Samsung has announced two new smartphones in India – the Galaxy Note 3 Neo and Galaxy Grand Neo at Rs. 40,990 and Rs. 18,450 respectively. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo will be made available in the last week of February, or early March, while the Galaxy Grand Neo is available in the Indian market from Tuesday.
Much like Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablet series, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo also comes with a S Pen stylus. The Galalxy Note 3 Neo is powered by a hexa-core processor (dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 + quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex A7). It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.
Other specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo include a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display; 2GB of RAM; 16GB inbuilt storage, which is further expandable up to 64GB via microSD card, and a 3100mAh battery. The new phablet from Samsung sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and BSI sensor, while there is a 2-megapixel front-facing camera also featuring BSI sensor. Connectivity options on the device include Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth, Infrared and 3G.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo comes with preloaded app galore that include Samsung Apps, Samsung ChatON, Samsung WatchON, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, S Voice, S Health, Group Play, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Air View, Story Album and S Translator among others. The S Pen comes with Air Command and Easy Clip feature, and also supports Multi Window and S Note. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo also features access to Club Samsung content store, where users can enjoy music, movies, mobile TV, concerts in nine Indian languages
The Galaxy Note 3 Neo will be launched in Black, White, and Mint Green colour variants.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo, which is now officially launched by Samsung at Rs. 18,450, was already available via various online retailers.
The Galaxy Grand Neo is a dual-SIM dual standby device which features a 5.1-inch TFT display with WVGA (480×800 pixel) resolutions. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean-based smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor, alongside 1GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Grand Neo details a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA (0.3-megapixel) front-facing camera. It also features LED-flash support and auto-focus feature for the rear camera, along with 720p video recording capability.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo comes with 16GB in-built storage, which can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. The handset also has a support for 3G network, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS/AGPS connectivity option.
Galaxy Grand Neo is powered by a 2100mAh battery, which can run up to 8 hours on 3G Internet usage, and up to 10 hours with Wi-Fi Internet usage, according to the retail listing. The smartphone measures 143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6 mm and weighs in at 163 grams.
Samsung’s much-anticipated smartphone, the Galaxy Grand Neo, has been listed on the Samsung Jordan website, along with the handset’s specifications.
The Galaxy Grand Neo has not been given a price yet, though the smartphone quite obviously falls into the mid-range segment based on the specifications. The availability of the handset is only shown for the city of Amman as of yet.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo’s Android version has not been mentioned on the official page but,based on previous rumours, the handset is expected to come with Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean. The device is also known as the Galaxy Grand Lite in some regions, with the model number GT-I9060 common for both.
The smartphone also supports dual-SIM with no word on dual standby functionality. The Galaxy Grand Neo features a 5.1-inch TFT screen with WVGA (800 x 480 pixel) resolution. An unspecified quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz powers the device alongside 1GB of RAM.
The camera options for the handset includes 5-megapixel rear and a VGA front-facing camera. Galaxy Grand Neo also features LED-flash support and auto-focus feature for the rear shooter along with the 720p video recording capability.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo will arrive with a 16GB in-built storage, which can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. The handset also has a support for 3G networks along with Wi-Fi b/g/n (2.4GHz support), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS/AGPS and more under its connectivity options.
The smartphone is powered by a 2,100mAh battery, which can run up to 8 hours on 3G Internet usage and up to 10 hours under Wi-Fi Internet usage. Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo measures 143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6mm in dimensions, and weighs in at 163 grams.
Galaxy Grand Neo additionally features a multi-window functionality, which has been previously seen in Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and Galaxy Note 3. The handset also comes with a modified one-handed operation keypad designed to make calls and send texts without using both the hands.
While the Galaxy Grand Neo’s price remains unannounced, a Dutch online retailer is quoting an unlocked price of 260 euros, or roughly Rs. 22,200.
The number of users accessing the web on their mobile handsets in India is expected to reach 155 million by March this year, according to the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
This number is further expected to grow to 185 million by June, 2014.
“The number of mobile Internet users is going to reach 155 million in India by the end of March 2014, and 185 million by June 2014, maintaining a quarter-on-quarter growth of 20 percent,” a report by IAMAI and IMRB International said.
At the end of December 2013, the number of mobile Internet users stood at 130 million as against a user-base of 110 million in October 2013. According to the report, the number of mobile Internet users in urban India is expected to grow from 103 million in December 2013 to 126 million in March 2014 and further touch 153 million by June.
Rural India, though accounting for the smaller share, is also expected to register strong growth, and touch 32 million users in June 2014, up from 27 million in December 2013.
The report also found that the average revenue per user (ARPU) has dropped to Rs. 387 from Rs. 460 in 2012.
However, the percentage amount spent on mobile Internet has gone up to 45 percent in 2013 from 43 percent in the previous year.
Also, 35 percent of the mobile Internet users are spending between Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 monthly on their phone expenses.
While nine percent are believed to be spending over Rs. 500, six percent are spending less than Rs. 100 every month, the report said.