      "If it wasn't for the "1.7Ghz dual + 1.3Ghz quad-core Hexa processor," support for USB 3.0, and a bump up to Android 4.3, the specifications would be identical to 2012's Note refresh."

      it's still a 720 P display, 2 GB of RAM, 8 MP camera.

      • yankeesusa

        Because its still a decent upgrade. So if it's less than the note 3 it's a decent upgrade. Only thing that will keep me from thinking of upgrading is locked bootloader. I really don't care if the Knox thing is an issue. Overall of it has the same look and material as the note 3 I like it already. Although I love my note 2 and it's the phone I have kept the longest it feels like it will break to pieces without a case and it's just too slippery.

        • Detonation

          Still sounds foolish to me. Save up a little longer and just get a Note 3...a used one from swappa will probably cost the same as this device new.

          • yankeesusa

            If the new neo sells for less than 450 then the neo is more affordable. Currently the note 3 is selling well above 525 on swappa. But I will probably end up waiting it out. Thanks again for your input

        • Himmat Singh

          No it's not a decent upgrade. Marginal at best. And that processor is actually a downgrade in raw power.

          • yankeesusa

            I see. That's what I was misreading. The processor speed. I guess I'll stick with my note 2 then. I'm glad I noticed that after you guys pointed it out. Thanks

          • crackinthewall

            According to the latest update from Sammobile, it performs better than the S4 on Antutu. Apparently all the cores can run at the same time. If it returns similar performance on other benchmarks, it's worth considering for those who upgrade devices annually if only to try out the Note experience.

        • crackinthewall

          If you feel like the S4 is an upgrade over the Note II, then yes, this is a decent upgrade. This thing scored 29k+ on Antutu and that puts it squarely between the S4 and the Note 3. It really depends on the pricing. If they sell this for $500, it should be a hit given the limited storage and the 8MP camera. Any higher and people might as well buy an LG G2 or an Xperia Z1 or save up some more for the Note 3.

          • Irinel Loghin

            Weren't Samsung the ones that "boosted" their phone performance only while running certain apps ( read: BENCHMARKS)?

          • crackinthewall

            Yes, but it doesn't mean shit when you're comparing it to two other phones from the SAME MANUFACTURER that boosts their benchmark scores.

  • Anthony Tyson

    Oh hey look. A note 2.

  • disqus_7zCKYC2BSD

    I just wonder how "low priced" will it be when it comes out.

  • that guy

    Ok., they are obviously not lined up correctly, and it is tilted to make it look smaller

    • that guy

      And for the first one, it just looks like the s4 with a different back plate

  • Markus

    This seems like a total waste of time. If you cant afford the Note 3 then damn-it you cant afford it. Anyways on contract the S4 is 200 and the Note 3 is 350 at the most. If you cant afford to pay 100-150 more for the top of the line device then you shouldn't stretch your pockets trying to keep up. Hell I would love to have a CLS 63 AMG. Can I pay a 1000 a month for it yea; but guess what? I cant afford one. Americans are losing the definition of affordability and companies are taking advantage of it. Rant over.

  • Tom Green

    Is the reason Samsung makes all these different sized gadgets because they supply a lot of the screens for other companies so they can just add extra units to order quotas and easily make money by piggy-backing off other manufacturers orders (or vice versa)? It would seem that Samsung make this bewildering array of devices purely because they are in the unique position where they are able to- they are a lot more self sufficient than other manufacturers because they produce their own custom silicon and display tech.

  • PixelNinja

    You have a typo - "The Note 3 Neo [would] looks like a affordable alternative..."

  • Chris D

    Oh and the fact that Note 3 has a 12MP camera and the note 2 only has an 8 or so

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