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Galaxy Note 3 'Lite' tipped to keep 5.7-inch screen

A more basic version of Samsung's popular Note 3 smart phone could feature an LCD screen.

Samsung's rumoured entry-level version of its Note 3 smart phone could keep the massive screen of its namesake, if fresh whispers are to be believed.

The display on the rumoured mobile will still measure 5.7 inches, according to a Korean-language report at ETNews, though peering through the fog of Google Translate suggests we could see the display use LCD rather than AMOLED tech, or deploy a camera with a lower megapixel count.

I've asked Samsung for comment on the possibility of a cheaper Note 3, and I'll let you know if I hear anything back.

It's worth taking this rumour (and all tech rumours) with a pinch or two of salt, though Samsung certainly has form when it comes to making multiple variants of the same smart phone.

The Galaxy S4 for instance has spawned the Galaxy S4 Active, the S4 Zoom and the cheaper, smaller S4 Mini.

Samsung could be hoping that a cheaper version of the Note 3 gets a larger swathe of shoppers hooked on its big screens and S-Pen stylus tech.

Samsung already makes the Galaxy Mega, a 6.3-inch monster mobile that's less sophisticated than the Note 3. Perhaps the South Korean tech giant is looking to create a low-cost hit using the Note 3's more famous name, however.

The so-called Note 3 'Lite' has been rumoured before, tipped to show itself at Mobile World Congress, a major tech trade show that kicks off in late February 2014.

Would you buy a cheaper Note 3? Or would you rather pay extra for a more polished device? And how big is too big for a smart phone? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook wall.