Neo N003 will launch with updated 1.5Ghz MT6589T Turbo chipset

With just 5 days to go before the quad-core, 1080, Neo N003 is set to go on sale, Neo have announced they will update the phone with a faster 1.5Ghz Turbo chipset!

Sales for the Neo N003 will officially begin on June 25th, almost a month later than flagship phones from JiaYu and Umi already launched, however this extra wait has allowed Neo to prepare a phone with all the features customers have been crying out for rather than a half-baked product (see JiaYu G4 first batch with no OTG).

The surprise though is that Neo have eventually decided to launch the N003 with the updated 1.5Ghz MT6589T chipset! So although later to the market than others, the N003 will actually be one of the first Turbo phones available with 2GB RAM!

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Actually the N003 is shaping up to be one of the more feature packed Chinese Android smartphones of the year. As we already know the display is a 5-inch 1080 OGS unit with narrow 2.78mm bezels. There will be an option of either 1GB or 2GB RAM, both models will get Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, OTG, MHL, 3000mAh battery, Yamaha audio chip and 13 mega-pixel rear camera with F/2.2 aperture.

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The flagship version of the N003 will cost 1499 Yuan here in China which is the same as the UMi X2, so international customers can expect to pay around $300 for the N003 when it becomes available.

Is the Neo N003 on your list of Chinese Android phones to get this year?

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    • Harald
      June 20, 2013

      It’s a huge surprise. But I’d pay a premium for better specs.

    • June 20, 2013

      I’m with you on this one….a pity they couldn’t keep the pricing sub $250 for resellers.

  1. June 20, 2013


    picture says this has OTG+ MHL…
    Are you sure??? MHL in this phone???

    But I like Jiayu g4 than 1080p big phone, that idiots are not good at making phone, no backlights,first batch no otg, camera zoom.problem, washed images,

  2. Ben Liu
    June 20, 2013

    Woo hoo! Thank god I waited for this instead of going with the alternatives (iOcean / Umi).

    Cant wait!! 1.5Ghz is very nice speed bump (25%)

  3. SYHMS
    June 20, 2013

    NEO is my first choise among 5” FHD QuadCores. Because it’s good looking, material used doesn’t look cheap, specs are good, it is from a reliable company and after all it is cheapest of all.

    • Simon
      June 20, 2013

      Is it a reliable company ?

  4. June 20, 2013

    Their a bit too late. If they confirmed that they were going to release the mt6589T version, i would have got that. But then…I’ve already went ahead with the UMI X2 Turbo instead.

  5. dino
    June 20, 2013

    Oooo shit that’s a big loss ..

    Lol seriously do u think they Care .
    If u bought or not.
    They finish ther lot of 50k units in 5days.
    Whole world gone nuts over 1080 phones.

    • June 20, 2013

      owh well. i was chatting with the admin’s in the official neo forums. i didn’t like the way they ignored every comment regarding the upgrade. 0 news. nothing. When the mt6589T was announced. the whole forums was about nothing but that. And they just didn’t confirm nothing.

      • Harald
        June 20, 2013

        Where forum address?

  6. Sergio
    June 20, 2013

    I’m definitely in. Can’t wait. I wish they add a silicone bumper or some sort of cover in the box, and a spare battery 🙂 Or add them as accessories.

  7. roni
    June 20, 2013

    wcdma only 2100, no 850 , no 900.
    any hdmi connection?

  8. Gianfiore
    June 20, 2013

    are you sure? I’m interested in a phone with wcdma 900 support. Can anyone suggest me one?

    • Patrick
      June 20, 2013

      The ZTE V987 is one of the only viable devices supporting wcdma on 900. The nanufacturer is one of the largest in the world plus developers are creating alternate firmware versions for it. I have so far not come across anything comparable.

      • Lokacz
        June 20, 2013

        Lenovo A820 also supports 900WCDMA, i have A820 tested ( Poland, Aero2 is using 900mhz )


        • Albert
          June 20, 2013

          And what about UMI X2 and TCL S950 ?

          • Artur
            June 24, 2013

            Umi doesn’t support aero. If you want to use aero, ZTE is the best choice i think.

  9. hecke
    June 20, 2013

    Where to preorder the 2GB-RAM version?


    • June 20, 2013

      They usually offers discount coupon. You could try: JUNE5 (not sure if it will work).
      But stay aware: launch date is a mystery and could take months.

      • Hendrik Hörmann
        June 20, 2013

        Thanks, but I thought launch date is no mystery anymore but may, 25th!?

        • roni
          June 20, 2013

          thats fake

        • roni
          June 20, 2013

          dont have the turbo chip, no OTG, no hdmi.
          very old specs or fake.

  10. June 20, 2013

    Ha! Quite a better option than UMI X2!! Yamaha audio, 30pc faster performance, better looking and no fake promises! Only lacking thing seems to be a protective glass but that can’t be a deal breaker! If I can get the flagship in the 250$ range, I’ll go for it!

  11. Hecke
    June 20, 2013

    The phone has gorilla glass 😉

  12. Odyman
    June 20, 2013

    Actually I think Neo n003 has Asahi Glass (probably even better than Gorilla glass II

  13. Harald
    June 20, 2013

    Where release date??

  14. Harald
    June 20, 2013

    I find video review:

    It’s more a hands-on than a review, but still interesting. The unit shown is not the final version, as the presenter mentions. He also says it will come out next month. Everything seems nice and smooth, and the camera is promising.

  15. pell
    June 20, 2013

    Hello, afaik relase date got delayed 1 month we had a private big sale directly with neo to individual buyers and last week they told us it got delayed.

    But what is worse they already sold the frist batch and it seems they made the pre-sell to local resellers, don`t know how long it will take to see this phone with a normal price for international buyers.

    My advice is to find a new device, they nerferd youth version from 8gb to 4gb relase date got delayed 2 times already.

  16. johnn
    June 20, 2013

    release date on july, it is on there forum.

  17. June 20, 2013

    Oh man!! Then, bye bye Jiayu G4, and hello NEO!!! Hope this comes soon and available internationally too!!

  18. tal levi
    June 21, 2013

    the updated processor will only be on the advanced version? youth stays with mtk6589?

  19. Odyman
    June 21, 2013

    @Johnn, can you please share the forum link where they mention July release? I found only the info about the shipping which is June 25th.
    Does anybody know where this phone is expected to be shipped actually?

  20. Dick Justice
    June 21, 2013

    here is what i recived from lighttake :

    ” A bad news: NEO cell phone will delay to July 25th, 2013.

    But it will update to MTK6589T Turbo from MTK6589 Quad Core processor. ”

    so, all N003 will have Turbo 6589, and will be relased a month later… i paid 170$ for that crappy 4gb rom version, but i will wait 😉

  21. Mrinal
    June 21, 2013

    Any indications how much the ‘youth’ / non-premium version will be? Will that still go for 160?

  22. TETE
    June 21, 2013

    In lightake where it says that there is a delay? Keep putting June 25 as the date of departure.

  23. Hecke
    June 21, 2013
  24. Shaunuss
    June 23, 2013

    More delays… noooo! Good news about the processor upgrade, and the camera is dope as!

  25. Simon
    June 24, 2013

    We shall see tomorrow

  26. TETE
    June 24, 2013

    Good I confirm that is true neo n003 is delayed to July 25 on the issue of the update to T what scares me esque increasingly continue indefinitely delaying this terminal

  27. Yoshinaga
    June 27, 2013

    Which one better UmiX2 or Neo N003 ?

  28. July 15, 2013

    is already available in Indonesia

  29. July 23, 2013

    Hi guys,
    Will the premium 2GB version be available on the 25th of July? Can I buy it in stores in Shanghai or will this only be online? I’m in China until 28th of July, will I be able to take one with me?

  30. naijaboy
    July 25, 2013

    how far with…

  31. paul
    July 30, 2013

    Well i see the date has been and gone , still no sign of a release for this phone , i was hoping to find a price for the 2g ram 32gb rom version , but hey !

  32. July 31, 2013

    The Neo N003 is a hoax, in real life it doesn’t exist…