Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 not to offer metal design or flexible display

by: Chris SmithMay 16, 2013

Galaxy Note 2 (left) vs Galaxy S4 (right)

A new unconfirmed report reveals that Samsung has decided to stick with the current design line of its flagship device and build materials for the third-generation Galaxy Note model.

According to Sam Mobile’s insider, Samsung will not use the “renewed metal design” for the Galaxy Note 3 and the phone will not pack a flexible display either. Recent rumors did say that the company had to choose between different Galaxy Note 3 design prototypes, with one of them packing a flexible display.

More recently, an investment firm looking at Samsung’s display business, concluded that the Galaxy Note 3 won’t actually use a flexible display, because the South Korean giant can’t mass-produce flexible screens in sufficient quantities for such a device.

Apparently making enough metal cases for the Galaxy Note 3 is not possible either, which is why Samsung would rather use the Galaxy S4 design and build materials for the third-gen Note model. Naturally, this is a rumor for now, so take everything with a grain of salt, as we’ll surely see plenty of reports detailing Galaxy Note 3 features by the time the handset is official. Supposedly, the new Note model will be unveiled at some point in the third quarter of the year, most likely around IFA 2013.

samsung youm flexible bezel

Samsung Flexible Display

The Galaxy S4 became the fastest-selling smartphone in history to date, and while the Galaxy Note 3 will not move as many units as fast as the Galaxy S4, it will surely attract plenty of attention from buyers, just like its predecessors did.

If today’s rumor is accurate, it seems that Samsung would rather sell as many plastic Galaxy Note 3 handsets as fast as possible after announcing it rather than delay the launch of a metal Galaxy Note 3 that would also pack a flexible screen.

The Galaxy Note 3 is said to have a bezel smaller than its predecessor and to pack a 5.99-inch Full HD AMOLED display, Exynos 5 Octa processor (1.9GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 and 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7), 13-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and “the latest version of Android” with TouchWiz on top.

  • Why is there so much fuss….

    OMG, why are you even speculating? It will be a bigger S4, THAT IS IT. No metal, no crazy new display. This is Samsung not Innovatung.

    • Arsenal™

      “Innovatung” ? seriously dude?

      • RussianDroid

        LOL, he tried. Could have been worse I guess.

      • He is a German Innovatungger.

  • Samsung Knows very well that people demand Metal design so why not do it Samsung Why Not?

    • sh4d0w.phantom

      Did you even read the article? They say it’s not possible to mass produce the amount of metal casings required in time.

    • OMGgary

      Very few people “demand” metal. It just seems that way because empty cans make the most noise.

    • Whats wrong with polycarbonate? It cuts weight down, it flexes and has nearly zero radio attenuation. While I would like metal and glass. Check out the guts on ifixit, note 3 is an impact taking quality piece of gear. Most of the board is covered in gold leads.

      • Jared Persinger

        I personally don’t like plastic, and I don’t personally care about removable battery but that is a plus for Samsung, that’s why I have the htc one and before this I had a droid RAZR maxx hd

        • I dont like plastic for Tactile reasons. Also everyone hates the idea of a shortcut by building it outa plastic. The competition knows this and I bet they will use it against samsung “beware of this”. You should not feel like a lesser person because a superior material is cheaper and easier to build. Also im thinking the only way to have little to no bezel.

          • Gilles LeBlanc

            I may add, that is my fabulous gay opinion. Any other gay here feel like i do?

          • Didnt yo mama tell you its wrong to impersonate people? LoL

          • Ahaha I have no issues with homosexuality. Its a tween, guess disquis allows people to post with ur name that sucks.

      • Nice, ill watch that video. thx

    • MasterMuffin

      Why do people care so much about looks? Is it because so many ex iPhone users have switched to Android??

      • EKfine

        yep android is now plagued by X iphone users.

      • wpw

        Yes you are 100% correct, i was thinking the same thing

      • OMGgary

        You hit the nail right on the head there I think MM.
        The nonsensical idea that metal equals premium does sound like something from the iWorld. Interesting too that a certain Android OEM suddenly starts using this as their main selling point, less than 3 months after signing a deal with the crowd in Cupertino.

    • freedomspopular

      People demand removable battery and microSD so why is Samsung the only one doing it?

    • vampyren

      That is a big assumption, who is everyone? you do have any statistic showing your claim??? I thought so!

      I hate aluminum myself, i have S4 as well as iPhone5, sure aluminum feels nice and all but it dents and gets scratches super fast. I rather have the plastic and SD and removable Battery instead of shiny shell that i anyway put in a case so no not everyone want metal!

  • Stranger from a far coast

    I know i’ll get the S4 Google edition,

    ~Sincerely a Note 1 user

    • Overpriced junk, have fun with it!

  • Still would’ve liked the flexible screen. But anyway, maybe next year…

  • Eric White

    A GREAT design would be to incorporate those front facing speakers!!

  • The coming Note3 according to this information is satisfactory in my part. The budget I have set aside will stay intact. I have no issue about plastic.

    The real things I consider; s-pen/ 1080p res/ removable battery/ sd card/ camera resolution/ IR/ Health?/ samsung gnote distinguishing softwares/

  • Samsung is a scum

  • The Guy

    Even if the rumors said a phone made from gold, Samsung will stick to the cheap plastic coz they never really cared about build quality or costumer satisfaction, only profit matters.

    and if any of you hates Ironclad phones because of the cans you throw in the bin, I hate Samsung phones because of the condom i put on my D

    … a proud Xperia Z owner

  • Trick-or-Treat

    This ones will be one of the best. one of the top of the line, i believe it