Expectations have been building for a while about the possibility of a Galaxy Note 3 lite from Samsung and a few weeks ago various different sources started to reveal that the device is to be called the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Now thanks to a press release published by Samsung Poland the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is now official.
Although the Note 3 Neo is smaller than the full Galaxy Note 3, it offers much of the functionality of its bigger brother including Air Command, S Note and Multi-Window along with other S pen related functions. This is great news for those who want a Note 3 type experience but don’t quite have the budget to buy the flagship version.
However, the Note 3 Neo does differs from the Note 3 in several key ways. First the device has a smaller screen at 5.5 inches and the screen is only 720p HD rather than full 1080p HD. Also it only has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 8MP camera. In other words the Note 3 Neo is truly a Note 3 lite.
However Samsung hasn’t left the Note 3 Neo without any teeth. The device will come in two versions – a 3G model and a LTE+ model. The LTE+ model will use a hexa-core (six-core) processor with two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores, while the 3G model uses an unnamed quad-core 1.6GHz processor.
Other features include all the normal bells and whistles like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) and in some markets IR LED remote control functionality. Both variants will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The Note 3 Neo is also compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch and like its bigger brother has an impressive battery, in this case a 3100mAh unit.
In which markets Samsung will sell the Note 3 Neo is a little unclear, however the fact that it was announced first in Poland should give a good indication. Also the 3G frequency ranges supported by the Note 3 Neo suggest that this is a device aimed at certain European (and possibly Asian) markets. The latest word from Samsung is that the Note 3 Neo won’t be coming to the UK or to the USA.
What do you think, if Samsung releases it in your country will you get one? If it isn’t available in your region, would you consider a grey import?