By Stephen Schenck | January 22, 2014 12:44 PM
Last month we were talking about Samsung’s interest in releasing a new Galaxy Note model, the Note 3 Lite. Supposedly, this would be a slightly smaller, lower-cost alternative to the Note 3 proper, while still offering some improvements over the old Note II. More recently, we’ve head that the phablet would instead launch as the Note 3 Neo, got a much more thorough understanding of its hardware (including an unusual six-core SoC), and checked out some real life images comparing it to the Note 3 itself. As we wait for Samsung to make the phone official, we’re learning about at least one retailer who is already accepting pre-orders for the Note 3 Neo, and has made available a number of quite official-looking press renders.
While from the front this might be mistaken for the full-sized Note 3, that camera/flash configuration around back makes it clear that this isn’t any existing Note model, and appears to perfectly match the Note 3 Neo pics we’ve already seen.
There’s been a lot of talk about Samsung launching this model at the MWC next month, and then maybe getting it out for sale sometime in March, but could the timetable be a little more accelerated than that? We’re intrigued by the January 27 date in these renders, forcing us to consider the possibility that Samsung may intend to announce the phone as soon as Monday next week.
As for that retailer taking pre-orders, the Note 3 Neo is reportedly priced at a whopping 600 EUR in Belgium; sure, we’ve seen the actual Note 3 sell for more like 750 EUR in the same nation, so it’s definitely cheaper, but this is no budget phablet.