SamMobile has reportedly confirmed that the hexa-core processor inside the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is an Exynos 5260. This uses four 1.3GHz cores and two other 1.7GHz cores, apparently coming with HMP (Heterogeneous Multi-Processing) capabilities - thus enabling all six cores to be active at the same time. Samsung has yet to announce the Exynos 5260 SoC.
Moving on to the new Galaxy Note 3 Neo images, these further confirm the striking similarities between the slightly smaller handset and the original Note 3 (pictured on the right), including the faux leather back cover and the S Pen stylus position.
As previously reported, the Note 3 Neo (initially known as Note Lite) features a 5.55-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels, 8MP rear camera with Flash, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory (expandable via MicroSD), and a promising 3,100 mAh battery. It currently runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but it should be updated to 4.4 KitKat (when it might also get Samsung’s new Magazine UX).
There will be two Galaxy Note 3 Neo versions: SM-N750 (with HSPA+ connectivity) and SM-N7505 (with LTE). It appears that both are using the six-core Exynos 5260 SoC and a Mali-T624 GPU.
AnTuTu benchmark tests seem to show that the Note 3 Neo performs better than the Samsung Galaxy S4, but it's still not on par with the original Note 3.
Samsung could officially announce the Galaxy Note 3 Neo in February at MWC 2014. Until then, feel free to take a look at the photos and benchmark screenshots in the gallery below.