The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is a phablet manufactured by Samsung Electronics. This smartphone falls under the famous Galaxy series of phones released by Samsung. This smartphone was a budget oriented version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which was produced earlier. So, this alternative was received decently amongst those who wanted pretty much the same experience at a lower cost. This smart device was released by Samsung Poland on the 1st of Feb after which it was released in India. The most enthralling feature of this phone is the Stylus, which comes in the package. This smartphone is known to have a premium and classy look. Also, the light weight and polycarbonate covering give it the extra oomph that elevates the entire look as a whole. Now let us venture in depth, discussing the specifications with the help of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo review.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo LAUNCH PRICE & DATE
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo was released on 1st February 2014 in Poland and later the same month in India. At the time of launch, it was priced at INR 38,990/-. Following which there was an official slash in its price by Samsung itself.
DESIGN & DIMENSIONS
This smartphone comes with a soft and grippy leather back. This leather stitch design gives it a unique finish and makes it comfortable to hold. The overall device is sleek and decently thin. It has a thickness of 8.60 mm. Its length and breadth are 148.40 and 77.40 mm respectively. It is pretty lightweight for a phablet. It weighs only 162.5 g and hence is pretty handy. It comes in three colour variations a Pitch Black, Snow White and Mint Green.
This smartphone comes with a wide user-friendly display sized at 5.5 inches. It has a capacitive display with a super AMOLED screen. Hence, it will have curved edges giving it a professional look. The screen resolution is expected to be 720 x 1280 pixels. The screen to body ratio is approximately 72%. The touch interface used in this phablet is TouchWiz UI.
OS & PROCESSOR
It comes with Android OS v4.3 (Jelly Bean). It is upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat) and finally to v5.5.1 (Lollipop). The chipset used is Exynos 5260. The processing is taken care by a pair of processors. One is a Quad – core Cortex A7, which performs at a speed of 1.3 GHz. And the other one is a Dual – core Cortex A15, which runs at a speed of 1.7GHz. Hence, overall its processing is supported by a Hexa-Core processor. The graphics interface is taken care by Mali – T624.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo comes with an internal memory capacity of 16GB. This is quite insufficient for a phablet level usage. This shortage can be overcome with the availability of being able to expand the memory externally up to a maximum of 64 GB. This expansion can be feasible using a microSD card. The actual split up of the internal memory capacity is 11 GB of user accessible memory while the rest is for the functioning of the device and other pre-installed apps. The RAM memory available in this smartphone is 2GB.
This device contains a Li – ion battery with a maximum capacity of 3100 mAh. It is of the removable type and hence is advantageous over the non – removable battery phones that have become the trend lately. The estimated stand by time is around 540 h. Whereas, the expected talk time is 18 h. Music playback makes the charge last for a maximum of 64 h.
Camera: The primary camera in this smartphone has 8 MP pixel clarity while the secondary camera comes with only 2 MP clarity. The back camera has technical features like an aperture of f/2.6 and a wide angle specification of 31 mm. The picture enhancement features are autofocus and LED flash. The secondary camera though has a lens with an aperture size of f/2.4. Its wide angle range is 27 mm. It can shoot pictures with a resolution of 1080p. Additional supportive features are Geo-tagging, touch focus and HDR
Audio: It supports formats like 3GA, AWB, FLAC, MID, MXMF, OGA, XMF and AAC. One drawback is that it does not have FM Radio compatibility. It has average speakers and a standard 3.5 mm earphones jack.
Video: The back camera is better suited for decent video recording. The resolution with which recording can be done is 1080 pixels at 30fps. The various formats supported are MPEG 4, H.234 and H.236.
This smartphone comes with just one sim slot. This is a drawback in a current market trend where every other phone is dual simmer. Also, the size of the sim has to be micro sim type. The networking with which this sim is compatible is GSM. It does not have 4G compatibility. It also comes with the basic wireless connectivity features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v 4.0.
Score: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo has gained a feature score of 78 on Pricejugaad.com and hence is averagely rated by the users.
Features: The advantageous features are its amazing battery life and display. But on the lower side, it has its disadvantages too like poor camera quality and problematic graphics interface.