Cheap Chinese hardware is something to be wary of especially when it comes to smartphones but the Neo N003 is the first Chinese 1080p smartphone with a relatively good cost-performance balance.
The Neo N003 will be cheapest 1080p smartphone on the Android scene according to GizChina, packing a 5-inch (12.7cm) screen, a 13MP shooter & a 28nm quad-core Cortex A7-based MediaTek MT6589 SoC coupled with PowerVR SGX544 GPU all powered by a 3,000mAh battery under the hood at an introductory price of 899 Yuan ($144) for the ‘Youth’ version.
A flagship ‘Premium’ version priced at 1499 Yuan ($241) will hit the market with beefier specifications but no hardware changes were detailed so far.
The N003 is a bang-for-the-buck for people with a tight but what comes to the actual hardware quality is something to look forward before even considering cheap such electronic.
You can’t obviously expect a flawless product for such a low price but the Neo N003 shall nevertheless still impress like its predecessor; the dual-core N002 which is still selling like hot cakes. The Android version bundled was not disclosed but chances that it’ll run Android 4.2 or the older 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The N003 will come with both 8GB & 32GB variants, possibly with a MicroSD card slot.
Needless to say this little monster won’t be on par with current flagship devices like the Xperia Z, Nexus 4 or HTC Butterfly with it comes down to performance, features or build quality. Real life performance remains to be seen but the MT6589 silicon just barely manages to trash the Galaxy SIII when it comes to benchmarks, the cores should tick at 1.0-1.2GHz and the amount of packed RAM will either be 1GB or 2GB.
The Neo N003 is scheduled to be made available in Chinese stores shorty but no words were made concerning a possible international releases (which unfortunately seems unlikely).