The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has only been released 4 months ago, but Samsung has released a new version of it – the Note 3 Lite, with a smaller screen.
The Note 3 Lite will share similar design traits to the Note 3, with the faux leather backing, which is actually plastic. The Note 3 Lite also includes the same S Pen functionalities, that some users have grown to love.
However, the camera module has been slightly redesigned, with the border around the camera and the flash removed.
The Note 3 Lite will reportedly come in 2 versions – HSPA+ (SM-N750) and LTE (SM-N7505). The screen size has been reduced from 5.7″ (386 pixels per inch) on the Note 3, to a 5.55″ 1280×720 Super AMOLED screen at 265 ppi. It will only have 2GB of RAM rather than 3GB as before, and an 8 MP camera instead of a 13 MP one on the Note 3. The Note 3 Lite will also have a 3100 mAh battery, 100 mAh less than its bigger cousin. Both will offer the same storage options – 16GB with expandable storage. One interesting thing is that the Note 3 Lite uses a microUSB connector instead of the USB 3.0 connector on the standard Note 3, so we do expect slower charging times and data transfer rates.
Not all is bad for the Lite though. This time, Samsung has included their own Exynos 5260 true hexa core processor on it, with all 6 cores running at the same time, rather than using the octa core’s big.LITTLE architecture. This allowed it to achieve a rather high AnTuTu benchmark score of 29,382, putting it ahead of the Galaxy S4, but slightly below the standard Note 3.
There has been no news yet of a release date nor pricing in Singapore, but the Note 3 Lite will be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain next month.
So for those of you who deem the Note 3’s screen a bit too big for your taste, the Note 3 Lite might seem like a better alternative. Will this be another one of those niche market failures by Samsung? Or will this device overtake its bigger cousin in sales?
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