Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is the lite version of Note 3. It looks exactly like its predecessor & comes with slightly scaled down spec list of Note 3. It is tad smaller than Note 3 & is comparatively pocket friendly- in terms of both, size & price. Here's a depth description of this new iteration in the Note family.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is the 1st phone to carry hexa-core Exynos chipset under its hood. If you're looking for more cores, Note 3 Neo is there to serve you. The hexa-core Exynos chip of Note 3 Neo has 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 & 1.7 GHZ dual-core Cortex A15 processor. In simple words, Note 3 Neo has 2 Cortex A15 cores running at maximum clock speed of 1.7 GHz & 4 Cortex A7 cores running at maximum speed of 1.3 GHz. Cortex A15 handles heavy tasks while the quad-core Cortex A7 deals with the mediocre everyday tasks. Mali-T264 is assigned for processing graphics & there's 2 GB of RAM on board. Note 3 Neo performs smooth as silk. There are no signs of lagging or any hiccup. You throw any task to it & it handles it with ease.
Note 3 Neo hosts a 5.5 inch Super Amoled Capacitive panel with maximum resolution being 720X1280p & pixel density resting at 267 pixels per inch. Display is the biggest difference between Note 3 & Note 3 Neo. Although, Neo's display looks inferior when compared to 5.7 inch full HD display of Note 3 which has pixel density of 386 ppi, it's still a very good display panel. Colours are bright but somewhat over saturated. The Super Amoled panel gives excellent viewing angles & sunlight legibility.
S Pen & UI:
Like all other handsets of the Note series, Note 3 Neo also comes with Samsung's S pen stylus. So you get handy stylus features like direct pen input & easy clip that you can see on Note 3. Just like Note 3, the stylus is tucked at the lower right corner of the device. Note 3 Neo runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Samsung's Touch Wiz UI on top of it which provides features like Smart Stay, Air View, Air Gestures & Samsung's multi-window mode that allows you to run 2 different apps on a split screen. With Air Gestures, you don't even need to touch the screen. You just have to hover above the screen either with your finger or the S pen. Smart Stay doesn't let the screen go off while you're looking at it.
Note 3 Neo is almost reminiscent to Note 3, in terms of design. It is tad smaller & lighter than Note 3. Note 3 Neo is 148.4mm long, 77.4mm wide & 8.6mm thick. There isn't much difference in design & build of Note 3 & Note 3 Neo. Samsung seem to have built Note 3 Neo by keeping Note 3 as reference, even using the same materials. Note 3's faux-leather back with fake stitches is given to Note 3 Neo. It gives a premium look & feel to the device. Though, Neo is slightly smaller than Note 3, still you can't use it with just 1 hand but that is quite cozy with the Note devices.
Note 3 Neo gives you all the options for data sharing & connectivity. It supports 4G. You also get Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi hotspot & DLNA. NFC is also present & you also have the freedom to remote control your other devices with the IR blaster. What's left is the option to connect the phone to a PC. It can be done as there's also a micro USB port.
We wished to see the Note 3's camera unit in Note 3 Neo, but you can't get exactly everything by paying less. Note 3 Neo is equipped with a 8 MP rear camera & 2 MP front-facing camera. The resolution has dropped to 8 from 13 of Note 3, but still Note 3 Neo is a decent camera phone. It snaps with maximum resolution of 3264x2448p. It comes with an abundance of tricks under its sleeves, like touch focus, HDR, image stabilization, panaroma, face detection etc. Also, there are plenty of shooting modes & colour effects. The image quality is decent & the stills have enough details. An LED flash backs the camera when there isn't enough light. Full HD (1080p) videos can be recorded with frame rate of 30 fps.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is the budget option of Note 3. It comes with a decent spec list & is armed with all the major features of the Note's flagship. It's a good option for those who want Note 3's features but don't want to put that much of pressure on their pockets.