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Samsung confirms mid-range Galaxy Note 3 Neo not coming to UK

Other launch details remain unclear

Rumors of an upcoming mid-range version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 have been circulating in recent weeks, with photos and and spec details for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo — aka Note 3 Lite — appearing on Samsung fansite SamMobile. Leaked details point to a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM and a processor with six Cortex A7 cores at 1.3GHz, paired with a Mali-T624 GPU. The device is due to go up for pre-order shortly at one Belgian retailer, according to the reports.

Today Samsung has confirmed the existence of the Note 3 Neo in a short statement, while also revealing that the device won't be heading to British shores. The statement given to Android Central reads simply: “Samsung UK can confirm that the Note 3 Neo will not be coming to the UK market.”

In the absence of any detailed announcement we're left guessing as to when and where the Galaxy Note 3 Neo will actually go on sale. It's possible, however, the device might be targeted at emerging markets in order to deliver a Note-class device at a lower price point.

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Alex Dobie
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Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • I would love to see the phone come to the US because I'd buy it. Posted via Android Central App
  • And, that's exactly why it won't come. The Note 3 Neo, which is basically just a re-branded Note 2, would probably cannibalize sales of the Note 3, here in the States. The carriers won't want to have anything to do with that. (However, we did get the Mega 6.3, and I didn't think that would come to the States, either.) Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • The carriers also have some stock of note 2s in stock that they need to push out, too. Posted via Android Central App
  • Great point. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • NEO is NOT the ONE.....Zion falls to the machines again morpheus. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mah battery)
  • My question is, if I can get this phone for the same price as a used note 2, should I get the Note 2 or the neo? Posted via Android Central App
  • Depends if you want the plastic or the faux leather really. The neo s pen will fit either direction(assuming its the same as note3), note2 has to go in a specific way. Other than that.....if a note2 has anything before 4.3, you can still unlock the bootloader if your into that.
  • Why would anybody cheapen out on something that they use every day for hours is beyond me. I never go cheap on my mobile phone.
  • What kind of question/statement is that? Some people can't afford the most expensive devices; and some people don't spend hours on their phones. Put the damn phone down and get a life. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • The reason people think of getting a cheaper phone is because many people no longer get phones that are subsidized so they either finance or pay up front like me. I can't afford a $700 note 3. I can get $300 for my note 2 but I still have another 400 to come up with. I love my Note 2 but if the neo is a small upgrade I'll take it. Only problem is with Knox and harder root my Note 2 still seems better. If kitkat is released on the Neo then maybe I'll get it but for now I have 4.4 rom on my note 2 and I love it.
  • If the difference in price was $100 between a brand new note 3 and a brand new note 3 neo, you would have to be either ignorant or dumb to buy the neo, end of story. Just like all the ignorant people who buy the iPhone 5c vs. The 5s.
  • I'd seriously consider the Note Neo if it came to the US. I like the Note series, but not the price point. I'd like to see them offer the cheaper version here so you can feel like you are getting current hardware vs. last years leftovers (Note 2).
  • But why, when it is exactly the same phone as the Note 2?
  • Other than a newer and completely different processor, the more up to date industrial design, and, hopefully, the S-Pen that goes in either way. Plus it will likely have similar accessories to the Note 3.
  • Not really. It has a newer processor, it will probably have kitkat hopefully, new stylus with new features and I like the leather over the plastic. So in reality it is a decent step up. Only question now is, will it have kitkat and what is the starting price for off contract pricing.
  • Also, and this just occoured to me, it will likely be a physically smaller device than the Note 2. The Note 3 is nearly exactly the same size as the Note 2, so it stands to reason that the Note Neo would be smaller thant the Note 3 physically (due to the smaller screen) and therfore smaller than the Note 2. The pictures of the Note 3. The leaked pictures in this engadget article support this idea.
  • I never see the point in this, but Samsung keep pushing out old phones rebranded and with a slight aesthetic change as new, cheaper phones. I think I've seen phones with the S2 innards on about 3 different phones, and they're the exact same and yet more expensive than just buying the older one. Yet it must be working, else Samsung would stop, surely?
  • What Samsung is doing is genius, actually. They're re-branding last year's flagship devices and selling them for cheaper than the prices they debuted at. So, instead of writing down and taking a loss on those components, they're using them to generate a profit. As for devices like the S2 and S3, they're still very popular with the prepaid crowd. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Exactly. And the S3 is still a nice device...
  • +1 Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mah battery)
  • So it's a slightly updated Note 2??
  • That's what I'm taking from this. New look, different feel and better texture (at least to me), new stylus with new features and maybe even kitkat right off the bat.
  • I'm guessing this is for markets where maybe the note 2 isn't doing so great Posted via Android Central App
  • Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just continue to sell the Note 2 rather than design and manufacture a new phone?
  • Wouldn't it have been cheaper to keep selling the GS3 than designing the GS4? Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mah battery)