If you were among the ones who were waiting to lay their hands of the upcoming galaxy note 3 bearing a flexible display, then your dreams just got smashed. Burying the rumors of Samsung considering a flexible screen for its yet to be launched Samsung Galaxy Note III, a south Korean investment firm has revealed that it would be sporting the usual non-flexible glass display.
The firm also added that instead of the rumored 5.99 inch display, Note 3 would arrive fitted with a 6 inch AMOLED screen. The confirmation about the non-availability of the flexible screen came via a report from the investment company to its clients which stated that it does not believe that Samsung is ready to mass produce flexible OLED screens, and that the Korean based manufacturer needs more time to “adopt it for the major models.” says the report:
Although equipment for most processes has been delivered and the supply of remaining equipment (only for a specific process) should be finalized in 1H13, we cannot say [Samsung Display] is ready to mass-produce flexible OLED panels. Production technology still seems incomplete, and even assuming the start of production in 2H13, shipments that can be supplied to finished products would be minimal. As such, we believe chances are slim for [Samsung Electronics] to adopt flexible OLED panels for its Galaxy Note 3 (slated for release in 2H13). [Samsung Electronics] will likely choose flexible OLED for its smartphones as a differentiating design feature but would need more time to adopt it for the major models.
Apart from the Samsung, the other Korean manufacturer LG who had previously announced that it would deliver a handset with a flexible display before the end of the year, is believed to be having problems mass-producing the part. As a result, speculation is that LG will delay the launch of a smart phone with a flexible display. It may be noted that both Samsung and LG were using different technologies to produce their flexible screens. Samsung relies on thin-film encapsulation while LG is developing face-sealing encapsulation technology. In either case, the object is to prevent water and/or oxygen to reach the inside of the device. The report further adds that Samsung â€œis still far away from securing product reliability that guarantees mass-productionâ€ and LG’s technology â€œhas not yet been tried for mass-production.â€
There is a strong possibility that the Samsung Galaxy Note III could be unveiled at the forthcoming IFA 2013 in Berlin and the expected launch would be in the third quarter of this year.
Both the predecessors of the Note 3- the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 had featured the AMOLED displays, with the former packing a 5.3-inch AMOLED PenTile screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and the later featuring a 5.5-inch AMOLED non-PenTile display with 1280 x 720 resolution.
Ever since the news of the Samsung churning out the Galaxy note III came to the market, a number of rumors have been doing their round regarding the possible features to be packed in the device. With the launch of 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 a report suggested that the Galaxy Note 3 would sport the new processor. It is also being speculated that the device would include a Full HD display (1080p), 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory with microSD card slot for further storage expansion and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box OS. It is believd to powered by Exynos 5410 Octa-core processor that includes four Cortex A15 chips clocking 2GHz and four power-saving Cortex A7 chips running at 1.7GHz.