There are some joys to owning a larger phone. Games are easier to play. Images are clearer. Children sing constantly wherever you go. OK, maybe not that last part, but there is something about a bigger phone that can be appealing… or at least, so Samsung hopes.

My Name Is Neo

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is, despite the name, not a step up from the Note 3, Samsung’s current high-end megaphone. Instead it’s actually a midrange version, situated halfway between the Note 2 and the Note 3. Essentially imagine those two phones having a relatively inexpensive baby, and you’ve got the general idea. The Note 3 Neo will have the looks of the Note 3, but a more modest processor.


Essentially, the big difference is in the guts of the Neo. It’s got a “hexa” processing set up, which means there’s a 1.7 Ghz dual-core processor and a 1.3Ghz quad-core stuffed in the Neo. That’s a better setup than the Note 2′s lonely quad-core processor, but the Note 3 is packing two quad-core processors, so if it’s raw power you want, you’re going to have to buy a Note 3. Also taking a step down is the camera, which is essentially the same as the Note 2′s. But it does get the smart gestures and the Magazine UX, so those are some good bonuses.

Oh, and yes, it will still come with the little pen that slots into the body. It wouldn’t be a Note without one of those, after all.

Aiming For The Middle

There’s no pretending that the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is anything other than a midrange phone. But by the same token, it’s nice to know that they’re still making those phones, and that people who want to get a bigger phone without breaking the budget will be able to have their needs met. Or at least those of us playing Tapped Out will be able to get more real estate.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.