The Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung is one of the best business phones ever made, but its hefty price tag and sprawling, 5.7-inch display may be too much for some users to handle. A new device, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo, packs most of the features of that phone into a slightly smaller, more affordable package. The lower-end variant debuted this week, with news that it will retain the same S Pen stylus that helped make the original Note 3 a standout business phone.
The Note 3 Neo boasts a sharp, 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, which is just a hair smaller than the screen on Samsung's flagship phablet. The smaller size should make the phone easier to handle. It has a slightly slower processor and less memory than the Note 3, but keeps that phone's stylus and handy note-taking software; just hover the tip of the stylus near the display and press the single button located on its side to access the compact Action Menu. From this menu, you can jump to one of five useful pen input applications.
Users can expect good battery life from the Note 3 Neo thanks to the inclusion of a hefty 3,100mAh battery. The phone is also compatible with Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, great for business users who want to see their notifications at a glance. Samsung hasn't announced exact pricing and release details yet, but the phone is slated to hit shelves sometime in February.