Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite – A smaller brother

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite (Screen Size)
The noticeable screen size difference between the Note 3 and the Note 3 Lite

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite (Back)
The backs of the Note 3 and the Note 3 Lite

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite (Benchmarks)
The AnTuTu benchmark score for the Note 3 Lite

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?

Image Sources: SamMobile

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