Samsung may be getting ready to launch a new, cheaper version of the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. SamMobile reports that a retailer in Belgium is taking pre-orders for a phone called the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.
It’s expected to feature a 5.55 inch, 720p display and Samsung’s S Pen digital pen. It’s also expected to be a bit cheaper than a normal Galaxy Note 3 — although with a pre-order price of 599 Euros, it’s still not exactly inexpensive.
Update: The phone’s probably real, but Samsung apparently has no plans to offer it in the US or the UK.
Samsung hasn’t yet officially introduced the phone, but according to SamMobile it’ll have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera, and a 3100mAh batter. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and like other members of the Galaxy Note family, you can use the S Pen to write, draw, or interact with Samsung’s S Note, Multi Window, and other apps.
While the phone looks a lot like the Galaxy Note 3, if the rumors are correct it’ll have a slightly smaller, lower-resolution display, a lower resolution camera, and less memory and storage.
wow i think I’ll just wait for the Asus Vivotab 8 then tether to my cellphone when i need mobile internet. Same function just way cheaper.
Not really the same function for everyone. To some, the Asus + phone tethering would be more functional. To others who would do the same thing on a phone and on a desktop Windows device would think it’s more expensive (likely citing phone + tablet vs subsidized phone price) for the same functionality.
I’m in the category that thinks the Asus + phone tethering is multiple times more functional.
wow that is cheap….not
I’d get the S5 if it gets a Wacom digitizer. I like the active pen but the Notes are too big for me.
Taking a page from Apple with their 5 and 5C?
Not really. The 5S and 5C have completely different exteriors (slightly different shape, metal vs plastic) whereas, I believe, this phone has the same exterior as the regular Note 3. Also, selling a cheaper version of a particular good is an ideas much older than even mobile phones and has even been done with smartphones prior to the 5S and 5C being released. Samsung has a Galaxy S3 Lite , and from my quick search it appears they may even have had a Lite version of the Galaxy S2 although I don’t know if it was sold globally or only in certain locales. Either way, this is hardly an Apple original idea, not even by a long shot.
So they’ve repackaged the Note 2 essentially. Super
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