Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Preview

Camera

Midrange snapper with plenty of shooting modes

The 8 MP camera on the back of the Note 3 Neo has an LED flash underneath it, and there's also a 1.9 MP front-facing shooter for video chat. Samsung offers an abundance of shooting modes like HDR or Panorama, arranged in an easy to flip through carousel, as well as plenty of color effects you can apply to your pictures and videos. We won't comment on the samples quality, as ours is a non-finalized version of the phablet, but what we are seeing below is pretty encouraging for the retail phone. The Note 3 Neo is able to capture 1080p video footage with fluid 30fps, too.




Multimedia


The gallery offers split-screen view, with a thin strip listing your folders on the left, and their content on the right, which aids navigation around it. There are plenty of editing options built right into the interface, and when you have the S Pen stylus, drawing on and annotating your pictures, becomes a breeze.

The music player interface with its blocky elements is familiar from many Samsung phones. The UI might be unimpressive, but it offers all the basics, like song categorization, as well as an abundance of equalizer presets and sound modes to choose from.

We also get a stock video player runs all popular formats, like MKV/DivX and Xvid without a hitch, and up to 1080p resolution at that. Its interface and options leave something to be desired, though, but you can always grab a better one from the Play Store.

Battery

Large phablet-style battery holds plenty of endurance promise

Samsung has placed a rather generous 3100 mAh battery pack in the Note 3 Neo, which sounds very promising for the resulting endurance. This is just shy of the Note 3's capacity, that has proven to be a marathon runner already, but the screen technologies are different, so we'll wait for our tests on the final retail unit, before we uncork the champagne.

Expectations


Galaxy Note 3 Neo seems destined for commercial success, as it will appeal to folks who are drooling after the Note 3, but think it is either too expensive, or too big to be carried around comfortably. Samsung said that this year it will expand its big-screen phones and tablets portfolio, and the Note 3 Neo seems to be its first step on the phablet diversification quest.

The budget model doesn't ask you for much sacrifice when compared to the flagship Note 3 phablet. It will also be a great alternative to 2012's Note II, as it is more compact, despite sporting the same screen size, and has new-gen screen, a faster processor and the newer generation of the S Pen. The fact that Samsung is bringing the full S Pen functionality in a mid-range phablet can only benefit us consumers, and we can't wait to land the final retail version to gauge whether the value-for-money proposition will be as good as it seemed during our preview of the Note 3 Neo.


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21 Comments

1. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

WOW! PA team, you're one of the fastest. Faster than other sites to preview a device.

3. Sonny_09

Posts: 49; Member since: May 24, 2013

They are the fastest in previewing Samsung devices.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

True. ;)

17. luigi0824

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol gsmarena has already a finished review of it

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Just price it right and this will be a hit

5. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

So, Android users, how is this any different from the 5S, 5C line from Apple? We're comparing the same fruit here: It's the same model of a pre-existing phone that's dumbed down slightly. Anything about specs or screen size are irrelevant - the 5C has the same screen size / OS as the 5S, as does the Neo to the original Note 3. This isn't a knock on the Note - it's an incredible device. But Apple received so much criticizm on the "5Cr*p". I'm curious to see your defense now that Samsung has done the exact same thing.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because Samsung has been doing this for awhile now...? Apple flaunted that their devices are premium and best in the industry, correct? iPhone 5C put that comment to rest. That's why.

10. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Hey PapaSmurf, where is MamaSmurf? I'm really miss her.

12. demonspeedster

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

because, while samsung presents us this device as an option to their other offering to capture new market and sale, Apple gave us the 5C so they don't have to sell you the original iphone 5, since they want to cut cost and afraid of the 5 cannibalizing the 5S market. Samsung intention is based on greediness, but apple is out there to with evil intention to screw their potential customer

6. gws898

Posts: 24; Member since: May 31, 2013

Does it have FM Radio?

8. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

Also, while at it, does it have TV? a DVD player? a cable receiver? and, and, and can it read my freaking girlfriend's mind? it does?! AWESOMEEE!!!

11. gregoryyy3 unregistered

Why mock him? You sound annoying.

9. adecvat

Posts: 644; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yeah, put new Note 3 features in Note 2 copy (Neo) and drop Note 2. Shamesung style.

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

last 3 pics looks so washed out even in low light.

14. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1265; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Display is 720p AMOLED OK.. But its Pentile like OG Note / Note3 or NON-PENTILE like Note2 / S2 ??? Thanks

15. mark_ray

Posts: 35; Member since: May 26, 2013

Nice movement from Samsung, it is reaching whole new market with this budget phablet

16. yudi.nemesis unregistered

18. StanoS

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

PA Team, could you please clarify if it is pentile or non-pentile (all 3 RGB subpixels) display? Thanks a lot.

19. COZMAN

Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

The current Note 3 has the legs to stay on the market for all of 2014 with no changes. I have to give it to Apple on this one. Instead of one after the other like before they have slowed down and are letting all these other companies blow their brains out releasing products that closely resemble what is already what they are offering. It doesn't work.

20. predateur

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 18, 2014

Also, while at it, does it have TV? a DVD player? can it read my freaking girlfriend's mind? AWESOMEEE!!!

21. 16.munira

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I do miss fm radio..it sucks after paying so much u don't get to enjoy such a basic feature like fm radio...nobody wants to download as it always requires internet connection..

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