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5.99 inch AMOLED flexible display coming with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3?

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5.99 inch AMOLED flexible display coming with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3?
Last month, we told you that Samsung was looking at three different versions of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and one of those units was equipped with a flexible screen. Despite previous denials by the Korean OEM, speculation out of South Korea has Samsung using a 5.99 inch flexible AMOLED display on the next iteration of its phablet.

Other rumors have Samsung using both AMOLED and LCD panels with the one used on each unit depending on the market it is offered in. A published report on Friday says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a flexible display will start production in August and launch in September, possibly during the IFA 2013 show in Berlin.

According to the report, Samsung decided to go with the flexible display for the Samsung Galaxy Note III after demand started fading for the Samsung Galaxy S4. After sales of the handset got off to a great start with 10 million units purchased in the first month, demand for the flagship Android model has apparently dried up. Additionally, reports that LG is close to releasing a phone with a flexible display might have given Samsung the incentive to use a flexible panel for the next generation of its phablet.

source: MTMedia (translated) via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 28 Jun 2013, 21:59 28

1. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


if samsung manages to keep the size under 6 inch with thin bezels, i think they will take over the phablet market once again.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:34 43

10. pwnarena (Posts: 843; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


they never lost that market. there hasn't been any serious competitor.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 07:46 13

38. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Yes they haven't lost the market ... I love the Note series ... but the Sony Xperia Z Ultra deserves a worthy mention...

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 10:01 4

42. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1153; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


"i think they will take over the phablet market once again."

There are no other phablets for sale at least in the US. Only the Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4" would come close but Sony still hasn't figured out how to release product on all the carriers at the same time. That's why I don't take them seriously. The threat would have to come from HTC or Motorola. But for the 5" and below phones Samsung is not as powerful as before because there are many more Android alternatives to choose from.
As a Note 2 owner I'm not rooting just for just Samsung; I'm rooting for Android. I want there to be more selection and I want HTC, LG, Sony and Motorola to step it up. Apple has given up trying to battle feature for feature and I have no respect for another "S" model.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 14:24

50. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


lg optimus vu (intuition) is a phablet for verizon.. including a stylus

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 02:03

58. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


LG Optimus Vu is one of the worst handsets ive ever seen. The stylus doesn't even attach to the phone.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 23:30

54. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


> Sony still hasn't figured out how to release product on all the carriers at the same time

That's the carrier problem. Not Sony

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 15:58

56. AstronautJones (Posts: 250; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Since Sony will not be able to sell on different carriers, it may be carriers fault, but it IS a problem for Sony.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 18:38

62. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6254; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


yes think youre right on this one its 6.4". but LOVE TOO SEE THE OLED SCREEN

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 11:49

46. thelukewarm (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


if the HTC T6 rummors are truth... then you are very wrong man...

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:55 19

18. AnTuTu (Posts: 682; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


They never lost that market and they will never loose.

Note 3 will be a kick a$$ device just wait and watch. But I do wanna see thin bezels though.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 23:25 12

21. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


SHUT UP AND IMMEDIATELY TAKE MY MONEY!! XD

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 23:30 5

22. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


A thin bezel is the current trend for all the flagship devices (S4, the upcoming iPad 5, iPhone 5S/6, etc) and it'll just keep getting thinner until there's a barely perceptible bezel around the screen.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 00:58 6

25. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5611; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Depending on how thin of a bezel Sammy equips the Note III with, it MIGHT be possible to have the Note III fit within the footprint of the Note II.

One thing is for sure though, the Note III is getting the PR churn treatment. Which drives interest in the new release.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 14:03 1

49. scsa852k (Posts: 282; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Other companies are now just jumping into phablet market.
Note series created it and still owns it.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 06:03

59. jbreault (Posts: 25; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


there is nothing to take over they are on top of that market they stated it . and a 6 inch is just to big ill bet its going to be a 5.7 inch but maybe im wrong .

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:02 4

2. stealthd (Posts: 932; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


I wouldn't think they'd use that for the Note III but maybe for a new Galaxy/Note category. The Note is it's own thing now and switching to a flexible display would be a big change for that line of phones.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:08 5

3. Lyngdoh (Posts: 223; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


why don't you guys just round that figure to 6"?

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:46 14

17. pwnarena (Posts: 843; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


for marketing purposes. people think 6 is too big while 5.99 does is usually associated with 5. the same thing retailers do with their prices.

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 06:04

60. jbreault (Posts: 25; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


so true

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:11 8

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Maybe I'm missing the point here but I don't care about a flexible screen! Either give me a brighter Super Amoled Plus that I can see in direct sunlight, or go LCD3. But this flexible screen thing isn't looking very desirable.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:16 6

7. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


maybe you should buy the GS4, you can easily see the screen in sunlight with auto brightness on.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:11 12

5. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Not to be taken as criticism, but what's the point of these flexible displays?

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:12 10

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)


THANK YOU! I for one, have know flippin' idea. It looks like a punctured screen just waiting to happen.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:20 16

8. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


They are supposed to be more durable. They wont crack or shatter as easy.

They arent going to fold in half or anything crazy like that.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:26 12

9. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Plus they are lighter and slimmer then glass.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:36 2

11. pwnarena (Posts: 843; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


so what happens to scratch resistance now? if they will still use glass, it will still break and cost some amount to repair. if they use plastic, i don't really think there's any scratch resistance to talk about.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:42 1

14. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I believe they are made of plastic, not glass.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:43

16. pwnarena (Posts: 843; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


i think the most samsung can do to make use of the flexibility is to make the note 3 with a display that extends to the side or a display that wraps around the device. there's no significant demonstration of flexibility because everything will be fixed. glass will still be used to cover the device. once the glass breaks, you will still experience the shatter.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 19:19 2

52. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Durability. More resistant to cracking from drops.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:37 4

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6254; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Still waiting for Samsung Youm

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:40 3

13. gigaraga (Posts: 719; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Yes! Can't wait to see this beast :P

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:43 2

15. Jack58221 (Posts: 121; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


waiting for HTC's aluminum version. ;-)

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 22:56 1

19. AeroPrime (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Didn't Nokia show this before!

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 23:07

20. mottykels (Posts: 369; Member since: 15 May 2013)


What is the purpose of flexible display ?

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 05:51 2

31. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Look at this hammer test on the flexible display dude...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k6r2HQY9Ws

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 00:11 4

23. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


SOLD!!! Hopefully it's not gonna be $1000

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 00:48 3

24. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 942; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


cant wait to see this flex screen from both sammy and lg.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 02:00 1

26. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


No flexible display please rather increase the color depth to 32 bits.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 02:09 3

27. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


A phone you could fold in half.

This I got to see.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 23:31

55. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


No one said that it will fold in half. If it were to fold in half, every internal components must also be flexible, which they're not

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 04:51 2

28. kbayer (Posts: 19; Member since: 08 Feb 2010)


Tech toys are a rotten addiction. Holding off from upgrading almost 6 months now. Got my eyes on the Note 3. Patience is weakening. And when I come close to pulling the trigger, there's always something twinkling even brighter just a few more months away. How do you guys do it?

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 05:10 1

29. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Oh my god.....there are some cases in tech when you look back and thought that changed the game and that is innovation, this is that moment, if Sammy do this all other competition must pull something out the bag amazing otherwise they are doomed, this is the iPhone moment or the camera on a phone moment, this is awesome!

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 06:42

37. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Innovation???
Even if Samsung use flexible display This year, the other will not be doomed.
the display will be more durable but doesn’t mean it’s unbreakable and samsung is not the first or the only one who can make flexible display

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 08:38

40. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


its all about who can bring it to market quickest and this is more innovation else is doing name one bigger innovation than this in the mobile tech world now.....

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 11:29

45. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


so do you think if LG and Samsung bring flexible display into the mobile phone market first will make the other will be doomed??? i don’t think so.
Neonode multisensing, Camera sensor, IZGO Display and etc... are better or at least equal because those tech are really useful (non gimmick) in real life situation

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 13:47

48. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


How is this a gimmick, folding a 6inch display to make it more compact and easy to fit in your pocket, also durable, thin and lightweight this is more innovative any of the tech you have mentioned there!

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 15:50

51. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


do you think samsung can make foldable smartphone???? maybe someday but not today

Sony make the first foldable and rollable display but until this day they still unable to produce flexible device

all the technology that i've metioned before is far more "supperior" than just "durable, thin and lightweight"
you why??? because
Noenode multisensing
(one of the most advance touchscreen technology today)
Camera sensor
(one of the most useful and timeless technology in the world)
IGZO
(one of the most power efficient display)

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 12:13

47. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


The biggest benefit of flexible display is durable, lightweight, and thin.
those thing will help samsung device with durability but not something that will flatten the competition.

I’m sure other big manufacturers also preparing their own flexible display, even Sony has announced e-ink with flexible display

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 05:39 2

30. rcl4444 (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


As daddysbeenabadgirl says, the main idea is that these screens are thinner, lighter, shatterproof and very tough. So the phones can be much thinner, lighter and more durable.

As for what will protect it, the display's material is meant to be fairly scratch resistant to begin with. However there's been talk it will be covered by the new flexible Gorilla glass, which is meant to be not only mostly shatterproof, but also thinner and more scratch resistant than current Gorilla glass versions.

Regardless, the other big advantage is these displays don't need to be permanently bonded with the glass like current screens are, which means if you shatter your glass the display should be fine, so you only have to replace the glass.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 05:52

32. krysplayb (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jun 2013)


hope htc when coming out with the t6 would take into consideration these competitors and not just bring out something better than the one(butterfly s) but which cant match with upcoming competition(new xperia z and samsung gs4 with snapdragon 800)

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 06:05

33. papss (unregistered)


I'd honestly like to hold out on getting anther phone (besides my N4) until these S800 phones start showing up.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 06:17 1

34. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Samsung is only doing innovation when they feel threatened. That's not good.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 06:31

35. bachir8k (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I am sure the demand of the S4 is fading due to the many stupid different releases: Exynox, LTE, LTE-A, Exynox+LTE, Active, Nexus and any new chip or Android version will be released any time soon, they will launch a newer version.

Stick to one release Sammy, i don't like to see other people have the same phone that i am holding with the same price or lower but with better performance.

Next time, i will wait about 4 or 5 months after the S5 get released in order to go and buy it.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 07:54

39. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 852; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Part of the reason has nothing to do with design, or even Samsung. The Eurozone has countries (Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, etc) that are in deep economic crises, and most of the globe is stuck in economic doldrums, which affects sales of high-end products. Less disposable income = less purchases of high-priced goods. In Spain, EVERY high-end phone, generally speaking, is not selling well, but low and midrange phones are thriving.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 19:33 1

53. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


how are choices in options a bad idea? I love the fact they make different flavors of the same device. What is geared toward protection one has top specs another focuses on the camera. would be like General Motors making only a Corvette. I may prefer a Cadillac someone else may prefer a Silverado. Samsung stop making plastic devices that nobody wants to buy stop making multiple varieties of phones that nobody buysand for heaven's sake stop creating new technology for phones that other people can never praise but ridicule because their favorites do not have it so therefore it must be inferior.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 06:31 3

36. therealestboy (Posts: 47; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I hope Samsung keeps the same screen size. This is getting out of hand (literally), if the rumors are proven true.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 09:45 1

41. evil_slayer (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


last year we got the same news about the note 2 screen being flexible and it wasn't
same thing is gonna happen this year -_-

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 10:04 2

43. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1153; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


"According to the report, Samsung decided to go with the flexible display for the Samsung Galaxy Note III after demand started fading for the Samsung Galaxy S4."

This is why a love Samsung over Apple if this is true. They see how the market is responding and they adjust to stay on top. If Apple had adjusted there would be an Apple phablet in my hands.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 10:48

44. MartyK (Posts: 700; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Flex vs S-Amoled vs LCD3..the picture quality/in and out direct sun light?, I doubt if I will be hitting my phone with a hammer any time soon, and if you drop it, the screen is not the only thing that might break..
So I want the best picture a screen can have, which one is that?

Flex vs S-Amoled vs LCD3?

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