We have heard quite a few rumors about the Galaxy Note 3 Neo over the past few weeks, but it has yet to be officially announced by Samsung. The Note 3 Neo is a less pricey version of the premier Samsung ‘phablet’ and sits quite comfortably in between the Note II and Note 3. With respect to design, it is more similar to the Note 3, even including the faux leather material on the back of the phone. The distinguishing feature of the Neo is that it will be the first ever smartphone to run on a hexa-core processor, with two cores running at 1.7GHz, and four at 1.3GHz, that will be able to use all six cores at the same time, unlike the current octa-core options offered by the Korean manufacturer. Other than that, the majority of the hardware features are more similar to the Note II, including a 5.55 inch 720p Super AMOLED display, an 8MP primary camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory with expandable options, a 3,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The phone will, as with all Galaxy Note series phones, ship with the S Pen and all the bells and whistles that come with it. It will feature the many new functions that debuted on the Note 3, such as Air Command Action Memo, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, S Note, Multi Window, Direct Pen input, and Scrapbook.
Personally, I am very happy that Samsung is keeping the trend of expandable memory in their devices. While I am currently in love with my Nexus 5, the thing I miss the most about my old Epic 4G Touch is the ability to add memory. Even though I bought the 32GB variant of the Nexus 5, there is still a little warning in the back of my head reminding me that I only have that much memory, and cannot expand it. The Note 3 Neo does not have that problem, and is ideal for the user that puts a lot of music, videos, and movies on their devices.
As mentioned before, the Note 3 Neo has been kept unofficial by Samsung, but that could change any day now. The LTE variant of the phone has just hit the FCC, which tells us that the phone’s launch is imminent, at least here in the States. Looking at Samsung’s track record, however, it is entirely possible that they could be going for a global release. What do you think? Is this rebirth of the Note 3 enough to get you excited enough to buy one? Or is Samsung hurting themselves by flooding the market with very similar devices? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!