With CES 2014 pretty much over and done in terms of product announcements, all eyes are on next month’s Mobile World Congress, where Samsung is expected to intro, among others, a so-called “Lite” version of the award-winning Galaxy Note 3.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 lite Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite becomes Note 3 Neo, specs to include hexa core processor

Only ultimately the “low-end” phablet is to carry the slicker Note 3 Neo moniker. Also, while it’ll definitely sit lower on the Android totem pole than the original Note 3, describing it as entry-level is going to be a huge stretch.

Assuming the classified documentation dug up by GSM Arena is not completely fabricated, the Note 3 Neo is to actually be a road-opener of sorts in the processing speed department. Its on-board CPU is described as a “faster hexa core unit”, though it’s unclear what the terms of comparison are. Faster than, say, the quad-core Exynos inside the Note 2? Or faster than Snapdragon 600 and 800 SoCs?

Either way, the hexa core will apparently make use of two separate clusters, one dual-core clocked at 1.7 GHz and a 1.3 GHz quad-core. The upcoming Heterogeneous Multi-Processing technology could help the Note 3 Neo have all six cores chugging at the same time, albeit odds are upon launch you’ll need to settle for one or the other.

Galaxy Note 3 Neo Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite becomes Note 3 Neo, specs to include hexa core processor

Interestingly, if you look at the remainder of the phablet’s features, you’ll notice it shares more in common with the 2012 Note 2 than last year’s Note 3. The 5.55-inch 1,280 x 720 pix res Super AMOLED screen is virtually identical, as are the cams (8 and 1.9 MP), battery (3,100 mAh), 2 GB RAM and 16 GB built-in storage.

So why isn’t it called the Note 2 Plus or something? Presumably, on account of the design highly resembling that of the Note 3, complete with a faux leather back cover, sharper edges and slimmer profile.

Also, the Neo is tipped to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the Magazine UX on top, plus a host of smart features the Note 2 can only dream of: Air View, Air Gesture, Air Command, Smart pause, Multi window, etc., etc. Now let’s just hope Sammy prices it in Note 2’s ballpark rather than on-par with the Note 3, at $650 or so.

Source: GSM Arena