Samsung Galaxy Note II rumored to have flexible OLED screen

Samsung Galaxy Note II rumored to have flexible OLED screen
After we heard that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might be arriving in October with ultra high-res screen, now comes a contradictory rumor that it could feature a flexible OLED screen. 

The rumor for a 5.4-incher made with plastic substrate instead of glass comes courtesy of a Korean website, and nobody but Samsung could vouch for the validity of that claim. The source also claims that it will have a 12MP camera, whereas we've heard before it will sport an 8MP shooter, so it would all be some wishful thinking.

We know that Samsung can make Super AMOLED HD + displays, we also know that it can make flexible screens, but we highly doubt it can combine these too, or even whether it can make flexible Super AMOLED HD ones, so you have to take a side whether you want a higher resolution or a more robust screen that won't shatter when dropped in the next Galaxy Note.

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45. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

oh aye dis is priddy choooice

42. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

All this is well and good, but we had hoped that they would have a better screen, Full HD, like on the new LG screen, full 1920 x 1080P in an SAMOLED HD +, but NOT Pentile. And, completely water-proof and drop-proof, as well. We would also like to see them make their screen truly superambiphobic (that is: VERY water (hydrophobic) and oil (oleophobic) repellant, to cut down on smudges and fingerprints). A superambiphobic screen is able to keep itself completely clean of smudges, smears, water spots, oil stains, fingerprints, etc. Let’s get it on, Samsung! Recently I saw a friend’s phone after he signed in with gestures. From several feet away I could see the pattern he used smeared on the screen, even after several minutes of use. That is NOT secure, we NEED better glass, superambiphobic glass, to be exact. It should be, naturally, Enterprise Ready, and certified Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE). Face Unlock should be available. It should also try to be a bit more future-proof. 2GB of RAM and 32GB Internal storage these days is an absolute MINIMUM! We’d actually like to see 4 and 64, or more, standard, by the end of the year. Don’t forget the wireless charger, with at least a 12” charging range, 5 feet would be better. For expanded storage it should have a microSD card slot able to handle at least 64GB, and a micro-USB3 port for external access and drives. The latest iteration of Bluetooth goes without saying, but so many aren’t paying attention, so I’ll say it. And for goodness sake, update and simplify pairing. Gracious what a mess everything seems to be, needlessly. Further, it should have Dolby Mobile 3 with support for 5.1 sound via HDMI out. Then, make sure it can play full HD for at least 10 or 11 hours, minimum. Let’s not forget an updated, more useful Stylus. The stylus should have a finer point, and the stylus INSIDE a full PEN-sized adapter should fit inside the case of the unit. It should have less lag. The current stylus is just too small to handle well, and the point is too broad for fine work. Voice control is a must, and must be MUCH improved. Don't forget wireless charging. It should be able to handle 2 units at least a foot away from the charger. Five feet would be better. NFC is a MUST! And you should include some of your own NFC TecTiles as a sample, too, say 5 or 6 of them. Don’t forget, Android 4.1 or 5.0 should be loaded out of the box, with NO bloatware. Then, of course, you can make it a Nexus device, to avoid bloatware and speed up updates. Then, bring it to all carriers, as you did with the S III. NOW, Samsung, you would be getting somewhere.

43. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

you have a lot of expectations and i bet 90% wont come true. Samsung, and every other manufacturer for that matter, won't out a phone with THAT many features, it will super expensive just to build it

41. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

tbh, i have the Galaxy Note, and im disappointed with it. after updating to ICS, the phone lags worse than my Optimus 3D, crashes so many times and the battery drain is beyond terrible. im surprised that the update was so sucky! and even before the update the phone was already laggy. i expected it to be smooth considering that it as a 1.4gHz Exynos dual core processor (and all e hype that Exynos get for being lag free) im super disappointed with the phone. sent it for repair twice already! im not going to upgrade to the Note 2 and im not going to get another Samsung product ever. im going to stick with either LG or Sony. you Samsung fanboys can eat sh*t

40. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Any word on HTC's competitor to the Note? Although I like the Note, anything from HTC will be much better build quality. I know it was previously reported I just haven heard anything in awhile.

39. Sweegee

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Hmm the s3 or should I wait for the note? Or wait for windows 8 phones to come out. Decisions decisions.....

38. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Now that's a good way for you to have the note in your pocket. I won't be too surprised if they'll release the next generation of the galaxy s with a bigger screen, since you can just adjust the size of the screen, that would make it comfortable in your pockets.

37. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

As long as they keep the 16:10 aspect ratio (ergo the hopeful 1920x1200) and not the s**tty "Media Standard" 16:9 NARROWSCREEN trash I will be on the gravy train for it... That being said, with the relese of the new Mac laptops... im actually having a "weird" moment... I cant stand Apple, the low IQ of the majority of its user base (read: ignorant fanboyism), the overpriced hardware, and the Berlin wall Software.... BUT... WHY THE HELL IS APPLE GETTING IT RIGHT? Id have to double check, but I kinda RAGE quit my browser after reading the initial specs because THE APPLE LAPTOP at least (not the phone) has a 16:10 aspect ratio... WHY SO SANE APPLE... I absolutly HATE the narrow screens that 16:9 provide and have already turned almost everyone I have "challanged" (putting my monitor against theirs and even swapping for daily use, they like....) into a 16:10 lover... Gah... Im rambling!

34. Myrith

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

So when I write on the screen with the pen, it'll be all squishy? This rumor just doesn't sound practical. I'll take glass.

33. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Regardless of what this device comes as from a spec standpoint it better launch on all carriers just like the Galaxy S3. No more one carrier junk. I want to have a Galaxy Note 2 to go along with my new Galaxy S3...

28. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I hope that the Note 2 will be available in October in the states because i'll save my eligibility to upgrade to it!! My wife has the Note and she loves it. Im a big guy (6'7" 240lbs) and the Note is the perfect phone for me

26. ghostkilla1388

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Bring the note to sprint and ill be happy!

22. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Ive been waiting for these rumors to start! I love the size of the Note and i've been looking forward to the Note 2. 5.4 inches tho? That seems like not much of a leap forward, more like baby steps. I was thinking 6.3. Anyway, I look forward to the new model. Cant wait.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Daniel, I dont see why they couldnt do HD+ and flexible at the same time. If you have some information I missed on the subject, show it to me please. That said... on a phone that size, I think id rather have the flexible screen. The HD to HD+ isnt going to be a huge difference, but the advantages when dropped should be huge for flex screens.

21. TheInfamousCJ

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

I concur, I do believe this will hit the states as the Google Nexus Note. If the rumors about a Google nexus 5 device line in November are correct. I expect they are true; I would love to see an Asus Nexus 10, Samsung Nexus Note, 2 high end devices from HTC and Lg, and a mid level Nexus from either Motorola/other OEM (if Google balks at using the motorola acquisition for a nexus line possibly Huawei). I doubt Samsung will get commissioned to do another Flagship Device unless its note esque; they don't want to harm their relationship wth OEMS.

17. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I don't drop phones, so I'll take a high res screen. thanks

16. _VipeR_

Posts: 47; Member since: May 30, 2011

My only hope is that, since no other US Carrier of importance (I'm going to say sorry to you T-mo, but please know that I'm really not) has taken the steps past testing the original note on their network, Sprint will simply bypass the original and pick up the Note II. I work across the hall from an AT&T store and all too many times have I considered switching just for the Note. However, I refuse to pay more than what I am for Sprint service and be limited on how much data I can use. Also, I am hoping that by the time the Note II reaches production, Samsung will have come up with a solution that will allow the US to take advantage of the Exynos processors and LTE service. If this comes to fruition, I will personally head up the largest petition campaign that Sprint has ever encountered in order to lobby for any device period. Yes! Including the iDrone!

32. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I'm confused. How do you mean to use the phrase "comes to fruition". I am fairly confident it means "comes to pass" or "occurs". Though, It is somewhat ambiguous what occurance that refers to. As such why do you need to lobby for any other device?

15. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i love PA for excluding that false watermark. god im still pissed.

14. Suts_97

Posts: 130; Member since: May 05, 2012

If they release this, S3's gonna be in trouble!

31. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Galaxy S III would only be affected by this if they do proceed to market this Galaxy Note II on all carriers. Even then, Galaxy S II has a huge head start as in 9 million pre-orders. There is room for both devices in the market. In fact, there will be a few people who will get both and alternate between them. If your carrier charges extra, just root one and make it a wi-fi hotspot then use Skype or Google Voice on the other. Or, move your SIM card between the two as needed. I suspect Verizon anticipates consumers trying this and it's why they're moving to shared data.

13. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Am I missing something? What good is a flexible display on a rigid body?

18. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

it can protect the screen from breaking when dropped..just like the LCD in laptops (the one that you'll see rainbows when you press it).. drop it and most probably only the body suffers damages, whereas the screen will not.. i don't know, i hope that flexible SuperAMOLED HD+ will be realised, but i'm fine with a normal SuperAMOLED HD+.. not that used to looking at pentile displays..

11. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Flexible is not likely this fall. Not mature enough to risk a flagship product on it,

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The note isnt samsung's flagship, thats the SGS3. The note is just the very well selling big brother to the flagship.

23. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Any Galaxy phone has the potential to be a flagship. I just wish they wouldnt brand their meant to be cheap phones with that branding.

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Which is why there is only one "S" That is their flagship series. The note was technically supposed to be a one off for business people and just happened to get popular. they were not expecting such sales from it. Glad they did though.

29. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I think Samsung spent more on advertising for the Galaxy Note than they did on all the Galaxy Ss combined! Think long format SuperBowl ad with ten celebrities and web tie-ins and giveaways! If that doesn't qualify for "flagship" status, I don't know what does. There's no reason why there can't be a near-flagship line which you spend more money on! Or is there?

30. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

This is why I prefer the term "marquis" instead of "flagship"

44. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

This was after months of availability outside of the U.S. where the Note had very promising sales. Samsung believed that the Note could be successful in the U.S. if it played its cards right, hence the large marketing campaign.

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