31
Jan
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Samsung hasn't made a big fuss about it yet, but the long-rumored Galaxy Note 3 Neo is now official. The device, which is a more modestly specced version of the Note 3, has popped up on Samsung's Polish site with all the pictures and data points you could ever want.

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There are two versions of the Note 3 Neo, one with LTE and a hexa-core ARM chip, and another with 3G and a quad-core processor. You can check out all the specs below.

  • Network: 3G (HSPA 21MB/s): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, LTE Cat 4 bands vary by market
  • Processor: quad-core A9 1.6 GHz (3G), A15 Dual 1.7GHz + 1.3GHz Quad A7 (LTE)
  • Display: 5.5 " HD Super AMOLED (1280x720 )
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB + microSD
  • Battery: 3100mAh
  • Operating System: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 MP, Secondary (front): 2 MP
  • Communication: WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), IR
  • Dimensions: 148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6 mm, 162.5 g

The big difference between the Neo and Note 3 proper is the screen, which is a little smaller and only 720p here. The camera is also knocked down to 8MP. You still get the S Pen with the Note 3 Neo and that means all the Air Command and handwriting stuff is built-in. This is basically going to be a cheaper way to get that experience with updated software. It also has Samsung's new favorite thing – faux leather on the back.

Pricing and availability are unknown at this time, but at least you can decide if this is a thing you might want now.

[Samsung]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • tocsin

    Is this the first android devive with a hexacore chip? And can all the cores run at once or can only the high performance dual core run at one time and the power saving quad core the other time?

  • Krzysztof Bryk

    wow ryan you have eagle eye to spot this news at poland - good job finding it on your own ...

  • Jaime

    The hexacore has HMP, which means it can have all 6 cores active at once. Benchmarks have been shown beating the S4's performance

    • ElTimo

      That actually has me a little excited. Does android support aSMP yet though? Can two different cores be used together?

      • Jaime

        Well, any combination of cores can be used on this phone at the same time from only one "on" all the way up to all 6 "on" at once.

  • AbbyZFresh

    720p is a poverty screen. No one's going to buy this.

    • ravenrek

      Thats is exactly what they were going for with this phone. A lot of people can't afford Samsung's extremely steep price tags.

    • yankeesusa

      720p isn't that bad. My note 2 is still great compared to my wifes 1080 screen on her phone. But your right, at 720p screen the least they could have done is include kitkat.

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      "720p is a poverty screen".
      Wut? Seems you have an 8K screen on your device with 2 billion ppi, and the device cost you $5m, amirite Mr. Gates?

      "Poverty Screen".

  • mustbepbs

    How about Galaxy Note 3 No-o?

    Amirite?

  • yankeesusa

    With Kitkat I would have given this phone a chance and also at the right price.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    What's the point of this device?

    • hot_spare

      Cheaper than Note 3, expensive than Grand 2?? How's that for a point?

      They need to have 2 phones in every price point.

  • Himmat Singh

    I'll be honest....it you want a large-sized mid-range phone, get the Lumia 1320. Absolutely bang for the buck. Using it for a week now :)

    • Jaime

      Does it has multiwindow and/or pen capabilities?

  • Lord_Santa

    Sooo it's a refreshed Note 2?

  • pradeep

    hexa core version for 3g and quad core for lte