Galaxy Note III to have the first plastic OLED screen

Galaxy Note III to have the first plastic OLED screen
Yet another interesting rumor about the Samsung Galaxy Note III has hit us today. We've already heard that Samsung might be planning a 6" display for its new phablet, but SamMobile is now adding a whole new perspective to the story. According to the source, Samsung is to equip the Note III with the world's first plastic OLED screen. The plastic substrate will allow to company to make the whole device significantly thinner and lighter than the current handsets with glass substrate.

Samsung fan-site, SamMobile, believes that thanks to this, the Note III will have a thickness of just 0.31" (8mm). In contrast, the Note II is 0.37" (9.4mm) thick. An additional bonus is said to be the presence of a bigger battery, due to the thinner display panel, though that seems a bit strange, since if Samsung decides to fill the newly freed space with more battery, then how is the device itself going to be that much thinner? We wouldn't be surprised if Samsung goes for some kind of middle ground, with a slightly thinner Note III and a slightly bigger battery.

Another characteristic of this new plastic OLED would be that it's very, very tough. This kind of display is actually being called "unbreakable" by some, though we all know that there are few things in this world that our clumsy hands cannot break.

Now for the bad news. The unofficial sources report that the Galaxy Note III will be introduced at IFA 2013, which takes place from September 6 to September 13, with launch scheduled for Q4. Having in mind the Note II's pre-IFA 2012 launch last year, this bit of information does sound somewhat plausible.

source: SamMobile

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1. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

flexible displays as well? hmm

6. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Perfect display, Great battery life, and the best software implementations and features solutions. After the total enjoyment of the Galaxy Note 2 it's only fair that I will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 3. Nothing else will ever matter in 2013 nor will anything ever top this device from September to July 2014.

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey I love my HTC Droid DNA, but once the Samsung Galaxy Note III comes out that will be my phone. My HTC Droid DNA will become my wife's phone for sure. The Samsung Galaxy Note III will be the phone of phones.

26. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I agree. i cant wait for the Note III.

28. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I want google to make something in the phablet category already. I love the note 2 and running some Carbon love on it. The touchwiz stuff was nice, but not for me. I'm a sucker for the ASOP feel. But more than likely, the note 3 will be my next baby.

37. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I just worry things that exceeded 5.5" is too big to put in my jean's pocket. I don't wanna carry a bag like ladies do.

19. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

no it wont have a flexible display. samsung already said not till 2014

41. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

It will just mean the display is damn near impossible to break.

2. FlushGordon unregistered

As long as it is not GorillaGlass2..I'm fine with it. That damn thing is brittle

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Of course not, GS4 has Gorilla Glass 3. I very much doubt if they'd put an older technology in a newer device.

38. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not enough improvements for me to give up my Note II. Maybe the Note IV will have enough improvements to make me pass down my Note II.

51. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I agree that the Note 2 is still one of the best phones in 2013, but the Note 3 will have a 1080 p screen which it needs for a device with such a large screen. The processor that the new Note will have, will most likely be a beast and to me those are two reasons to upgrade if you have the money.

67. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Plus your aging Note II will have fewer scratches on its glass screen than someone's week old Note III with its plastic screen. It may be shatterproof and good for careless butterfingers out there, but will fall victim to anything in your pocket

5. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Whatever glass it is, if bezels are too thin, dropping the phone and the phone lands on its corner or sides on contact with the ground and it will crack. Small surface area of contact means higher force and pressure on impact. If the phone fell even face down and the screen lands flat on the ground it is less likely to break compared to landing on its sides or corners.

10. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

What a silly hypothesis. 10/10 times phones that fall flat on their screens break more often than those that fall on their side.

24. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

That's my personal experience, Go and study a bit of physics. Landing flat on ground will only scratch the screen at most.

39. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not if a pebble of some sort is present.

29. joonyboy

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 11, 2010

.....just don't drop it then.

4. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

well i hope that the note III will ba made of non glossy plastic or light aluminum and change their design.The screen will be perfect.

7. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

As long as the screen is 6" or bigger, then I really dont care. Id love it if the Note 3 had the 6.3" screen that the Mega has, but it seems obvious that wont happen.

11. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

If the Note 3 is any bigger than the Note 2 in terms of its dimensions, it'd be a flop.

25. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I have to agree with this. I very much enjoy the size of my Note II, however if they increase the chassis size at all for the Note III, I will possibly reconsider buying one. The Note II is glorious to be sure, though pushing boundaries size wise. It's not as pocketable as previoius phones.. and being 6'8", big pockets is not really an issue! lol I find myself keeping the phone in jacket pockets (chest) rather than jeans pocket whenever possible. I sincerely hope they keep the Note III very similar in size.. a mm here and there won't kill me, but if it gets too big, I'm out. Having said that.. shrink the bezel and stuff the biggest screen possible in the same size chassis! :)

31. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Im 6'7" and I understand where you're coming from McLTE!! if its over 6", it's too big even for uss tall people. Id like for the Note III to be no more 5.9in, 3GB RAM, enhanced S-Pen functionality (as if it doesnt need anymore lol) at least a 4000MaH battery, and Jelly Bean or whatever Android OS that will be available at that time I may be overdoing it, but it would be a start

35. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Well, its obviously going to get bigger, I mean, look what they have done with the S4. The Question is, how much bigger is it going to be. Like I said, Id love to see it be 6" or bigger. 5.9" isnt precisely 6" and is be disappointed with another baby step (5.3, 5.5, 5.7)

13. h4ck3d

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I have a Note 2... but if the Note 3 comes with his overall size bigger I will buy the S4. If Samsung put a 5.9 screen without change the size of the phone: Shut Up And Take My Money.

14. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Exactly my thought. If they manage to make the Note 3 with a 6" display in the overall size of the Note 2 I'll be picking this one up...If its bigger I will go for the GS4 or whatever Motorola has in the oven..

63. Furbal unregistered

Same here, my note 2 footprint is about as large as I want to go.

30. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

The S4 has a bigger screen in a smaller frame when compared to the S3. So, I expect the Note3 will have a bigger screen in a smaller frame or at least the same frame as the Note2. I feel that is why they came out with the Mega. Let the Mega push the boundaries of phone and tablet and let the Note stay the perfect phone. IMO

8. KeyboardWarrior

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

And the last non-plastic part on Samsung phone is gone...

42. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Plastic screens are the future, do you really think flexible screens will use glass?

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