Rumor: Note 3 Lite will officially be called the Note 3 Neo, full specs detailed

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 8, 2014


Despite the fact that Samsung has yet to officially say even one word about a lite version of the Note 3, we’ve heard numerous rumors and reports suggesting such a handset is in the works. More recently, we even saw a UAprof that indicated the Note 3 Lite would feature a 720p display, and now we are learning even more about the handset thanks to newly leaked internal Samsung documents.

If the newly leaked documents from GSM Arena prove to be genuine, the Note 3 Lite will officially be debuting under the name Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo. What’s more, the handset will reportedly utilize a processor that features a 1.7Ghz dual + 1.3Ghz quad-core CPU. No word on whether it will actually be able to use all cores at once. Somehow we doubt it, but anything is possible.

Aside from the CPU, the handset actually shares quite a few of the same specs as the Note 2. The Note 3 Neo has a 720p Super AMOLED display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, an 8MP camera and a 3100 mAh battery.

For those wondering what the Note 3 Neo might have in common with the original Note 3, we’d say very little except for the faux leather design language and some of the same advanced software features. Simply put, the Note 3 Neo name is all about marketing. People know that the Note 3 is the ‘best’ that Samsung has to offer, and so they’ll expect a similar premium experience from the Neo as well.

As for when we can expect the handset to debut? The internal documents don’t talk about pricing or a release target, leaving us guessing. That said, we wouldn’t be too surprised to see the handset officially announced at MWC next month. Just remember that, even though the documents look real, Samsung has yet to confirm the existence of the Note 3 Neo and so take the rumor with a grain of salt.

What do you think, excited by the idea of a lower-cost Note 3 variant or not?




  • jjordan

    If this thing has all the software of the note 3 only different but capable processor and 720p screen and is available for 100 bucks on contract I’d bite…I don’t have to have a 1080p screen

  • Mike Newitt

    Doesn’t seem necessary. I’ll probably skip note 3 altogether and stick to my old note 2.
    Have high hopes for note 4 or what ever it will be called.

    • smokebomb

      How is the note 2? I have a nexus 4 and am kind of trying to decide whether I want to save money and get a note 2 or get the most up to date hardware with the note 3. The software isn’t really a selling point for me. I just want a slightly bigger screen, SD card, and removable battery.

      • Jose Marie Maquinay

        The Note 2 is one of the great phones out there. All that you need is there. Just make sure that the size is OK for you.

        • smokebomb

          I have giant hands. I’m typing on a nexus 4 right now and my hands feel cramped.

          • Michael Clark

            Get a bigger phone if your hands cramp.

      • [email protected]

        It looks ugly though. The design is based on pebble…really a pebble? I’ts 720p as well the screen looks filthy

      • Price wise, the gap between the note2 and note3 is little. But one thing I hate in note3 is the exclusion of FM Radio Receiver. Other points to consider – screen, camera, spen, new softwares, KNOX, etc.,

        • smokebomb

          I haven’t listened to the radio in 10 years and judging from the daily entertainment news headlines I see, I’m not missing anything important.

  • amaudys Aquino

    A Note 2 with other processor…. same Samsung Sh*t

    • Jaun Lombard

      Same Samsung shit? It will still be one of the best Note smartphones on the market…wait…the second Note phone on the market. All the phones showcased at the CES is still behind the Note 3. The Neo is simply for people like me that believe that 720p is enough to maximize battery life and wants a cheaper Note (BECAUSE THERE IS NO NOTE COMPETITOR, THUS SAMSUNG WILL CREATE A NOTE THAT IS CHEAPER…BOOOM>>>LOGIC STRIKES!!) I will buy this if the S5 is going be more expensive!

      I think 2014 will be the year Samsung takes Android forward! Not showcasing hardware (will always be the best), but what Android’s software can do…like in their Pro series!

      • Brendon Brown

        Have you forgotten that Samsung is making the move to Tizen in the bear future ?

        • Cal Rankin

          they can still make Android handsets.
          They just don’t want to be entirely dependent on Android.

  • tony solinan

    I can’t wait until the new Galaxy Device’s come up for sale in the shops!