Samsung released Note 3 some time ago but it did not take off because of its high price. In attempt to make Note 3 affordable Samsung launched a cheaper version of this phone called the Note 3 Neo. Those who are using Note2 or are planning to buy one can upgrade their phone easily. The specs and features of this phone gives one a mixed feeling about it.
It is a big display smartphone that comes with an electronic stylus. It is powered by a 3100 mAh battery. It runs on a Quad core 1.3 GHz processor and also on a 1.7 GHz dual core processor. It contains a 8 GB RAM and 16 GB built-in memory for storage. It also has a microSD slot which can hold a memory card upto 64GB.
It uses Android 4.3 Jellybean as its operating system. For the user interface, Samsung’s custom made TouchWiz User interface is deployed. The touch screen responds instantly and thus there is no lag in the UI or in displaying animations.
When it comes to design, it has a nice overall form factor and gives you a strong grip. It looks decent but it does not differ much from the Samsung Note 3’s design. It has a matte finish in the rear which makes it resistant to fingerprints and scratches. It weighs 162 grams and hence it feels light. But with a thickness of 8.6 mm it certainly does not have a slim profile. However the edges have been made slimmer to make it easy to carry around. The sleep, power and lock keys on the side have been given a metallic finish. On the whole, the design does not seem anything close to a premium phone. It would feel just like another decent, plastic Samsung phone in your hand.
The display is a 720×1280 Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen . This type of a display makes graphic images more colorful and attractive. However the resolution is not so good on this 5.5 inch display. But you won’t be able to notice this poor resolution with your naked eye unless you are reading a file with a large amount of text. It has a great clarity even under sunlight and provides great viewing angles.
There is a 8MP camera on the rear and 2MP on the front. The picture quality is good for pictures taken in daylight and seems decent for pictures taken in dimness except for the presence of some amount of noise. There are auto-focus and tap to focus features. Also, you can use different modes like HDR, panorama, animated photo and many other options that you might not even use.
This phone will definitely be suitable for those who want to buy a cheaper version of Note 3. For those who are using Note 2 they can surely benefit by upgrading their phone because of its interactive TouchWiz UI.