June 25th is the date which Neo have promised to be the Neo N003’s launch date, and today is the day that they have finally confirmed pricing and specifications.
The Neo N003 is the phone that has been billed as the ‘worlds cheapest 1080 Android phone’ and it still will be, only at a slightly higher price (surprise surprise). Originally the standard version of the phone with 1GB RAM was to cost 899 Yuan in China (about $146). Neo are now telling us that this price has increased slightly to 1080 Yuan ($175). The good news is that the Advanced model with 2GB RAM has managed to keep its price at 1499 Yuan ($244) so basically UMi x2 price.
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Specifications have stayed pretty much as we reported all those months ago. Neo are still planning to ship the N003 with a 1.2Ghz Mt6589 chip rather than the newer MT6589T, display is a 5-inch 1080 HD panel, a 3 mega-pixel camera sits on the front while a 13 mega-pixel snapper lives on the rear. A 3000mAh battery should see better run time than the X2 and OTG plus HDMI out are obvious bonuses for anyone choosing this phone.
The only real kicker is that internal storage is pitiful! The standard model gets’ just 4GB ROM while the top of the range N003 has only 8GB ROM! Thankfully they both offer SD card expansion, but even still we expected much more!