Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Specs, Features

Last week, Samsung officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, a powerhouse phablet running on the Korean company's new Hexa-Core Exynos 5260 chipset, which integrates a Quad-Core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 plus Dual-Core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 CPU and has Mali-T624 GPU.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Philippines

Just from looking at its design identity and technical specifications, it appears that the SGNote3Neo is the intermediate phablet in between Samsung Galaxy Note2 from 2012 and Samsung Galaxy Note3 released in October of last year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Philippines

Looks-wise, it has the same rounded design language of the SGNote2 but it also flaunts the textured, journal-inspired plastic back cover and grooved faux metal side plate of the SGNote3. SGNote3Neo's 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 pixels SuperAMOLED HD display, Full HD video recorder, and 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back are almost if not exactly like that of the flagship from 2012 -- albeit the fresher release offers all these in a slimmer and lighter package.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Philippines
SGNote3Neo sports a microUSB 2.0 port like that of SGNote2 compared to SGNote3 which has a microUSB 3.0 port. The latter is faster but you can use the cables and chargers of your other Android smartphones with the former.

In terms of power, it's right in between the two flagship Notes -- at least, when we look at their Antutu benchmark scores. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 running Android 4.4 KitKat with its Quad Core Krait 400 based Snapdragon 800 SoC and 3G of RAM gets a score in the area of 34,800 to 35,000, 17,000 to 17,500 for the Exynos 4412 Quad powered SGNote2, while the Hexa-Core Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo with 2GB of RAM - according to reports - gets an Antutu Benchmark score in the area of 29,000 to 29,800. I guess this pretty much proves that having more cores doesn't particularly make a chipset more powerful than those with less cores.

When will it be released and how much will it cost in the Philippines? We've yet to hear from Samsung Mobile Philippines on the availability of this phablet. Nonetheless, considering that our country is always one of the first to get fresh releases from Samsung and that SGNote3Neo has just been launched in some territories in Europe, I'm expecting to land here within this month or early in March. As for the SRP, our guesstimate is around Php 30,500 for the LTE version -- and that's based on its official price tag of 499 Euros in Germany upon launch.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Android Phablet
Price Category Upper Midrange
Dimensions148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6 mm
Weight 162.5 grams
Available Colors White, Green, Black
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean skinned by TouchWiz UI
Display 5.5 inches (~267 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, SuperAMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Hexa-Core = Quad-Core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 + Dual-Core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 CPU, Mali-T624 GPU, Exynos 5260 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 64 GB, Free 50 GB of Dropbox Storage
Camera 8 MegaPixels main camera, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 2 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, 1080p for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, Flac player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, (LTE Model) 42 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL (Neo LTE+)/ HSDPA, 21 Mbps (Neo 3G)
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, (depending on model) 4G Network LTE - SM-N7505
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Removable Li-Ion 3,100 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features S Note, S-Pen Stylus Support, Latest Version of TouchWiz, Dual SIM version also arriving
Announcement January 31, 2014
Availability TP Guesstimate: February or Early March 2014
Price TP Guesstimate: Starts at around Php 30,500