Shortly before the Galaxy Note 2 was released, rumors were rampant that the device might feature a flexible AMOLED display. With Samsung continuing to state that it intends to begin mass producing these displays, is it possible that we will see a flexible display on an improved version of the Note 2?

In 2011, Samsung wowed CES audiences with demonstrations of a flexible AMOLED display. The impressive technology lead some to believe that it wouldn’t be long until we began to see it put to use in Samsung’s mobile devices. So far, that has yet to happen, but recent clues hint that we may finally begin to see phones using the flexible display, just maybe not in the way we thought.

A report from MK News claims that Samsung needs only to select the supplier for materials and will then be ready to start manufacturing its flexible AMOLED technology. The report goes on to claim that a 5.5 inch panel using this technology will be put to use in an improved Galaxy Note 2. Note that this is not the first time that we have heard that Samsung intended to use its new technology in the Galaxy Note 2, so it is entirely possible that this is just a retread of those same rumors from earlier this year.

If we do see an updated Galaxy Note 2, this still doesn’t mean that  you will be able to bend the device around your wrist. It is far more likely that the intended use for the new screen would be to make room for a larger battery or other extra components, due to it being thinner than the screen in the current version of the Note 2. This is bolstered by recent claims from Samsung that it hopes to begin mass production of truly flexible displays by 2014.

Kristofer Wouk
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  • If we’re talking 2014, wouldn’t that be the Note 3 or 4?

    • Actually having truly flexible smart devices wont come until at least the end of 2014, and it will be a small market to start with. But yes, it’s likely that is just another rumor, and something to keep things “moving along” as they say.

  • AlanPersi

    So does that mean they are going to launch the Note II carrying flexible display whole as an improved device (sme how like the improved galaxy Note 10.1 by the time it was launched) or it is going to be the future improvement for the already launched Note II ??? I don’t think that the second option is going to be the one as there were rumors for improved CPU for original Note which has never happened until the new version so in the case of display, its probably will be applicable for the new version of the Note series I guess… but I really really like and support if it happens right now of course…

  • shahin yavari

    i highly doubt this is going into the note 2. carriers have already been sent samples 3 days ago to start testing on their network.

  • I doubt it – ideally both will be identical aesthetically, it’s just that the one with the improved display will have some internal upgrades. Think about what HTC is doing with their One X – they are just im proving it at a later date to drive sales and bake in better tech. I highly doubt this will be akin to what happened with the Note 10.1

    But seriously none of this matters – because if you like big, super fast, crazy powerful mobile devices, than there’s nothing on the planet that can touch the hotness that is the Note II – right now.

    • MasterMuffin

      And I highly doubt that there will be note 2 with flexible screen, maybe galaxy nexus 2 (that would be cool)

  • So…this display will be less prone to shattering?

  • I dont think it will be the Note 2.. maybe the S4 or Note 3? :)

  • hoggleboggle

    I doubt it. For one it is actually counter productive for use with astylus. Anyone who has tried to wriyewrite on a floppy bit of paper can attest to that. Unless they can include a feature using memory metal that stiffens the whole device the minute the stylus is pulled out?

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