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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo review

8/10 AVG.
RATING



8/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Very smooth performance during basic tasks
  • Great viewing angles
  • Crisp and sharp display details
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Some stuttering during intensive processes

Samsung has made a name for itself for offering a tablet or smartphone that appeals to almost everyone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is no exception. It intends to lure more consumers with the fact that it is almost exactly like the Note 3, except smaller and cheaper. In almost every other respect, the Note 3 Neo is an almost exact carbon copy of its counterpart. The design is practically the same with the faux-leather back and gray side rim. It is a little smaller at 5.84 x 3.05 x 0.34 inches but reviewers still consider it a bit too large for comfortable one-handed use. At 162 grams it also isn't very light, but it is comparable to other phablets of its size.

The slightly smaller overall size is due to the smaller screen. Still, the 5.5-inch panel is larger than many flagship phones available. In order to cut costs, Samsung opted for a 720p resolution display, which translates to a pixel density of 267ppi. While this might sound underwhelming to many that are used to pixel densities over 300, reviewers remark that it is still quite sharp and small details are very crisp. The panel also features Super AMOLED technology like the rest of Samsung's mobile lines. As with other Samsung devices, critics point out that while the colors are quite vivid, they tend to oversaturate to the blue spectrum. Blacks, they add, are very deep and viewing angles were quite good. The only major complaint most critics had was poor sunlight legibility.

The Note 3 Neo internal hardware sounds great on paper with its 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. When put through synthetic benchmark tests, it performed as well as a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. While not the fastest device on the market, it is still fast enough to perform basic tasks without issue. NDTV calls its general performance "buttery smooth." However, when doing more intensive tasks, they did notice some issues with stutters and lag, most notably during graphics intensive games and having multiple heavy web pages open at once. Battery life is the most impressive performer of the phone as multiple critics cite nearly 2 days of light usage.

While the 8MB camera might seem like a downgrade from the 13MP of the Note 3, reviewers still were relatively happy with its image quality. While they add that indoor shots tend to be grainy with poor lighting, in good lighting images had a good amount of detail and accurate color reproduction. Tech 2 adds that it excels in macro shots noting that they, "really come alive."

The Note 3 Neo might not have the high end display, camera and RAM as the Note 3, but reviewers still have no problem recommending it. Sammyhub states, "…if you're looking for the S Pen feature complemented with a good battery life, Galaxy Note 3 Neo won't disappoint you."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

It's a wonderful all-round performer for customers looking for a big-screen smartphone from a well-known brand that's not going to absolutely thrash the bank.

- Ray S., PhoneArena
Sammy Hub

Samsung had initially priced the Galaxy Note 3 Neo around the Rs. 41,000 mark, which to be honest was high considering one could have the Galaxy Note 3 for a few thousand rupees more. Now, Samsung has corrected the price of the device to around Rs. 35,000 and if you’re looking for the S Pen fe...

- Kunal, Sammy Hub
NDTV

All points considered; if you are looking for a sturdy phablet with a powerful stylus for note taking, a big, beautiful screen and great battery life, then look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo as it might just serve the purpose. But be warned, the performance of the Neo is middling for...

- Ershad Kaleebullah, NDTV
Notebookcheck

The South Korean manufacturer presents a nicely conceived smartphone with stylus input with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo SM-N7505. Samsung's new processor provides high performance in the application field. The screen is on a good standard, and only exhibits minor weaknesses in color reproduction....

- Daniel Schmidt , Notebookcheck
GSMArena

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is more than adequately powered and has a solid screen, which took the cut in resolution amazingly well. The S-Pen and the software built around it place the Neo among the productivity leaders on the market. The sort of experience that Muti-Window enables and the extra...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena


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Samsung backs up the Galaxy Note 3 Neo with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo's screen size is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A15 & Cortex-A7 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3100 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1492 minutes, 720 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Note 3 Neo Specs

Overview
Release date March 1, 2014
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop)

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Processor ARM Cortex-A15 & Cortex-A7 1.7 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.54 W/kg
Body: 0.7 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 698 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 720 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1492 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Green, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.8 x 7.7 x 0.9 cm (5.8 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 163 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Sound & Shot, HDR, Metering, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite, SM-N750, SM-N7505

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