The battle for the smartphone flagship supremacy rages on, as the best from Samsung and Apple look to be crowned as the best smartphone in the market today. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the Android phone to beat but how does it fare with Apple’s top contender - the iPhone X? With both phones boasting top-of-the-line features and specifications, this is easily one of the closest phone matchups to date. To end the debate once and for all, let’s delve deeper to identify what both phones bring to the table:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is not a mini version per se - with a Duos version in tow, it's more like a new branch in the Note family tree. A fork down the road that shouldn't have been a surprise - Samsung would be fools to not try and capitalize on a popular and successful line of devices.
A six-core CPU based on ARM's big.LITTLE architecture, an 8MP camera with 1080p video and a SuperAMOLED screen are still solid credentials if you're not going to compete at the very top of the league. The S-Pen is of course a prominent part of the deal. Granted, the screen resolution is down but 720p isn't too bad. The screen is decently sharp, while promising to place less strain on the battery and keeping cost down.
Now let's talk about the S-Pen features. The Note 3 Neo has every S-Pen-enabled app that came pre-installed on the original Note 3. Once you pull the S-Pen out, as usual the OS will pop up the Air Command menu. The menu is available everywhere throughout the UI too, you just need to press the side button on the S-Pen.
The Air Command menu is a virtual ring with five shortcuts - Action Memo, Scrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo comes with an 8 MP camera sensor good for photos of up to 3264 x 2448 pixels in its native 4:3 aspect. The Note 3 Neo is also capable or recording 1080p@30 fps videos. The clips have a bitrate of around 17 Mbps, audio is captured at 124 Kbps with a sampling rate of 48 kHz with 2 channels (read stereo). You can also capture 6MP images during video recording.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is the first device in the market that runs on hexa-core Exynos 5260 chipset. It has two Cortex-A15 @ 1.7GHz and four Cortex-A7 @ 1.3GHz at disposal. Unlike previous Exynos chipsets, the one here supports HMP, which means that it can run all six cores simultaneously. The Note 3 Neo is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean rather than 4.4 KitKat, which may hurt it a bit, but on the other hand, since it has a lower-res 720p screen, so the Mali-T624 will have an easier job.