Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo review: Neoclassic

31 January 2014
Three generations on, the Notes are gadgets that people can’t seem to get enough of so a new, less expensive, version must be good news for everyone. Well, except perhaps the Note II. Anyway, what was rumored as a Lite version of the Galaxy Note 3...

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  • rishu

Will it have sView cover ? Like s4 n N3?

  • AnonD-229682

Here, pricing is really a big thing. If its pretty high, it will be a better option in Note 3. If the pricing is too low, it could affect the sale of Note 2. Samsung will have to be very precise with the price tag(especially in the Indian market)!!

  • AnonD-77443

Mr Grumpy, 01 Feb 2014No FM radio, thanks Shamsung, another tired and pointless Galaxy... moreYep, I am disappointed that the new Samsung phones don't have FM. However i rarely used it so it wasn't a deal breaker in getting the Note 3.

  • AnonD-77443

Quality Analyst, 01 Feb 2014This product should not be bought because of many reasons, Fi... moreIn response to your points.

1) The neo is basically a refresh of the GN2.... its not meant to be top of the range specs. The price will settle out a fair bit less than the GN3 which is good for people looking for a good cheaper phablet.

2) As a GN3 owner and having tried the 1520 and one max i would have to say 5.5-5.7 inches is a pretty sweet spot for a phablet as it's still really comfortable in a pocket.

3) The Note 3 has great battery life (75 hours). The neo battery is only 100mAH smaller, the resolution is 720 and the screen slightly smaller. I think the battery life will beat the note 3. (plus it has replaceable batteries which cost about $20)

  • AnonD-52269

Note 2 with another CPU. Nice.

  • AnonD-77892

I dont like the back

  • Jon

On the german website the N3 Neo is 499 € and the N3 is 508 € : spent only 9 € more and you get the much better real N3 and not the downgraded one...

  • Mr Grumpy

No FM radio, thanks Shamsung, another tired and pointless Galaxy to add to your collection of plastic crap.

  • Quality Analyst

This product should not be bought because of many reasons,

First: This was said to be budget phone but you can get even better specs with Huawei, Motorola and HTCso why get a phone that could be gotten for the lover price than whatn they got?

Second: The Screen is very small. You can gen bigger screen to other brand.

Third: The battery, it would not last longer than Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G

Anonymous, 01 Feb 2014Funny how people manage to make this into a discussion about com... moreThe Galaxy Grand is well-known for beeing crap. And in Asia you can now get nice phablets with 5.3"-6.0" with qHD or HD and 1GB RAM for 120-170 EURO (From Lenovo, Coolpad etc). So why would most people be interested in blowing 400 EUR on a budget Samsung (that is still Made in Vietnam) that doesn't even have FM radio?

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 01 Feb 2014Funny how people manage to make this into a discussion about com... moreIf its using RGB strive then it has more subpixels per intch than note 3 (pentile matrix), so no low resolution here you're mistaken...



If it's using pentile matrix though -you are right- it's of embarrasinly low quality. Apart from thanpt it seems better than a note 3. As fast but with less pixels to draw, smaller with almost as big screen and as I said, if rgb panel is being utilized almost equally clear.



It's a true note 3 this one...

  • misha

If you have a flagship the least you can do is maintain it.After spending tons on a note 3 now this.I fail to see major difference between the two as functionality is essentially the same. Hope the larger iphones come out.im fed up with the rate at which samsung spits out phones

  • Anonymous

AnonD-57516, 01 Feb 2014Premium specs as high or higher than Note 3 would be the Sony Xp... moreFunny how people manage to make this into a discussion about compact phones.

i think this will be a success in Asia, with the non LTE version priced below 350 Euro. Personally i would have problem with the low resolution on this size but looking at the success of Galaxy Grand its clear that most people dont care.

And great processor, i hope it works as intended with all those cores, now add to that 2GB RAM and that the (useless but loved by many) S-pen, all this on a budget phablet and the sales will be literally phabulous.

  • piggy

AnonD-57516, 01 Feb 2014Premium specs as high or higher than Note 3 would be the Sony Xp... moreNo Sony for me.. Sony has the most dull and down UI IMHO.. I had use Xperia Z and after trade in for S4, I has no regret.. sony just isn't there yet.. although I admit Sony does design good looking phone.. its the user experience thats matter..

  • Anonymous

"The UI is very responsive, everything happens instantaneously and
there is no lag to be spotted whatsoever."

it's glad to know that GSMArena wrote that down in this review.
i hope it will put an end to all those android lag rumours.

  • AnonD-221412

[deleted post]we want our battery test... that's the most important

  • Anonymous

i think s5 has exynos 2.3ghz dualcore a53 and 2.0ghz quadcore a15 and have antutu of 40k+

  • AnonD-57516

TheNeighbor, 31 Jan 2014Hmmm,just strange Samsung needed to make this. The lack of air g... morePremium specs as high or higher than Note 3 would be the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact which sports a 4.3" screen. Check that out. And it is waterproof.

  • Anonymous

Would have preferred the full spec option on a 5" screen.

  • AnonD-168288

Impressive 8MP shots. Something different about the image sensor used in this model. More interested in the battery tests for this phone.