South Korean tech giant Samsung has had a lot of success with its Galaxy series of smartphones that have gained enough importance since the time the first device in the line was conceived. However, the company, rather than resting on whatever laurels it has achieved with the series so far, is looking to attain more success with the future of the series.
And to follow up the success it attained via the Galaxy Note line-up of devices, the company has now released a smaller variant of the already released Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in the form of Galaxy Note 3 Neo.
Apart from being a cheaper alternative to the already available Galaxy Note 3 handset, it seems like the new device sports some pretty modest specifications. The device sports a 5.5-inch, 720p HD display compared to the original handset's 5.7-inch 1080p offering. Also, the device has a slower processor, 2 GB of RAM (instead of 3), and an 8-megapixel camera in place of a 13-megapixel one.
However, while the device also sports an identical design and in-device software offering, there's more than it actually meets the eye. But exactly how different is the Galaxy Note 3 Neo from its elder and more experienced counterpart Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Let's take a look at the finer details.
Compared to the previous Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as we mentioned before, the Note 3 Neo offers a lesser 5.5-inch display with 720x1280 pixel resolution, and 267ppi pixel density. As expected, the display panel is quite different from the original device that offered a 5.7-inch 1080p screen with 386 ppi pixel count.
What this means is that although the in-device HD resolution won't be as detailed as its elder brother, the device's Super AMOLED display will still be able to make up for the lost ground with true colors and more than satisfying viewing angles.
Again as we mentioned earlier, compared to the original Galaxy Note 3's 13-megapixel primary rear shooter with 4128 x 3096 pixels, the Neo sports an 8-megapixel camera on the back of the device. And while the original Note 3 offered a front-facing 2-megapixel secondary camera, the Neo, in that department, offers a 1.9-megapixel camera for video chat. However, there's no real difference is terms of video output capabilities.
In terms of the platform the device runs on, while it is only normal that the Neo will run on Android, it seems like the device will operate via Android Jelly Bean v4.3 out of the box, contrary to the belief that it would arrive running the latest KitKat offering when the device was still somewhere in the rumor zone. However, it is expected that the device will be treated to some updated KitKat love sooner or later. The original Note 3 can already be upgraded to the latest Android version, on the other hand.
Since the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is a smaller variant of the original Galaxy Note 3, the new device has a shorter and less wider build compared to the original device. And while that may be so, but it does make the device fit in your pocket easily and becomes easier to operate with just a single hand - which is not an option with normal phablets in the same genre. But on an overall scale, the device can easily be judged as just a smaller variant of the original device with no real difference.
As far as in-device processing power and memory is concerned, it seems like the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is powered by two Cortex-A15 cores that are clocked at 1.7 GHz maximum, assisted by four Cortex-A7s, clocked at 1.3 GHz. However, the processing capabilities in the new device is lower than the 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 version of the original Note 3.
Apart from that, Samsung is offering 2 GB of RAM in the Neo, compared to the 3 GB of RAM it was previously offering for the Note 3. Nonetheless, both the handsets offer 16 GB of internal memory, alongside an external microSD slot for storage expansion.