Blessed by the FCC in a 4G LTE-enabled version for South Korea (SM-N7505), the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (aka Lite) is as good as confirmed, making it extremely difficult for the tiniest shred of buzz or excitement to still hover more than a month from now.
Why more than a month? Because February 24 is when the Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off in Barcelona, and the year’s second (chronologically speaking) big tech fair was believed to be eyed by Samsung for the mid-range phablet’s announcement.
Since literally everything about the Note 3 Neo, save for pricing details, has been uncovered, one has to wonder whether Sammy wouldn’t be better off just getting it over with and rolling out the 5.5-incher early. After all, once you swing by the FCC and score the regulatory agency’s stamp of approval, what’s there to tweak on your device?
Of course, maybe the Koreans aren’t ready to ramp up production just yet. But they’d better get a move on, as the Note 3 always looked like a gamble, with lower-end hardware than the original Note 3, but possibly not exactly a budget-friendly pricing structure.
Think about it, 720p resolution is pretty solid upper mid-range material, the “true” hexa-core Exynos CPU is on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600, 2 GB RAM is, well, plenty, and the 3,100 mAh battery sounds positively dreamy. So how low do you think Sammy can go? $400? No way. $500, $550? That’s more like it.
Back to the FCC certification, let’s again underline this specific Note 3 Neo variant supports Korean-friendly band 5 LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and WCDMA 850/1900 MHz. Buckle up, phablet fans, as you’re in for quite the entertaining ride.