Thrifty small business owners can look forward to a more affordable version of what may be the year’s best business phone. Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch a lower-cost version of its Galaxy Note 3 phablet. The Note 3 made headlines this year thanks to its formidable specs, huge display, built-in stylus and deep multitasking capabilities. Those features make it a powerful device for business — but only if you can stomach its steep $299 price tag.
Business users on a budget may soon be in luck. The lower-end version of the Note 3, rumored to be headed for a February launch, is said to retain the original’s software, stylus and massive 5.7-inch display. To cut costs, reports say Samsung will replace the Note 3’s sharp Super AMOLED display with a standard LCD panel. The cheaper handset may also come packed with a metal mesh touch layer that could be a bit less sensitive than the Note 3’s digitizer-enabled screen, as well as a lower-end camera.
For now, the Note 3 remains one of the best productivity devices ever made. The phone is bigger and faster than most other handsets, while being notably slimmer and lighter than its predecessor, the Note 2. Its large screen is perfect for multitasking, and its cushy battery life will let you work on the go. And business users might benefit most from the Note 3’s S Pen stylus and intelligent note-taking software.