You probably heard that Samsung is readying a more-affordable variant of the Galaxy Note 3. For a while, the smartphones was known by the enthusiasts as Galaxy Note Lite, but a recent report has dismissed the name, saying that the handset will go on sale as Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo. We’ve even seen some of the terminal’s technical specifications a few days ago, but, as usual, the folks at Sammobile very informed when it comes to unreleased Samsung devices. The journalists of the aforementioned publication have gotten their hands on quite a few leaked photos of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, as well as some AnTuTu benchmark results, and CPU-Z specifications.
As can see in the below Gallery, the Galaxy Note 3 Lite/Neo is a reminiscent of the standard Galaxy Note 3 when it comes to design. Of course, it’s a bit smaller than the original Note 3, but it features the same faux leather removable back lid and even the side stitching that makes it look like its made of real leather. Another identical treat of the two devices is the S Pen stylus, which might confirm the previous rumors saying that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite will also borrow the S Pen-optimized software features of its bugger brother. Still, it’s observable that the camera module of the two devices is different, as the Galaxy Note 3 Neo sports a slightly smaller sensor.
It looks that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo will become available in two variants: one with HSPA+ support (SM-N750) and another with LTE capabilities (SM-N7505). According to Sammobile, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo boasts about a 5.55-inch HD Super AMOLED display with 1,280 x 720 resolution and a pixel density of 265 ppi, most likely borrowed from the Galaxy Note 2. The device also packs 2 GB of RAM, 8 MP primary camera with support for recording full HD 1080p videos, a 2.1 MP user-facing camera (also with 1080p video recording capabilities), 16 GB of microSD-expandable storage, and a 3,100 mAh battery.
Sammobile’s inside guy got to play with the Galaxy Note 3 Note LTE-enabled model and even though you would have expected it to have a Snapdragon chipset, it comes with Samsung’s proprietary hexa-core CPU. The processing unit is an Exynos 5260 Hexa-Core chipset that also integrates a Mali-T624 GPU. The good news is that it packs Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) technology, meaning that all 6 cores can be used at once.
The Sammobile insider also reported the Galaxy Note 3 Neo unit he tested was running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, of course, customized with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface. Unfortunately, Magazine UX has not been implemented, but he added that Samsung might include it when the Galaxy Note 3 Neo will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. He also confirmed older rumors saying that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite will borrow Note 3′s S Pen-optimized software features, saying that Air Command Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, S Note, Multi Window, new Easy Clip, and Direct Pen Input will all be available.
The leaks also revealed that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite will come with WiFi 802.11ac a/b/g/n, infra red port and Samung WatchON functionality that transforms the device into a remote control. You will also get NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and MHL 2.0. Even though the standard Note 3 has a microUSB 3.0 pot, it looks like the low-cost model will come with microUSB 2.0.
Sammobile also got their hands on a couple of Galaxy Note 3 Neo Antutu benchmark results, which showed that the smartphone’s processing unit is at least as good as a Snapdragon 600 or Exynos 5410 SoC, with a score of 29K+.
Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite or Galaxy Note 3 Neo, whatever you like to call it, will see the light of day at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, an event that will open its gates for the public on February 24.
What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite? Are you considering one if the price is right?