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.
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.
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