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samsung-galaxy-note-3-neo-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-iiMoments ago at the ongoing Samsung Forum event in Bali, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which is essentially a cheaper variant of the flagship Galaxy Note 3. But what Samsung hasn’t explicitly said is, that apart from being a cheaper Note flagship, it is also essentially a repackaged Galaxy Note II, which was launched in September 2012. With the latter being available for Rs 30,000 at most online retail stores, there is Rs 11,000 separating the two devices. Let’s see if the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is worth the extra buck. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch date revealed: Check expected specs and price in India

  1. Form-factor and Design: Both the devices are “big” and need the use of the S-Pen to use comfortably. In size, both the devices are nearly the same, but the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is a shade slimmer and much lighter than the Galaxy Note II. The former also gets a pleather back, which gives it a much premium look, especially compared to the plastic on the latter.
  2. Display: Both the devices sport the exact same Super AMOLED 720p display with the same size (5.5-inch) and boasting the same pixel count (267ppi).
  3. Specs: Though neither of the devices are what you would call slow, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo is theoretically more powerful than the Galaxy Note II thanks to its hexa-core processor. The latter has to make do with a quad-core Exynos processor, which isn’t bad by any means.
  4. Storage: Both the devices offer microSD card slots for memory expansion, but the Galaxy Note II offers more internal memory at 16GB compared to 8GB on the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.
  5. Cameras: Though both the devices feature an 8-megapixel camera at the back, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo gets a “shade better” camera (2-megapixel) at the front, while the Galaxy Note II has a 1.9-megapixel camera.
  6. Battery and OS: The devices are the same in the rest of the departments boasting the same 3,100mAh battery and though the Galaxy Note II started out with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it has been recently upgraded to 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Though both the devices are quite evenly matched, it all comes down to that Rs 11,000 that separates the two. For the extra buck you will get a more powerful processor and the premium-ness of the pleather back. If looks are what matters then there is but one choice, but if value for money is the priority, then the old warhorse still has life in it. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests

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SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3 NEO

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II

SIZE

148.4×77.4×8.6 mm 151.1×80.5×9.4 mm

WEIGHT

162.5 grams 183 grams

DISPLAY

5.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p (267ppi) 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD 720p (267ppi)

PROCESSOR

Hexa-core (two 1.7GHz Cortex A15, four 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A7) 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core

RAM

2GB 2GB

STORAGE

8GB expandable 16GB expandable

CAMERAS

8-megapixel, 2-megapixel 8-megapixel, 1.9-megapixel

BATTERY

3,100mAh 3,100mAh

ANDROID OS

4.3 Jelly Bean 4.3 Jelly Bean

PRICE

Rs 40,900 Rs 30,000 (at most online retail stores)
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  • Published Date: February 18, 2014 1:50 PM IST
  • Updated Date: February 18, 2014 6:11 PM IST


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