Three prototypes for Samsung GALAXY Note III include one with a flexible display

Three prototypes for Samsung GALAXY Note III include one with a flexible display
Just the other day, we passed along some rumored specs that have been circulating around the Samsung GALAXY Note III, including the 3GB of RAM that could very well be aboard the next iteration of Sammy's phablet. At the same time that we brought the rumored specs to your attention, we showed you a photograph that allegedly displayed the Samsung GALAXY Note III compared in size to the just launched Samsung Galaxy S4 handset. A large-screened device to be sure, the picture turned out to be that of a ZOPO ZP950 Android handset with a 5.7 inch screen. In other words, the device pictured was not a Samsung manufactured product at all!

The good news though, is that there are said to be three different prototypes of the Samsung GALAXY Note III being looked at in Korea. One of the three will probably end up being the final design used for the next iteration of the GALAXY Note. Similar to the way that the design for the Samsung GALAXY Note II came directly from the Samsung Galaxy S III, one of the prototypes is a version of the Samsung GALAXY Note III that takes its design right from the latest version of Samsung's flagship Android handset. Another prototype for the Samsung GALAXY Note III is said to use the flexible screens that the manufacturer has been working on.

Regardless of which prototype does make it to the market, the phablet is rumored to be clad in metal instead of the plastic that Samsung has become known for. Samsung itself is said to be tired of hearing the criticism about its plastic phones.

The Samsung GALAXY Note III is expected to launch in September.

source:  greatcall via Slashgear

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39 Comments

1. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Mmmmm is gonna be plastic. We know that already. It will be nice to see kevlar on it. I honestly can wait until september to see if Im gonna upgrade or not. I gotta say Note series are one of the greatest invention from Samsung hands down.

8. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Now all the cry babies can get lost with all this silly LG GARBAGE and flexible/unbreakable display. Samsung owns this space.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I just don't understand what the fascination is with flexible displays. Does the market really want a phone with a convex or concave shaped display? (Dunno)

21. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Educate yourself before judging how the flexible screen will be used. Watch "Samsung Flexible Display at CES 2013: on YouTube -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3E7fUynrZU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The video has some interesting possibilities. However, the only one that seems probable in the near term is the rolled side notification panel. Folding displays will have to not suffer material fatigue from being folded 1000+ times in real world use.

26. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

There are many use cases that I can think of: - Get notifications on the side of the screen - Better angles of viweing if they are a blended - Give visual notifications by blending the display. But actually the most important feature is: they are virtually unbreakable! Yes, they can break, but probably other parts of the phone would break first. Remember all those drop tests you see in this site? Imagine that instead of gettinga broken screen it just flexes and recovers. Screen is the part that always breaks.

28. Adithya7184 unregistered

Exactly

10. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

plastic or not i ll buy coz i love s-pen features....

14. karimhasebou

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

plastic is not that bad. its durable. i dropped my galaxy note 2 on its back and nothing happened. the back came off but no scratches. i just put it on again

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If they do the hard-edged 'design' like what is shown in the pic, Apple will sue for infringing their bullsh*t design patent on hard edges.... You heard it first on PA.

29. g2a5b0e unregistered

What are you talking about? The S4 already has it.

30. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Check the side view in the pic above. The edges (where the front & rear become the top & sides) are almost 90 degree angles (like Apple has done with the iP5). The GS IV doesn't have the hard/sharp edges of the iP5. If Sammy produces toys with those hard edges, expect Apple to sue for infringing a design patent.

32. g2a5b0e unregistered

I guess I just don't understand what you mean. The design looks the same as the S4 to me. Check out the 360 view of the S4 & tell me if you still think so. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-S4_id7597/360

37. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The back panel on the GS IV has curves before the sides and top/bottom meet. The pic of the alleged Note III has a back without the curve-y transition to the sides and top/bottom. Put another way, the GS IV has maybe a 110 degree transition angle (from the sides to the back). The alleged Note III appears to have almost exactly a 90 degree transition angle. At least based on the pic, which is all we have to go on.

39. g2a5b0e unregistered

I see what you're saying now. You have quite the discerning eye to notice that.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

September? Samsung is going SLOW......... But nevertheless, I'm excited! Don't disappoint us Samsung! P.S No CHEEEEAPP PLASTIC please! :)

5. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Id rTher accept slow release of a new flagship than a super fast release that will make those buyers of d last flagship look dumb to have obsolete handset. :) and regular flagship releases with many bugs or not tested well in d labs :)

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hahaha.......before September, more flagships are coming from other manufacturers, and if Samsung choose September, Samsung is gonna lose the competition. :)

11. SleepingOz unregistered

"is going SLOW"? Samsung has always released its NOTE during this period. Please, do us a favour, if you have nothing interesting to say, just don't comment!

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I know right? I know I will get thumbs down when saying that! The problem is September, and we still have to wait for four months for the beast to be released! In this four months, more flagships will be released from other manufacturers! You know what I mean? The BEAST needs to be released FAST! And to those peoples who hate me, do me a favour, if you don't like my comment, just click the thumbs down and ignore me! As simple as that!

27. bparkerson unregistered

Working with a few issues maybe? There are medications available that might help.

33. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

We understand that you're saying that the competition will be great but that would only be a issue if all of the upcoming phones were going to be exactly the same. Thats not going to happen so theirs no need to worry.

34. ElixieR

Posts: 67; Member since: May 01, 2013

i don't understand why do you want samsung to release the note 3 faster when at the end you won't even buy it? why i said that? simply because you comment on every new phone's article when a new phone with this "x specs" to be released faster. people don't hate you they are most likely annoyed by your non-sense comment

3. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

PHONEARENA! This news was posted days ago. You seem too slow to pick up news lately.

4. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Thats beautiful, haha the beauty of gs4 front panel together w/ beautful back not like gs4 :) Anyway, i dont like flat back, thats uncom4table to hold. . Note3 w/ metal=heavy??

6. Saamic

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Plastic has its benefits: lightweight, better signal capture than metal phones, the fact that phones made with plastic more commonly have an accessible battery compared to phones made with metals." So does metal: "premium feel", nice-looking unibody design. Generally if you are more utilitarian you'll appreciate a plastic build, whereas if you like having fancy looking things, you'll appreciate a metal unibody build. Personally I don't care that much about the build of a phone as long as its sturdy and captures signal well, so as long as the metal doesn't interfere too much I could care less about whether the Note 3 comes in plastic or metal. I'm more interested in seeing a new Galaxy with an improved camera, better multitasking capabilities, a more efficient, less cartoony, TouchWiz UI, more customizability, and increased hardware specs like a better loud speaker and energy-efficient processor

9. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I feel the same way Personally I don't care that much about the build of a phone as long as its sturdy and captures signal well, so as long as the metal doesn't interfere too much I could care less about whether the Note 3 comes in plastic or metal. I'm more interested in seeing a new Galaxy with an improved camera, better multitasking capabilities, a more efficient, less cartoony, TouchWiz UI, more customizability, and increased hardware specs like a better loud speaker and energy-efficient processor.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope they make both. That way we could choose which one we prefer.

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

people shouldn't worry too much about stock launcher (touchwiz) since there are soo many launchers in the play store which is better. Nova launcher is probably the most smoothest launcher.

23. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Im w/ apex :) I think people are more concernd w/ the bunch of features that samsung integrates, well thats not a problem for me, i can turned them off yet when needed, i have them unlike when u need them in some crcumstnces, u cant coz ur phone doesnt have that

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