Samsung, as a company, has exponentially grown over the years. Its mobile division, for that matter, accounts for two-thirds of the company's profits. Counted among the key mobile handset manufacturers globally Samsung occupies an interesting place in the smartphone market.
Samsung's Galaxy Note series lineup is well known across corporate and SMEs. The original handset under Note series was met with a lot of harsh criticism due to the large size and the bygone stylus, buyers didn't think that it would be device category for the future. Back in 2011, it wasn't cool to hold a 5-inch phablet or a smartphone. However, the first generation handset under Note series sold quite well, and was well accepted amongst its targeted audience.
With each successful outing, the Note series is proving to be a money spinner for Samsung. In the beginning of this year, Samsung introduced yet another fascinating product, the Note 3 Neo. We brought the first look of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 straight from Bali, Indonesia, a couple of weeks back.
Well, now the product is already available in India, and has got a price cut too. Priced at Rs. 34,890, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is a well designed phablet for those who always wanted to enjoy Samsung's marquee services, a large battery life and yes, the S-Pen. This isn't a modified version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 nor will the company try to replace it in the market. In fact, the biggest strength of the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is its ability to mirror iPhone and its users on what they can expect from Samsung in the near future. We spent some 12 days to find the answer. The answer is rather surprising: almost certainly yes. Let's dig a little further to start our conversation.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo: Design that matters
The new member in the Note series looks absolutely identical to the premium Note 3 handset. But this matters greatly to those who are obsessed with well designed products.
The device is light and a lot slimmer than the original Galaxy Note 3. Looks like Samsung has finally learnt the art of designing its products with utmost care. The quality of plastic used by Samsung to produce the handset isn't cheap looking. The company has nicely added matt chrome finish on the sides, so there isn't much of a reason to crib.
Talking about the rear back cover, it has been crafted out of leather: Not exactly true. The rear back has a removable faux leather cover, like the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung has replaced the USB 3.0 support but USB port is still present on the bottom. You'll notice the IR port on the top. Samsung has not change the position of the S-Pen; it it placed at the bottom. We also get a great 8MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter.
Overall the phone seemed to be natural, despite having a big 5.5-inch display. No doubt the handset is huge; however, it easily slipped into suit pocket. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo should be perfect for a marketing executive to drive his daily life. So the Note 3 Neo's design gets Thumbs up from GizBot.